Animal Crossing: Last Chance To Catch These Bugs And Fish In New Horizons Before They Leave

A new month is just around the corner, which means it's your last chance to catch certain bugs, fish, and sea creatures in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.


October is just around the corner now, which means a new assortment of bugs, fish, and sea creatures will soon begin appearing in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. That also means that certain species will be leaving your island in only a couple of hours, making this your last chance to catch them in the game for a little while.

Now that fall has begun in Northern Hemisphere islands, many of the remaining summer bugs and fish will be heading into hibernation come October. By contrast, only a handful of critters are leaving Southern Hemisphere islands next month, but you'll still want to catch them while you can to fill out your encyclopedia. You can see all the bugs, fish, and sea creatures that are leaving Animal Crossing: New Horizons today, September 30, below.

Fish And Bugs Leaving After September

Northern Hemisphere


ArapaimaRiver, 64 PM - 9 AM10,000
ArowanaRiver, 44 PM - 9 AM10,000
Butterfly FishSea, 2All day1,000
Clown FishSea, 1All day650
CrawfishPond, 2All day200
DoradoRiver, 54 AM - 9 PM15,000
GarPond, 54 PM - 9 AM6,000
Great White SharkSea, fin4 PM - 9 AM15,000
Hammerhead SharkSea, fin4 PM - 9 AM8,000
King SalmonRiver (mouth), 6All day1,800
Nibble FishRiver, 19 AM - 4 PM1,500
Ocean SunfishSea, fin4 AM - 9 PM4,000
PiranhaRiver, 29 AM - 4 PM, 9 PM - 4 AM2,500
Puffer FishSea, 3All day250
Saddled BichirRiver, 49 PM - 4 AM4,000
SalmonRiver (mouth), 4All day700
Saw SharkSea, fin4 PM - 9 AM12,000
Soft-shelled TurtleRiver, 44 PM - 9 AM3,750
SuckerfishSea, finAll day1,500
SurgeonfishSea, 2All day1,000
SweetfishRiver, 3All day900
Whale SharkSea, finAll day13,000

If you have a Northern Hemisphere island, this week marks your last chance to catch a number of summer fish, including sharks. Not only are these normally hard to come by, as they only appear in the ocean during the summer months, they also fetch a pretty penny at Nook's Cranny, making them a great way to earn money. A variety of different river and pond fish are leaving at the end of this month as well, including some valuable catches like the dorado, arowana, and arapaima.


Agrias ButterflyFlying near flowers8 AM - 5 PM3,000
Atlas MothOn trees7 PM - 4 AM3,000
Diving BeetleRiver/pond8 AM - 7 PM800
Earth-boring Dung BeetleOn the groundAll day300
Emperor ButterflyFlying near flowers5 PM - 8 AM4,000
Giant Water BugRiver/pond7 PM - 8 AM2,000
Goliath BeetleOn coconut trees5 PM - 8 AM8,000
GrasshopperOn the ground8 AM - 5 PM160
Madagascan Sunset MothFlying near flowers8 AM - 4 PM2,500
MosquitoFlying5 PM - 4 AM130
PondskaterRiver/pond8 AM - 7 PM130
Queen Alexandra's BirdwingFlying near flowers8 AM - 4 PM4,000
Rainbow StagOn trees7 PM - 8 AM6,000
Rajah Brooke's BirdwingFlying near flowers8 AM - 5 PM2,500
Tiger ButterflyFlying near flowers4 AM - 7 PM240
Walker CicadaOn trees8 AM - 4 PM400
Walking LeafOn the ground (disguised as a leaf)All day600

A number of bugs are leaving Northern Hemisphere islands this week as well, most notably various butterflies. Some of these, like the Queen Alexandra's birdwing and agrias butterfly, are worth a few thousand bells apiece, so you'll want to catch them while you can. While most beetles have since gone into hibernation, the rainbow stag and goliath beetle have still been appearing on trees this month, but they'll likewise leave the game come October.

Sea Creatures

Sea CreatureTimePrice
Flatworm4 PM - 9 AM700
Gigas Giant ClamAll day15,000
Horseshoe Crab9 PM - 4 AM2,500
Moon JellyfishAll day600
Sea GrapesAll day900
Sea UrchinAll day1,700
Slate Pencil Urchin4 PM - 9 AM2,000
Tiger Prawn4 PM - 9 AM3,000

Unlike fish, you'll need to dive to catch sea creatures, which makes them a bit more of a hassle to find. If you haven't taken a dip in the ocean in a while, however, you'll want to do so before September ends, as the rare and valuable gigas giant clam is leaving the game come October. It sells for a whopping 15,000 bells and won't be back until May, so don't miss your chance to catch one.

Southern Hemisphere


BitterlingRiver, 1All day900
Football FishSea, 44 PM - 9 AM2,500
Sea ButterflySea, 1All day1,000
StringfishRiver (clifftop), 54 PM - 9 AM15,000
SturgeonRiver (mouth), 6All day10,000
Yellow PerchRiver, 3All day300

In contrast to Northern Hemisphere islands, only a few fish are leaving the game for Southern Hemisphere players in October. These include the rare--and pricey--stringfish and sturgeon. Both appear in specific parts of the river; the former can be found in the clifftop, while the latter spawns in the mouth of the river near the ocean.


Emperor ButterflyFlying near flowers5 PM - 8 AM4,000

Only one bug is leaving Southern Hemisphere islands come October, but it's a pretty valuable one: the emperor butterfly. It sells for 4,000 bells at Nook's Cranny and is a pretty common sight around flowers, so catch and sell while you can.

Sea Creatures

Sea CreatureLocationTime
Red King CrabAll day8,000

Likewise, only one sea creature is leaving Southern Hemisphere islands: the red king crab. It appears in the ocean all day and will net you 8,000 bells at Nook's Cranny.

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