Animal Crossing: New Horizons Bugs Guide

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Bugs Guide

Deserted islands are usually rife with insects, and your new island adventure in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is no exception. Bugs can be found and caught all over the island at any point during the year. Bugs can be sold for money, given as gifts, donated to the museum, or displayed as furniture. What you do with them is up to you.

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.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has a total of 80 insects, which is eight more than in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Below, we go over everything that can affect how and when bugs spawn. You’ll also find a table listing all the bugs we’ve caught so far in both the northern and southern hemispheres, their spawn locations and dates/times, and the number of Bells you get for selling them. We’ve also rounded up the same information in our fishing guide; for other tips, see our guide to how to make money in Animal Crossing.

Equipment

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.

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 grasshoppers and earth-boring dung beetles will be out in bigger numbers. 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.

All The Bugs We’ve Caught So Far

The list below contains the time of year and day, locations, and price for every bug we have found so far in both:

Northern Hemisphere

Bug Seasonality Location Time Sell Price

Agris Butterfly

Apr – Sept

Flying

8 AM – 5 PM

3,000

Atlas Moth

Apr – Sept

Tree

7 PM – 4 AM

3,000

Ant

All year

On rotten fruit and turnips

All day

80

Bagworm

All year

Shake tree

All day

600

Centipede

Sept – June

Hit rocks

5 PM – 11 PM

430

Citrus Long-Horned Beetle

All year

Tree stump

All day

350

Common Butterfly

Sept – June

Flying

4 AM – 7 PM

160

Cricket

Sept – Nov

Ground

5 PM – 8 AM

130

Damselfly

Nov – Feb

Flying

All day

500

Darner Dragonfly

Apr – Oct

Flying

8 AM – 5 PM

230

Diving Beetle

May – Sept

River

8 AM – 7 PM

800

Dung Beetle

Dec – Feb

Snowballs

All day

2,500

Earth-Boring Dung Beetle

July – Sept

Ground

All day

300

Emperor Butterfly

Dec – Mar, June – Sept

Flying

5 PM – 8 AM

4,000

Flea

Apr – Nov

On a flea-infested villager

All day

70

Fly

All year

On rotten fruit or garbage

All day

60

Grasshopper

July – Sept

Ground

8 AM – 5 PM

160

Hermit Crab

All year

Beach

7 PM – 8 AM

1,000

Honeybee

Mar – July

Near flowers

8 AM – 5 PM

200

Ladybug

Mar – June, Oct

Flowers

8AM – 5PM

200

Long Locust

Apr – Nov

Ground

8 AM – 7 PM

200

Madagascan Sunset Moth

Apr – Sept

Flying

8 AM – 4 PM

2,500

Man-Faced Stink Bug

Mar – Oct

Flowers

7 PM – 8 AM

1,000

Mantis

Mar – Nov

Flowers

8 AM – 5 PM

430

Migratory Locust

Feb – May

Ground

8 AM – 7 PM

200

Mole Cricket

Nov – May

Underground

All day

500

Monarch Butterfly

Sept – Nov

Flying

4 AM – 5 PM

140

Mosquito

June – Sept

Flying

5 PM – 4 AM

130

Moth

All year

Lit windows

7 PM – 4 AM

130

Orchid Mantis

Mar – Nov

Flowers

8 AM – 5 PM

2,400

Paper Kite Butterfly

All year

Flying

8 AM – 7 PM

1,000

Peacock Butterfly

Mar – June

Near black, blue, or purple flowers

4 AM – 7 PM

2,500

Pill Bug

Sept – June

Hit rocks

11 PM – 4 PM

250

Pondskater

May – Sept

River

8 AM – 7 PM

130

Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing

May – Sept

Flying

8 AM – 4 PM

4,000

Rainbow Stag

June – Sept

Tree

7 PM – 8 AM

6,000

Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing

Dec – Feb, Apr – Sept

Near black, blue, or purple flowers

8 AM – 5 PM

2,500

Red Dragonfly

Sept – Oct

Flying

8 AM – 7 PM

180

Rosalia Batsei Beetle

May – June

Tree stump

All day

3,000

Scorpion

May – Oct

Ground

7 PM – 4 AM

8,000

Snail

All year

Rock (rain)

All day

250

Spider

All year

Shake tree

7 PM – 8 AM

600

Stinkbug

Mar – Oct

Flowers

All day

120

Tarantula

Nov – Apr

Ground

7 PM – 4 AM

8,000

Tiger Beetle

Feb – Oct

Ground

All day

1,500

Tiger Butterfly

Mar – Sept

Flying

4 AM – 7 PM

240

Violin Beetle

May – June, Sept – Nov

Tree stump

All day

450

Walker Cicada

Aug – Sept

Tree

8 AM – 4 PM

400

Walking Leaf

July – Sept

Ground

All day

600

Walking Stick

July – Nov

Tree

4 AM – 8 PM, 4 PM – 8 AM

600

Wasp

All year

Shake tree

All day

2,500

Wharf Roach

All year

Beach (rocks)

All day

200

Yellow Butterfly

Mar – June, Sept – Oct

Flying

4 AM – 7 PM

160

Southern Hemisphere

Bug Seasonality Location Time Sell Price

Agris Butterfly

Oct – Mar

Flying

8 AM – 5 PM

3,000

Atlas Moth

Oct – Mar

Tree

7 PM – 4 AM

3,000

Ant

All year

Rotten fruit or turnips

All day

80

Bagworm

All year

Shake tree

All day

600

Centipede

Mar – Dec

Hit rocks

All day

430

Citrus Long-Horned Beetle

All year

Tree stump

All day

350

Common Butterfly

Mar – Dec

Flying

4 AM – 7PM

160

Cricket

Mar – May

Ground

5 PM – 8 AM

130

Damselfly

May – Aug

Flying

All day

500

Darner Dragonfly

Oct – Apr

Flying

8 AM – 5 PM

230

Diving Beetle

Nov – Mar

River

8 AM – 7 PM

800

Dung Beetle

June – Aug

Snowballs

All day

2,500

Earth-Boring Dung Beetle

Jan – Mar

Ground

All day

300

Emperor Butterfly

Dec – Mar, June – Sept

Flying

5 PM – 8 AM

4,000

Flea

Oct – May

On a flea-infested Villager

All day

70

Fly

All year

On rotten fruit or garbage

All day

60

Grasshopper

Jan – Mar

Ground

8 AM – 5 PM

160

Hermit Crab

All year

Beach

7 PM – 8 AM

1,000

Honeybee

Sept – Jan

Near flowers

8 AM – 5 PM

200

Ladybug

Apr, Sept – Dec

Flowers

8 AM – 5 PM

200

Long Locust

Oct – May

Ground

8 AM – 7 PM

200

Madagascan Sunset Moth

Oct – Mar

Flying

8 AM – 4 PM

2,500

Man-Faced Stink Bug

Sept – Apr

Flowers

7 PM – 8 AM

1,000

Mantis

Sept – Apr

Flowers

8 AM – 5 PM

430

Migratory Locust

Feb – May

Ground

8 AM – 7 PM

200

Mole Cricket

May – Nov

Underground

All day

500

Monarch Butterfly

Mar – May

Flying

4 AM – 5 PM

140

Mosquito

Dec – Mar

Flying

5 PM – 4 AM

130

Moth

All year

Lit windows

7 PM – 4 AM

130

Orchid Mantis

Sept – May

Flowers

8 AM – 5 PM

2,400

Paper Kite Butterfly

All year

Flying

8 AM – 7 PM

1,000

Peacock Butterfly

Sept – Dec

Near black, blue, or purple flowers

4 AM – 7 PM

2,500

Pill Bug

Mar – Dec

Hit rocks

11 PM – 4 PM

250

Pondskater

Nov – Mar

River

8 AM – 7 PM

130

Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing

Nov – Mar

Flying

8 AM – 4 PM

4,000

Rainbow Stag

Dec – Mar

Tree

7 PM – 8 AM

6,000

Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing

June – Aug, Oct – Mar

Near black, blue, or purple flowers

8 AM – 5 PM

2,500

Red Dragonfly

Mar – Apr

Flying

8 AM – 7 PM

180

Rosalia Batsei Beetle

Nov – Dec

Tree stump

All day

3,000

Scorpion

Nov – Apr

Ground

7 PM – 4 AM

8,000

Snail

All year

Rock (rain)

All day

250

Spider

All year

Shake tree

7 PM – 8 AM

600

Stinkbug

Sept – Apr

Flowers

All day

120

Tarantula

May – Oct

Ground

7 PM – 4 AM

8,000

Tiger Beetle

Aug – Apr

Ground

All day

1,500

Tiger Butterfly

Sept – Mar

Flying

4 AM – 7 PM

240

Violin Beetle

Mar – May, Nov – Dec

Tree stump

All day

450

Walker Cicada

Feb – Mar

Tree

8 AM – 4 PM

400

Walking Leaf

Jan – Mar

Ground

All day

600

Walking Stick

Jan – May

Tree

4 AM – 8 PM, 4 PM – 8 AM

600

Wasp

All year

Shake Tree

All day

2,500

Wharf Roach

All year

Beach (rocks)

All day

200

Yellow Butterfly

Mar – Apr, Sept – Dec

Flying

4 AM – 7 PM

160

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