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UB-02 Absorption: Buzzwole

Buzzwole is the poster child of Ultra Jungle. Numerous and very social, Buzzwole readily interacts with alien visitors and is the most likely victim of translocation via Ultra Wormhole from this particular world. When faced with an opponent, it will strike a pose and puff up its bulging muscles for intimidation. This is a typical ritual amongst the species when meeting a stranger; poses will be exchanged until one offers a show of respect.

The safest option for researchers in this situation is to submit; effective gestures include bows, the offering of a handshake, and placing the hands over the chest with relaxed arms. If this does not work, an offering of food gets the message across in almost all cases. Flexing in response initiates a challenge and can escalate the situation into an all-out fight, and human researchers in this position are at a very obvious disadvantage.

Buzzwole are bloodsuckers by nature. Their diamond-hard probosces are strong enough to pierce the incredibly thick skin of their main food source, Sokkort, to reach the veins. A digestive enzyme produced within the proboscis also allows them to selectively liquefy and absorb fats and proteins as well, allowing it to feed on the blubber of their preferred prey instead of or in addition to the blood. This also allows them to consume fruit in small quantities, though they prefer berries as a treat rather than a full-time diet.

Pokémon of the Undiscovered egg group are fascinating subjects of study, and Buzzwole is no exception. Each Buzzwole is sexless until mating season arrives, where they enter a feeding frenzy and begin to develop primary and secondary sexual characteristics. By adjusting their nutrient intake, exercise, and environmental stimuli, a Buzzwole can choose which sex it develops into. Intense strength training, sunbathing, chasing small prey, and eating fruit cause male development. Conversely, lower-body strength and endurance training, ravenous parasitic predation, and cooler temperatures cause female development. Males grow thick, feathery antennae and long maxillary palps, which they use to sniff out mates.

The transition to female is much more dramatic. The female Buzzwole uses the nutrients from her feeding frenzy to sprout a large abdomen in which her eggs will grow. The legs stretch out and bulk up in order to lift the new organ, drawing fluids away from the upper body. Pheromone glands grow just above the hips and behind the shoulders. When she has finished metamorphosing, she will crawl to a safe place, typically a wide clearing, and call males down from the canopy with clouds of pheromones so thick that the air turns pink. Once she has gathered enough males, she will challenge each one to a shoving match. Though her arm strength is depleted, she is bulky enough to brace herself against the ground with her strong legs. If a male pushes her far enough according to her standards, he gets to mate with her. A Buzzwole clutch can have multiple fathers if the female allows it.

Once her eggs are fertilized, the female climbs up into the canopy in order to lay her eggs in one of the large bromeliads and leaf-pools that dot the branches. Sometimes her clutch is so big that she has to lay them in separate pools. The males who have earned her respect will often lend her their strength, as her bulk is not well-suited to climbing. Her team of males, as well as Buzzwole who decline to breed that year, often gather leaves and tree resin to build large pools for the eggs. With the eggs safely laid, they all shed their sexual characteristics and return to their genderless base form. Some of them keep their shed maxillary palps or shriveled abdomens, apparently as keepsakes.

For a handful of months after the eggs are laid, Buzzwole relax their territorial borders and cooperate as large swarms in order to raise the next generation. It is during this time that their complex social structure is revealed. Their flexes become more intricate, incorporating various hand gestures, stances, and antennae positioning to deepen the meaning of each pose. Current research is attempting to determine whether or not these gestures are complex enough to serve as a language. So far, evidence upholds the theory. Buzzwole use these signals to spread information regarding the health of the clutch, warn comrades of threats, and collect, store, and ration food. They form small friend groups, affectionately referred to by researchers as "lifting buddies", which share territory and persist after the swarm breaks up.

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