Animal Crossing: New Horizons Bugs Guide - How To Catch, Prices, And More

Here are all the bugs we've found so far in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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Blathers might think the bugs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons are "wretched," but collecting them is one of the best things you can do in the game. The deserted island is filled with insects to collect, sell, gift, donate, and display, and you can find a variety depending on the time of year, weather, or season.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has a total of 80 insects, which is eight more than in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Below, you'll find a table listing every bug in the game, where and when to catch it, and how much it sells for. We've rounded up the same information (but for fish) in our fishing guide. If you're looking for a list of items in the game, you can check out GameFAQs' full New Horizons catalog tool.

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How To Catch Bugs In New Horizons

In order to catch bugs, you will need a net of some kind. The first net you get in the game is the flimsy net, which can be upgraded to the net at a DIY bench. There are no special limits to what any net can catch in the game--the type of net just determines how many times the tool can be used before breaking. Once your net breaks, just craft a new one at a DIY bench with resources found around the island or purchase a new one at Nook’s Cranny.

To catch a bug, approach it with your net equipped, taking care to hold down A to sneak up slowly. Once you're within reach, release the A button and your net will spring forward to grab the critter. If you miss, you might be able to nab the bug by mashing the A button, but sometimes bugs will flee. It takes practice, so don't be discouraged if you find that you're scaring away more bugs than you're catching at first.

Location

Bugs will spawn in different locations and environments. Trees, rivers, flowers, rocks, and light sources all play a role in where bugs will spawn on the island. Many bugs require a specific environmental feature to spawn, so keep that in mind when terraforming and decorating your island--you'll want at least one tree stump to get some bugs, for example. Also, if you don’t have any trees or flowers, you may find the bug population seriously lacking.

Weather

Weather is the second biggest condition that impacts which bugs appear. In spring, butterflies won’t appear when it’s raining; instead, bugs like snails will be out and about. Rain, snow, and sunny days will all attract different bugs to the island, so taking note of which bugs like certain weather will be the key to completing your collection.

Time And Date

As time in Animal Crossing is synced up with the real world, or whichever date and time you have entered into your Nintendo Switch, the time you play your game matters. New Horizons goes through all the stages of a 24-hour period in real-time, with different bugs appearing at different times. Bugs also vary depending on what month it is, which the game refers to as seasonality. If you want to collect every kind of bug, you will need to play the game at all different hours and throughout the year. The seasonality of bugs changes depending on which hemisphere you chose, too.

For reference, you can always check what time and months the bugs that you have caught will spawn in your Critterpedia.

Bugs To Catch In May

Bugs will come and go in and out of season in Animal Crossing. For players in the Northern Hemisphere, this month sees the arrival of the scorpion and the departure of the tarantula; for Southern Hemisphere players, it's the opposite. See a comprehensive list of what's coming and going in May in our guides below.

Rare Bug Guides

There are tons of rare bugs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Some have unique spawn conditions that make them tricky to find, while others might just be hard to catch. If you're looking to fill up your Critterpedia and your museum and need some help with the difficult ones, check out some of our specialized bug guides below.

A scorpion in the museum in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
A scorpion in the museum in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Every Bug In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The list below contains the time of year, time of day, location, and price for every bug in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Months denoted with "N" correspond to the Northern Hemisphere, while an "S" indicates the bug's availability in the Southern Hemisphere.

BugMonthsLocationTimeSell Price

Agrias Butterfly

Apr - Sept (N);
Oct - Mar (S)

Flying near flowers

8 AM - 5 PM

3000

Ant

All year

On spoiled turnips

All day

80

Atlas Moth

Apr - Sept (N);
Oct - Mar (S)

On trees

7 PM - 4 AM

3000

Bagworm

All year

Shake tree

All day

600

Banded Dragonfly

May - Oct (N);
Nov - Apr (S)

Flying

8 AM - 5 PM

4500

Bell Cricket

Sept - Oct (N);
Mar - Apr (S)

On the ground

5 PM - 8 AM

430

Blue Weevil Beetle

July - Aug (N);
Jan - Feb (S)

On coconut trees

All day

800

Brown Cicada

July - Aug (N);
Jan - Feb (S)

On hardwood/cedar trees

8 AM - 5 PM

250

Centipede

Sept - June (N);
Mar - Dec (S)

Hit rocks

5 PM - 11 PM

300

Cicada Shell

July - Aug (N);
Jan - Feb (S)

On trees

All day

10

Citrus Long-Horned Beetle

All year

On tree stumps

All day

350

Common Bluebottle

Apr - Aug (N);
Oct - Feb (S)

Flying near flowers

4 AM - 7 PM

300

Common Butterfly

Sept - June (N);
Mar - Dec (S)

Flying near flowers

4 AM - 7 PM

160

Cricket

Sept - Nov (N);
Mar - May (S)

On the ground

5 PM - 8 AM

130

Cyclommatus Stag

July - Aug (N);
Jan - Feb (S)

On coconut trees

5 PM - 8 AM

8000

Damselfly

Nov - Feb (N);
May - Aug (S)

Flying

All day

500

Darner Dragonfly

Apr - Oct (N);
Oct - Apr (S)

Flying

8 AM - 5 PM

230

Diving Beetle

May - Sept (N);
Nov - Mar (S)

River/pond (surface)

8 AM - 7 PM

800

Drone Beetle

June - Aug (N);
Dec - Feb (S)

On trees

All day

200

Dung Beetle

Dec - Feb (N);
June - Aug (S)

Snowballs

All day

3000

Earth-Boring Dung Beetle

July - Sept (N);
Jan - Mar (S)

On trees

All day

300

Emperor Butterfly

Dec - Mar,
June - Sept
(N and S)

Flying near flowers

5 PM - 8 AM

4000

Evening Cicada

July - Aug (N);
Jan - Feb (S)

On hardwood/cedar trees

4 PM - 8 AM,
4 PM - 7 PM

550

Firefly

June (N);
Dec (S)

Flying

7 PM - 4 AM

300

Flea

Apr - Nov (N);
Oct - May (S)

On a flea-infested villager

All day

70

Fly

All year

Around garbage

All day

60

Giant Cicada

July - Aug (N);
Jan - Feb (S)

On hardwood/cedar trees

8 AM - 5 PM

500

Giant Stag

July - Aug (N);
Jan - Feb (S)

On trees

11 PM - 8 AM

10000

Giant Water Bug

Apr - Sept (N);
Oct - Mar (S)

River/pond (surface)

7 PM - 8 AM

2000

Giraffe Stag

July - Aug (N);
Jan - Feb (S)

On coconut trees

5 PM - 8 AM

12000

Golden Stag

July - Aug (N);
Jan - Feb (S)

On coconut trees

5 PM - 8 AM

12000

Goliath Beetle

June - Sept (N);
Dec - Mar (S)

On coconut trees

5 PM - 8 AM

8000

Grasshopper

July - Sept (N);
Jan - Mar (S)

On the ground

8 AM - 5 PM

160

Great Purple Emperor

May - Aug (N);
Nov - Feb (S)

Flying near flowers

4 AM - 7 PM

3000

Hermit Crab

All year

Beach (looks like a shell)

7 PM - 8 AM

1000

Honeybee

Mar - July (N);
Sept - Jan (S)

Flying near flowers

8 AM - 5 PM

200

Horned Atlas

July - Aug (N);
Jan - Feb (S)

On coconut trees

5 PM - 8 AM

8000

Horned Dynastid

July - Aug (N);
Jan - Feb (S)

On trees

5 PM - 8 AM

1350

Horned Elephant

July - Aug (N);
Jan - Feb (S)

On coconut trees

5 PM - 8 AM

8000

Horned Hercules

July - Aug (N);
Jan - Feb (S)

On coconut trees

5 PM - 8 AM

12000

Jewel Beetle

Apr - Aug (N);
Oct - Feb (S)

On tree stumps

All day

2400

Ladybug

Mar - June,
Oct (N);
Sept - Dec,
Apr (S)

On flowers

8AM - 5PM

200

Long Locust

Apr - Nov (N);
Oct - May (S)

On the ground

8 AM - 7 PM

200

Madagascan Sunset Moth

Apr - Sept (N);
Oct - Mar (S)

Flying near flowers

8 AM - 4 PM

2500

Man-Faced Stink Bug

Mar - Oct (N);
Sept - Apr (S)

On flowers

7 PM - 8 AM

1000

Mantis

Mar - Nov (N);
Sept - Apr (S)

On flowers

8 AM - 5 PM

430

Migratory Locust

Aug - Nov (N);
Feb - May (S)

On the ground

8 AM - 7 PM

600

Miyama Stag

July - Aug (N);
Jan - Feb (S)

On trees

All day

1000

Mole Cricket

Nov - May (N);
May - Nov (S)

Underground

All day

500

Monarch Butterfly

Sept - Nov (N);
Mar - May (S)

Flying near flowers

4 AM - 5 PM

140

Mosquito

June - Sept (N);
Dec - Mar (S)

Flying

5 PM - 4 AM

130

Moth

All year

Lit windows

7 PM - 4 AM

130

Orchid Mantis

Mar - Nov (N);
Sept - May (S)

On white flowers

8 AM - 5 PM

2400

Paper Kite Butterfly

All year

Flying near flowers

8 AM - 7 PM

1000

Peacock Butterfly

Mar - June (N);
Sept - Dec (S)

Flying near flowers
(black, purple, blue only)

4 AM - 7 PM

2500

Pill Bug

Sept - June (N);
Mar - Dec (S)

Hit rocks

11 PM - 4 PM

250

Pondskater

May - Sept (N);
Nov - Mar (S)

River/pond (surface)

8 AM - 7 PM

130

Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing

May - Sept (N);
Nov - Mar (S)

Flying near flowers

8 AM - 4 PM

4000

Rainbow Stag

June - Sept (N);
Dec - Mar (S)

On trees

7 PM - 8 AM

6000

Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing

Dec - Feb,
Apr - Sept (N);
June - Aug,
Oct - Mar (S)

Flying near flowers

8 AM - 5 PM

2500

Red Dragonfly

Sept - Oct (N);
Mar - Apr (S)

Flying

8 AM - 7 PM

180

Rice GrasshopperAug - Nov (N);
Feb - May (S)
On the ground8 AM - 7 PM160
Robust CicadaJuly - Aug (N);
Jan - Feb (S)
On trees8 AM - 5 PM300

Rosalia Batesi Beetle

May - June (N);
Nov - Dec (S)

On tree stumps

All day

3000

Saw StagJuly - Aug (N);
Jan - Feb (S)
On treesAll day2000
Scarab Beetle

July - Aug (N);
Jan - Feb (S)

On trees

11 PM - 8 AM

10000

Scorpion

May - Oct (N);
Nov - Apr (S)

On the ground

7 PM - 4 AM

8000

Snail

All year

On rocks or shrubs (rain)

All day

250

Spider

All year

Shake tree

7 PM - 8 AM

600

Stinkbug

Mar - Oct (N);
Sept - Apr (S)

On flowers

All day

120

Tarantula

Nov - Apr (N);
May - Oct (S)

On the ground

7 PM - 4 AM

8000

Tiger Beetle

Feb - Oct (N);
Aug - Apr (S)

On the ground

All day

1500

Tiger Butterfly

Mar - Sept (N);
Sept - Mar (S)

Flying near flowers

4 AM - 7 PM

240

Violin Beetle

May - June,
Sept - Nov (N);
Mar - May,
Nov - Dec (S)

On tree stumps

All day

450

Walker Cicada

Aug - Sept (N);
Feb - Mar (S)

On trees

8 AM - 4 PM

400

Walking Leaf

July - Sept (N);
Jan - Mar (S)

On the ground
(disguised as a leaf)

All day

600

Walking Stick

July - Nov (N);
Jan - May

On trees

4 AM - 8 AM,
5 PM - 7 PM

600

Wasp

All year

Shake tree

All day

2500

Wharf Roach

All year

Beach (rocks)

All day

200

Yellow Butterfly

Mar - June,
Sept - Oct (N);
Mar - Apr,
Sept - Dec (S)

Flying near flowers

4 AM - 7 PM

160

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