I don't play PGO, but I enjoy taking pictures of interesting insects, plants, etc. and sometimes stumble across things that have (or may have) inspired Pokémon. Here are some "Pokémon" I've caught (on film) IRL—feel free to share some of your own! (Some of these may not be species-specific, but I feel that they would still translate into these Pokémon.) GEN. 1–3 Spoiler: BULBASAUR & IVYSAUR Bulbasaur and Ivysaur were confirmed in an interview to be based on frogs. They may draw inspiration from tree frogs given its Grass typing. Their polygonal spots resemble those on some toxic frogs. Spoiler: VENUSAUR Being stockier than Bulbasaur and having obvious warts, Venusaur is most likely based on toads. Spoiler: CHARMANDER Charmander's English name suggests that it may be based on salamanders, which are associated with the element of fire in Japanese mythology. Spoiler: SQUIRTLE Squirtle is based on baby pond turtles. Though mainly terrestrial, box turtles are members of the American pond turtle family. Spoiler: CATERPIE Caterpie is based on swallowtail butterfly caterpillars. Some species (including this one) extend a foul-smelling Y-shaped defensive organ from above their head when threatened. Spoiler: WEEDLE Weedle represents the larval stage of a wasp. It also has characteristics of stinging caterpillars, called "kemushi" in Japan (which is also Weedle's Japanese category). Spoiler: KAKUNA While it may represent wasp or bee pupae in general, Kakuna's characteristic of dangling from a silk thread (as seen in the anime and some side games) seems to have been inspired by hanging parasitoid wasp cocoons. Spoiler: BEEDRILL (Shiny) While based on an Asian giant hornet, Beedrill's green and blue Shiny palette may draw inspiration from cuckoo wasps. Spoiler: SPEAROW Spearow is based on sparrows. Spoiler: PARAS & PARASECT Paras and Parasect are based on insects that have fallen victim to a parasitoid fungus. The base insect appears to be a cicada nymph (see Nincada), but Parasect also bears an uncanny resemblance to red velvet mites, which themselves are parasites. Spoiler: VENONAT Despite its name, Venonat seems to be based (at least partially) on hairy, venomous caterpillars. Megalopyge-genus caterpillars are particularly round, so it may draw inspiration from those. Spoiler: VENOMOTH Venomoth seems to combine the idea of toxic moths (tiger moths) with the appearance of toxic swallowtail butterflies, such as the Pipevine Swallowtail (which may explain its Shiny colors). (NOTE: This is a Spicebush Swallowtail, a mimic of the toxic Pipevine Swallowtail. However, according to author Phillip J. Schappert, there's indication that even this species may be distasteful.) Spoiler: POLIWHIRL Poliwhirl may be based on metamorph froglets (tadpoles with all four legs), despite lacking a tail. Poliwag would represent the tadpole with hindlegs, Poliwrath a froglet, and Politoed an adult frog. Spoiler: SCYTHER Scyther is based on the Japanese Giant Mantis. While these don't occur in the US, the Chinese Mantis (North America's largest mantid) belongs to the same genus and was once considered part of the same species. Spoiler: PINSIR Pinsir is based on stag beetles. Spoiler: OMANYTE (Helix Fossil) The Helix Fossil (Omanyte) is based on ammonoid, ancient spiral-shelled squid, fossils. Spoiler: LEDYBA (Shiny) Ledyba's Shiny palette seems to be based on the transitional yellowish stage of many ladybird species. Spoiler: Ariados Ariados appears to draw inspiration from various spiders, especially orb-weavers. Its erect, spine-like "hind legs" suggest that spiny orb-weavers (Gasteracantha or Micrathena) may be among these. Spoiler: HOPPIP, SKIPLOOM, & JUMPLUFF This family is based on the life cycle of a dandelion. Spoiler: YANMA (Shiny) While based on the Banded Darter dragonfly, Yanma's Shiny palette may draw inspiration from the Blue Dasher (or blue dragonflies in general). Spoiler: UMBREON Umbreon seems to be based on black cats. Several TCG cards suggest that Umbreon is more cat-like than other speculated origins (such as foxes and rabbits). Spoiler: PINECO Pineco is based on bagworms whose cases superficially resemble pine cones, such as the Evergreen Bagworm. It also has characteristics of grenades or caltrops, perhaps referencing this species' destructive habits. Spoiler: DUNSPARCE Dunsparce is based on the snake-like Tsuchinoko cryptid of Japan. While this creature has yet to be proven to exist, hornworms are sometimes mistaken for it. The hoop snake is essentially America's version of the Tsuchinoko. Long rumored to give chase to humans, some believe that the black racer (along with other colubrids) may have inspired tales of this cryptid. Spoiler: GLIGAR Gligar's design seems to be a pun on "scorpionfly." Spoiler: HERACROSS (Mega) Mega Heracross is based on Hercules Beetles. Spoiler: BEAUTIFLY Beautifly is based on swallowtail butterflies. Spoiler: DUSTOX Dustox is based on the Japanese Moon Moth, a close relative and lookalike of the American Luna Moth. Spoiler: SEEDOT Seedot is based on acorns. Spoiler: SURSKIT Surskit is based on water striders. Spoiler: MASQUERAIN Masquerain seems to combine aspects of damselflies and moths with eyespots. Spoiler: NINCADA, NINJASK, & SHEDINJA This family is based on the life cycle of a cicada—nymph, adult, and shed skin. Spoiler: TRAPINCH Trapinch is based on the larval stage of an antlion. Spoiler: VIBRAVA While representative of an adult antlion, Vibrava appears to draw more visual inspiration from mayflies. This may be a reference to the Japanese word for an adult antlion translating "thin-winged mayfly." Spoiler: FLYGON Flygon represents the adult stage of an antlion. Its design and association with sandstorms may be a pun on "sanddragon" dragonflies. Spoiler: CORPHISH & CRAWDAUNT Corphish and Crawdaunt are based on crayfish.