Para-Beetles (also known as Parabeetles in the European regions) are flying Buzzy Beetles that first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3. They fly across the skies and can be used as platforms, Para-Beetles are immune to most attacks but defeating them isn't usually necessary as Para-Beetles are usually required for crossing the open skies. When stepped on, a Para-Beetle will gradually fly up into the air.
Para-Beetles look similar to Parabuzzies that appear in the Paper Mario series except Para-Beetles are a little smaller in size and have red shells instead of blue ones.
They tweet like birds when stepped on.
Super Mario Bros. 3
Para-Beetles are first seen in Super Mario Bros. 3. They only appear in the Sky Land level World 5-6. In the game the fly through the skies of the level, jumping on a stationary Para-Beetle will slightly lower it, though it will gradually rise upwards again. The mobile Para-Beetles soar quickly through the skies, forcing the plumbers to jump from Para-Beetle to Para-Beetle. Para-Beetles cannot be defeated with either stomps or fireballs but they can be killed with the use of the Super Leaf, the Hammer Suit, or the Starman.
Also there was a Green Para-Beetle that appeared via Game Genie Codes, the Green Para-Beetles are faster than their Red siblings.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
After an incredibly long absence, Para-Beetles return in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. There is also a huge new sub-species known as the Heavy Parabeetle. They only appear in World 7-6. If you jump on eight Para-Beetles consecutively without touching the ground, a 1-Up Mushroom will fall from the sky, which can be collected for an extra life. If you step on a regular Para-Beetle, it will start to rise to the top of the screen, however if you jump on a Heavy Parabeetle, it will start to descend slowly due to it's weight. In this game, Para-Beetles are completely invincible and cannot be defeated in any way.
New Super Mario Bros. U/New Super Luigi U/New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Go, Goomba, Go! • This Beans War • For the Love of Hammers • Winged Traitors • The Hoohoo Melee Brigade • The Great Hammer Barrage • Don't Fear Flying Foes • Goombas vs. Goombas • The Amnesiac Koopa King • Goombas Galore
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The Sweet Smell of Soda • Deep Trouble • Forest Masquerade • Reclaim the Red Goblet! • Gold Beanie Appears • Invisible Leaderership • Ice Guys Finish Last • The Tough-As-Nails Squad • Forest Fight • Popple's Partner • Captain Goomba Trial (Gold) • Shy Guy Goes Overboard • King of the Boos
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Goombas Unite • Gather the Cruiser Parts! • Power Play • Spear Party on Ice • Monochrome Explosion • Gold Beanie Fights Back! • Return of the Koopa Cruiser • The Trio's Last Stand • Captain Boo Trial (Gold) • Boo Party! • Shy Guy Barrage
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