Bug Guide Animal Crossing New Horizons

Having navigated through the vastness of the internet to this precise page, we're going to guess that you're after information about bugs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Below you will find a complete Animal Crossing: New Horizons insect list and gallery featuring every bug, insect and collectable critter in the game, plus some basic bug-catching tips.

There are a total of 80 bugs to catch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The creepy crawlies in this guide are listed in the order they appear in Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Critterpedia, and each entry includes a picture, the time of day/year it is available (in each hemisphere), the spawn location and the selling price you'll get if you take your catch to Nook's Cranny.

Elsewhere you can find out every creature (including fish) leaving at the end of the month. If you're catching fish, too, you may want to check out our Animal Crossing: New Horizons fish guide with all the same information as below, except for fish and marine life instead of bugs, insects, arachnids and assorted creepy crawlies.

Don't forget to check out our exhaustive Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide for more tips and tricks!

Remember: Certain bugs (and fish) will be leaving Animal Crossing: New Horizons at the end of July, so you'll want to catch those before August 1.

How to catch bugs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Equipment you need

To catch bugs you'll need a net. You will need the following ingredients to craft a Flimsy Net:

  • x5 tree branch

However, serious bug catchers will want to upgrade that to a proper Net. To do so, you'll need:

Once you've got the gear, it's time to head out and catch some bugs.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Bug Catching Tips

Hold down 'A' to go slow

The vast majority of bugs will scarper if you get too close or run near them, so if you see a bug it is best to ready your net and approach slowly. Holding down the 'A' button will put you into a slow creep and your net will swing when you release the button. Creep up, aim, release. Yes!

Catching Bugs Animal Crossing New Horizons

Alternatively, hold 'B' to go fast

However, some bugs - wasps, tarantulas and scorpions, for example - won't run away. In fact, they'll give chase and bite/sting you given the opportunity. There'll be no lasting damage beyond a swollen face or a restart at your house, but you'll have missed the opportunity to catch the critter.

Our advice when it comes to these bugs is to be bold. You can run by holding 'B' and putting some distance between you and your prey before turning around and striking with your net. You'll need a good command of the controls, but after a few hours of practice with the net you'll have a much better sense of the timing and the correct swing distance required to bag a bug. You'll still get bitten every so often, but soon you'll be running towards tarantulas when you see them and swiping immediately, as opposed to starting a Benny Hill-style chase around your island.

Where can you find bugs and insects in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Bugs can be found all around the island: sitting on or hiding in trees, hiding under rocks, buzzing around certain items or flowers, skating over the surface of water or simply flying around in the air. We've listed the exact locations you'll be able to find the critters below, along with the specific time of day (and time of year for your hemisphere).

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Complete Bug List - Every insect in the Critterpedia

1. Common Butterfly

  • Time: 4am - 7pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Sep-Jun (N) / Mar-Dec (S)
  • Location: Air
  • Sell price: 160 Bells

2. Yellow Butterfly

  • Time: 4am - 7pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Sep-Jun (N) / Mar-Apr, Sep-Dec (S)
  • Location: Air
  • Sell price: 160 Bells

3. Tiger Butterfly

  • Time: 4am - 7pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Mar-Sep (N) / Sep-Mar (S)
  • Location: Air
  • Sell price: 240 Bells

4. Peacock Butterfly

  • Time: 4am - 7pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Mar-Jun (N) / Sep-Dec (S)
  • Location: Air (around hybrid flowers)
  • Sell price: 2,500 Bells

5. Common Bluebottle

  • Time: 4am - 7pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Apr-Aug (N) / Oct-Feb (S)
  • Location: Air
  • Sell price: 300 Bells

6. Paper Kite Butterfly

  • Time: 8am - 7pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: Air
  • Sell price: 1,000 Bells

7. Great Purple Emperor

  • Time: 4am - 7pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): May-Aug (N) / Dec-Mar (S)
  • Location: Air
  • Sell price: 3,000 Bells

8. Monarch Butterfly

  • Time: 4am - 5pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Sep-Nov (N) / Mar-May (S)
  • Location: Air
  • Sell price: 140 Bells

9. Emperor Butterfly

  • Time: 5pm - 8am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jun-Sep, Dec-Mar (both)
  • Location: Air
  • Sell price: 4,000 Bells

10. Agrias Butterfly

  • Time: 8am - 5pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Apr-Sep (N) / Oct-Mar (S)
  • Location: Air
  • Sell price: 3,000 Bells

11. Rajah Brooke's Birdwing

  • Time: 8am - 5pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Apr-Sep, Dec-Feb (N) / Jan-Mar, Jun-Aug, Oct-Dec (S)
  • Location: Air
  • Sell price: 2,500 Bells

12. Queen Alexandra's Birdwing

  • Time: 8am - 4pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): May-Sep (N) / Nov-Mar (S)
  • Location: Air
  • Sell price: 4,000 Bells

13. Moth

  • Time: 7pm - 4am
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: Air (around light sources)
  • Sell price: 130 Bells

14. Atlas Moth

  • Time: 7pm - 4am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Apr-Sep (N) / Oct-Mar (S)
  • Location: On trees
  • Sell price: 3,000 Bells

15. Madagascan Sunset Moth

  • Time: 8am - 4pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Apr-Sep (N) / Oct-Mar (S)
  • Location: Air
  • Sell price: 2,500 Bells

16. Long Locust

  • Time: 8am - 7pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Apr-Nov (N) / Nov-May (S)
  • Location: Ground
  • Sell price: 200 Bells

17. Migratory Locust

  • Time: 8am - 7pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Aug-Nov (N) / Feb-May (S)
  • Location: Ground
  • Sell price: 600 Bells

18. Rice Grasshopper

  • Time: 8am - 7pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Aug-Nov (N) / Feb-May (S)
  • Location: Ground
  • Sell price: 160 Bells

19. Grasshopper

  • Time: 8am - 5pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Sep (N) / Jan-Mar (S)
  • Location: Ground
  • Sell price: 160 Bells

20. Cricket

  • Time: 5pm - 8am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Sep-Nov (N) / Mar-May (S)
  • Location: Ground
  • Sell price: 130 Bells

21. Bell Cricket

  • Time: 5pm - 8am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Sep-Oct (N) / Mar-Apr (S)
  • Location: Ground
  • Sell price: 430 Bells

22. Mantis

  • Time: 8am - 5pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Mar-Nov (N) / Sep-May (S)
  • Location: On flowers
  • Sell price: 430 Bells

23. Orchid Mantis

  • Time: 8am - 5pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Mar-Nov (N) / Sep-May (S)
  • Location: On flowers (white)
  • Sell price: 2,400 Bells

24. Honeybee

  • Time: 8am - 5pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Mar-Jul (N) / Sep-Jan (S)
  • Location: Air (around flowers)
  • Sell price: 200 Bells

25. Wasp

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: Trees (shake them)
  • Sell price: 2,500 Bells

26. Brown Cicada

  • Time: 8am - 5pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)
  • Location: On trees
  • Sell price: 250 Bells

27. Robust Cicada

  • Time: 8am - 5pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)
  • Location: On trees
  • Sell price: 300 Bells

28. Giant Cicada

  • Time: 8am - 5pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)
  • Location: On trees
  • Sell price: 500 Bells

29. Walker Cicada

  • Time: 8am - 5pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Aug-Sep (N) / Feb-Mar (S)
  • Location: On trees
  • Sell price: 400 Bells

30. Evening Cicada

  • Time: 4am - 8am, 4pm - 7pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)
  • Location: On trees
  • Sell price: 550 Bells

31. Cicada Shell

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)
  • Location: On trees
  • Sell price: 10 Bells

32. Red Dragonfly

  • Time: 8am - 7pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Sep-Oct (N) / Mar-Apr (S)
  • Location: Air
  • Sell price: 180 Bells

33. Darner Dragonfly

  • Time: 8am - 5pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Apr-Oct (N) / Oct-Apr (S)
  • Location: Air
  • Sell price: 230 Bells

34. Banded Dragonfly

  • Time: 8am - 5pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): May-Oct (N) / Nov-Apr (S)
  • Location: Air
  • Sell price: 4,500 Bells

35. Damselfly

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Nov-Feb (N) / May-Aug (S)
  • Location: Air
  • Sell price: 500 Bells

36. Firefly

  • Time: 7pm - 4am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jun (N) / Dec (S)
  • Location: Air
  • Sell price: 300 Bells

37. Mole Cricket

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Nov-May (N) / May-Nov (S)
  • Location: Underground (move to where it is loudest and dig)
  • Sell price: 500 Bells

38. Pondskater

  • Time: 8am - 7pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): May-Sep (N) / Nov-Mar (S)
  • Location: On ponds
  • Sell price: 130 Bells

39. Diving Beetle

  • Time: 8am - 7pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): May-Sep (N) / Nov-Mar (S)
  • Location: On ponds and rivers
  • Sell price: 800 Bells

40. Giant Water Bug

  • Time: 8am - 7pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Apr-Sep (N) / Oct-Mar (S)
  • Location: On ponds and rivers
  • Sell price: 2,000 Bells

41. Stinkbug

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Mar-Oct (N) / Jan-Apr, Sep-Dec (S)
  • Location: Flowers
  • Sell price: 120 Bells

42. Man-faced Stink Bug

  • Time: 7pm - 8am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Mar-Oct (N) / Jan-Apr, Sep-Dec (S)
  • Location: Flowers
  • Sell price: 1,000 Bells

43. Ladybug

  • Time: 8am - 5pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Mar-Jun, Oct (N) / Sep-Dec, Apr (S)
  • Location: Flowers
  • Sell price: 200 Bells

44. Tiger Beetle

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Feb-Nov (N) / Jan-Apr, Aug-Dec (S)
  • Location: Ground
  • Sell price: 1,500 Bells

45. Jewel Beetle

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Apr-Aug (N) / Oct-Feb (S)
  • Location: Tree stumps
  • Sell price: 2,400 Bells

46. Violin Beetle

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): May-Jun, Sep-Nov (N) / Nov-Dec, Mar-May (S)
  • Location: Tree stumps
  • Sell price: 450 Bells

47. Citrus Long-horned Beetle

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: Tree stumps
  • Sell price: 350 Bells

48. Rosalia Batesi Beetle

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): May-Sep (N) / Nov-Mar (S)
  • Location: Tree stumps
  • Sell price: 3,000 Bells

49. Blue Weevil Beetle

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)
  • Location: On palm trees
  • Sell price: 800 Bells

50. Dung Beetle

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Dec-Feb (N) / Jun-Aug (S)
  • Location: Ground (rolling snowballs)
  • Sell price: 3,000 Bells

51. Earth-boring Dung Beetle

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Sep (N) / Jan-Mar (S)
  • Location: Ground
  • Sell price: 300 Bells

52. Scarab Beetle

  • Time: 11pm - 8am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)
  • Location: On trees
  • Sell price: 10,000 Bells

53. Drone Beetle

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jun-Aug (N) / Dec-Feb (S)
  • Location: On trees
  • Sell price: 200 Bells

54. Goliath Beetle

  • Time: 5pm - 8am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jun-Sep (N) / Dec-Mar (S)
  • Location: On palm trees
  • Sell price: 8,000 Bells

55. Saw Stag

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)
  • Location: On trees
  • Sell price: 2,000 Bells

56. Miyama Stag

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)
  • Location: On trees
  • Sell price: 1,000 Bells

57. Giant Stag

  • Time: 11pm - 8am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)
  • Location: On trees
  • Sell price: 10,000 Bells

58. Rainbow Stag

  • Time: 7pm - 8am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jun-Sep (N) / Dec-Mar (S)
  • Location: On trees
  • Sell price: 6,000 Bells

59. Cyclommatus Stag

  • Time: 5pm - 8am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)
  • Location: On palm trees
  • Sell price: 8,000 Bells

60. Golden Stag

  • Time: 5pm - 8am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)
  • Location: On palm trees
  • Sell price: 12,000 Bells

61. Giraffe Stag

  • Time: 5pm - 8am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)
  • Location: On palm trees
  • Sell price: 12,000 Bells

62. Horned Dynastid

  • Time: 5pm - 8am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)
  • Location: On trees
  • Sell price: 1,350 Bells

63. Horned Atlas

  • Time: 5pm - 8am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)
  • Location: On palm trees
  • Sell price: 8,000 Bells

64. Horned Elephant

  • Time: 5pm - 8am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)
  • Location: On palm trees
  • Sell price: 8,000 Bells

65. Horned Herucles

  • Time: 5pm - 8am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Feb (S)
  • Location: On palm trees
  • Sell price: 12,000 Bells

66. Walking Stick

  • Time: 4am - 8am, 5pm - 7pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Nov (N) / Jan-May (S)
  • Location: On trees
  • Sell price: 600 Bells

67. Walking Leaf

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Aug (N) / Jan-Mar (S)
  • Location: Around trees (camouflaged as a furniture leaf)
  • Sell price: 600 Bells

68. Bagworm

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: Trees (shake them)
  • Sell price: 600 Bells

69. Ant

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: Ground (attracted by spoiled turnips)
  • Sell price: 80 Bells

70. Hermit Crab

  • Time: 7pm - 8am
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: Beach
  • Sell price: 1,000 Bells

71. Wharf Roach

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: Rocky headland on the beach
  • Sell price: 200 Bells

72. Fly

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: On rubbish items
  • Sell price: 60 Bells

73. Mosquito

  • Time: 5pm - 4am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jun-Sep (N) / Dec-Mar (S)
  • Location: Air
  • Sell price: 130 Bells

74. Flea

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Apr-Nov (N) / Oct-May (S)
  • Location: On island residents
  • Sell price: 70 Bells

75. Snail

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: On rocks or shrubs (when it rains)
  • Sell price: 250 Bells

76. Pill Bug

  • Time: 11pm - 4pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Sep-Jun (N) / Mar-Dec (S)
  • Location: Rocks (hit them)
  • Sell price: 250 Bells

77. Centipede

  • Time: 4pm - 11pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Sep-Jun (N) / Mar-Dec (S)
  • Location: Rocks (hit them)
  • Sell price: 300 Bells

78. Spider

  • Time: 7pm - 8am
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: Trees (shake them)
  • Sell price: 480 Bells

79. Tarantula

  • Time: 7pm - 4am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Nov-Apr (N) / May-Oct (S)
  • Location: Ground
  • Sell price: 8,000 Bells

80. Scorpion

  • Time: 7pm - 4am
  • Month (Hemisphere): May-Oct (N) / Nov-Apr (S)
  • Location: Ground
  • Sell price: 8,000 Bells

Good luck with your bug catching and general entomological entertainment! Feel free to post any missing information (preferably with a screenshot) in the comments below and help us fill out this big ol' bug list.

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