Not to be confused with the Bug Bot Imp, the Imp variant in Far Future.

Bug Zombie is the eighth zombie encountered in Lost City in Plants vs. Zombies 2. The bug can carry a Basic, Conehead, or Buckethead Adventurer Zombie. It greatly improves the zombie's speed, making it easier for the zombies to advance. The Kernel-pult's butter can destroy the bug instantly, while using Blover or Hurrikale will kill both the zombie and the bug, just like all other flying zombies. Additionally, Tall-nut and Infi-nut's shield can stop it from moving. The bug has separate health from the zombie it is carrying. When it is destroyed, the zombie will fall to the ground and advance normally.


The Bug is most likely based of the Meganeura, an extinct species of giant dragonfly that lived during the Carboniferous period.

Almanac entry

Bug Zombie

TOUGHNESS: Protected
SPEED: Speedy

Bug carries zombie in over ground defenses and lifts him over barriers.

Bug Zombie and Bug make a great team. Partly because Bug gives Bug Zombie great mobility, but mostly because they share an intense disinterest in horses.


The bug absorbs 350 damage per shot and degrades upon absorbing 175 damage per shot, before dying at 350 damage per shot. After its death it drops the zombie that it was carrying.


Player's House: Piñata Party

Big Wave Beach: Piñata Party

Lost City: Days 11-32, Temple of Bloom, and Piñata Party

Modern Day: Day 34, and Highway to the Danger Room (portal only)

Battlez: Dandelion's Brainstorm Tournament


Bug Zombies are dangerous zombies due to their speed and the amount of damage they absorb, especially because they sometimes carry a Buckethead Adventurer Zombie. Because of this potential health boost, it is a bigger threat than the Seagull Zombie and Jetpack Zombie. Like the aforementioned zombies, Blover or Hurrikale will blow them off the screen, killing them instantly, and making usage of the two plants an easy way to get rid of Bug Zombies. Kernel-pult is also a choice to consider, but it relies solely on luck (butter) and it kills only the bug, leaving the zombie behind. Using this plant is not recommended if Parasol Zombies are also present, as they can deflect its kernels and butter. Plants such as Cherry Bomb, Jalapeno, Squash, Spore-shroom, Toadstool, and Chomper can instantly kill both the bug and the zombie it carries. Tall-nuts and Infi-nut/Moonflower's force field will also stop this zombie. Since Bug Zombies usually come in hordes at later levels of Lost City and at Temple of Bloom levels, the only resonable solution is a Blover since Hurrikale only covers a single lane. It can be very dangerous in Beghouled, too. Try to make matches of four to kill this zombie quickly.

Like other flying zombies, flying Bug Zombies cannot be dragged by Grimrose, so avoid using this plant against them. However, if a Buckethead Adventurer goes inside too deep, you'll have to use this plant if you don't have anything like a Blover.

Lost City - Day 32/Modern Day - Day 34

Bug Zombies can be a threat in these levels. Since Bug Zombie can fly past the defensive plants and reach the player's house without much of a problem. If the bug dies, the carrying zombie could activate some boulder trap tiles causing destruction in your defenses.

Highway to the Danger Room

Bug Zombies that appear in the early waves in these levels can cause trouble, especially if they are carrying Buckethead Adventurer Zombies, as it can appear halfway into the player's lawn through portals, and the player may not be prepared for them, as they may be still setting up their defenses or did not choose any plants that could counter them, since they do not appear in the seed selection menu. Cold Snapdragon can help, as it has a reliable cost of 150 sun and can slow down both the bug and the zombie. If you brought Blover or Hurrikale with you, simply use one of them.


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  • When it is killed, a green ooze-like splash is visible. This is supposedly the bug's blood and guts.
  • Electrocuting it will show a tiny zombie inside the bug body pedaling it and powering it mechanically.
    • This suggests that the bug is not actually a bug at all, but rather a vehicle for a tiny zombie inside.
    • Due to the result of the bug's regular death animation, the bug may be at the very least a biorobotic vehicle.
  • It is referred to as "Zombug" in social media by PopCap.
  • Although there are Conehead and Buckethead variants, only the regular variant is shown in the Almanac.
  • Magnet-shroom cannot steal buckets from Buckethead Adventurer Zombies carried by them.
  • Its Summer Nights Piñata Party costume makes the bug resemble a firefly instead of a dragonfly.
  • The dropped zombie is invincible for about a second when the bug is destroyed. This can be observed with dense-firing projectiles. If you use a Plant Food on a Peashooter, it will kill the bug quickly and you will see a few peas that pass through thezombie instead of hitting it.
  • In the Neon Mixtape Tour Side B Piñata Parties, after a bug is killed, the dropped Adventurer Zombie changes into a Neon Zombie.
    • This also happened with Zombie Bull in Summer Nights: when the Bull Rider Zombie was launched, the Imp immediately turned into Hot Dog Imp.
  • When it is stalled by Stallia, poisoned by Shadow-shroom, or chilled by ice-based plants, killing the bug will remove the effect.
  • There are some other plants that can kill the Bug Zombie without releasing the zombie besides Blover, Hurrikale etc. This includes instant kills, Bonk Choy, Coconut Cannon and Banana Launcer.

Specific to the Chinese version

  • Before the 1.7.0 update, when the zombie it carried would always be level 1, regardless of the bug's level.

See also

Plants vs. Zombies 2
Player's House
Ancient Egypt
Pirate Seas
Wild West
Frostbite Caves
Lost City
Far Future
Dark Ages
Neon Mixtape Tour
Jurassic Marsh
Big Wave Beach
China Shell Zombie
Modern Day
Kongfu World
Sky City
Steam Ages
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