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Catch These Fish And Bugs In Animal Crossing: New Horizons Before June

May is your last chance to catch these fish and bugs in New Horizons before they temporarily go out of season!


May brought with it a ton of different fish and bugs that weren't in Animal Crossing: New Horizons before, but once the month comes to an end, we're going to have to say goodbye to several other bugs and fish. If you need to know what will be gone when June rolls around, we have the full list, regardless of whether you live on a Northern or Southern Hemisphere island.

Fish And Bugs Leaving After May

Fish are first spotted in bodies of water as shadows, which come in a variety of sizes. We have a fish shadow size guide you'll want to use to get a better idea of what the shadow sizes (which we label 1-6) look like in-game. All fish listed below have their corresponding shadow size next to them for easier identification.

Northern Hemisphere

Golden TroutRiver (Clifftop) / 34 PM - 9 AM15,000
OarfishSea / 6All day9,000
LoachRiver / 2All day400

The golden trout is among the most valuable fish in the game--it's also new to the Animal Crossing series! It only spawns in clifftop rivers, just like the rare stringfish, so if you're going to focus your efforts on fishing this month, you might want to grab your ladder and be on the lookout for this one. One of the best ways to catch rare fish is on a deserted island that has the right layout, since fish spawn more rapidly on Mystery Tours than on your own island--better spawn rates means less time crafting fish bait, though that is certainly recommended as well.

Also saying goodbye after this month is the oarfish, which won't return until December. This massive fish can be caught at any time of the day in the ocean, and it's the biggest shadow size, so spotting them is easy.

Mole CricketUndergroundAll day500

Among the handful of rare creatures in New Horizons, the mole cricket is one of the weirdest to catch. It isn't the most uncommon bug, but it is one of the easiest to miss if you don't know where to look. Check out our guide on how to catch a mole cricket for more details.

Southern Hemisphere

Golden TroutRiver (Clifftop) / 34 PM - 9 AM15,000
Barred KnifejawSea / 3All day5,000
CharRiver (Clifftop) / 34 PM - 9 AM3,800
RaySea / 54 AM - 9 PM3,000
Mitten CrabRiver / 24 PM - 9 AM2,000
GuppyRiver / 19 AM - 4 PM1,300
Sea HorseSea / 1All day1,100
Cherry SalmonRiver (Clifftop) / 34 PM - 9 AM1,000
Neon TetraRiver / 19 AM - 4 PM500
Zebra TurkeyfishSea / 3All day500

The golden trout is a newcomer to the Animal Crossing series and one of the most valuable fish in New Horizons. It's also, as it turns out, one of the few critters that isn't around year-round, but has identical spawn months between Northern and Southern Hemisphere islands. As mentioned under the Northern Hemisphere table, you're going to want to focus on clifftop rivers to catch this one. We recommend finding a suitable deserted island to take advantage of the more rapid fish spawn rates.

Orchid MantisOn white flowers8 AM - 5 PM2,400
Migratory LocustGround8 AM - 7 PM600
Walking StickOn trees

4 AM - 8 AM
5 PM - 7 PM

Violin BeetleOn tree stumpsAll day450
MantisOn flowers8 AM - 5 PM430
Long LocustGround8 AM - 7 PM200
Rice GrasshopperGround8 AM - 7 PM160
Monarch ButterflyFlying4 AM - 5 PM140
CricketGround5 PM - 8 AM130
FleaItchy villagersAll day70

If you have a Southern Hemisphere island, May is your last month to catch a flea. The flea is one of the most elusive bugs in New Horizons--check out our guide on catching fleas to learn where to look.

Also, if you're having trouble catching mantises, try approaching them slowly with your net out. Otherwise, they'll hop into a defensive position before scurrying away. Your best bet is to slow down around flowers, walk instead of run, and keep an eye out. The regular mantis is bright green and the orchid mantis is a very, very light pink and white.

We have tons more Animal Crossing: New Horizons guides, so hit them up below for tips on how to make bells fast, how to add friends, and more.

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