Pacific Ring-necked Snake (Diadophis punctatus amabilis) (by Crotalinae)
Normally I avoid “in-hand” shots of field herping, but I love how this one turned out.
While you are totally entitled to your opinion of dunsparce being uninteresting, I do have to correct you on a point!
Dunsparce is not meant to be based on a bee (not totally, at least—there are certainly one or two bee-like traits that it has, such as its wings and stinger); a glance at its species name reveals that it is known as the Land Snake Pokemon. Further digging shows that it is based on a very specific snakelike creature—the Tsuchinoko.
The Tsuchinoko is a cryptid from japan, similar to the stories of Bigfoot and Chupacabra in North America. This badass critter has fangs and venom similar to a viper and has been described as being able to jump up to a meter in distance, and sometimes will bite its tail and roll around like a hoop. Its similarity to Dunsparce is quite obvious once you notice how it is short in length yet wide in girth, has a small tapering tail, and a rounded head.
Moving away from mythological origins and on to my own speculation, Pokemon has pushed Dunsparce back into the public eye over the past year or so, with its prominence in new games, a new official plushie, and a feature in PokemonAmie. That suggests to me that there are big plans for this little serpent in the new pokemon games, possibly a badass evolution and/or a new typing (its small wings and ability Serene Grace have me thinking it could possibly end up typed as a Fairy!).
Hopefully that makes this precious snakey a little more worthy in your eyes, but I’m not too fussed if not—everyone has a least favorite, after all, and sometimes it’s gonna be Dunsparce. :P
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