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Animal Crossing: New Horizons bugs and where to catch them

Animal Crossing bugs
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You may not like all of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons bugs and creepy crawlies you can find on your islands, but knowing where and when they appear so you can catch them is essential for filling up your museum to "complete" that part of the game. However, this task isn't as straightforward as it may sound at first, because some bugs only appear during certain seasons and others are incredibly skittish so hide away in specific types of cover. Your reward for catching all of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons bugs is the coveted gold net recipe, along with building up a well-stocked museum display, so it's worth putting the time in to fill out your collection. 

The availability of each bug species depends on which part of the world you're in, as well as the season and time of day. With that in mind, we've been working across two islands to try and bring you the most complete Animal Crossing: New Horizons bug guide to date, divided up by hemisphere (north and south). 

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Animal Crossing New Horizons Northern Hemisphere bugs
Animal Crossing New Horizons Southern Hemisphere bugs

How to catch Animal Crossing: New Horizons bugs

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If you're wondering how exactly to catch bugs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, all you'll need is a net and good timing / aim. Just have your net out, and press A to swing it when you're near a bug. Almost all bugs will be visibly fluttering or scuttling around your island, although some like the bagworm and spider will only appear when you shake a tree, descending from the boughs on a string. 

It's worth nothing that some are skittish and may require you to approach carefully. You can do this by holding A down to ready your net and then creep towards the bug, only releasing A when you're in capture range. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Bugs - Northern Hemisphere

Animal Crossing: New Horizons divides the habits of its bugs depending on whether you're North or South of the Equator. We'll cover the North first, but you can always just skip down to find the South beneath it.

Animal Crossing New Horizons Northern Hemisphere bugs

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NameSeasonality (North Hem)AvailabilityLocation
1
Common Butterfly
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
4AM - 7PM Flowers
2
Yellow Butterfly
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sept, Oct
4AM - 7PM Flying
3
Tiger Butterfly
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
4AM - 7PMFlying
4
Peacock Butterfly
Mar, Apr, May, Jun
4AM - 7PM
Flowers (Blue, Black, Purple)
5
Common Bluebottle
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug
4AM - 7PMFlying
6
Paper Kite Butterfly
All months9AM - 7PMFlying
7
Great Purple Emperor
May, Jun, Jul, Aug
4AM - 7PMFlying
8Monarch ButterflySept, Oct, Nov4AM - 5PMFlying
9Emperor ButterflyJan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Dec5PM - 8AMFlying
10
Agrias Butterfly
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
8AM - 5PMFlying
11
Rajah Brooke's Birdwing
Jan, Feb, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Dec
8AM - 5PM
Flowers (Blue, Black, Purple)
12
Queen Alexandra's Birdwing
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
8AM - 4PMFlying
13
MothAll months7PM - 4AMAround light
14
Atlas Moth
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
7PM - 4AMOn trees
15
Madagascan Sunset Moth
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
8AM - 4PM Flying
16
Long Locust
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
8AM - 7PMIn grass
17
Migratory Locust
Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
8AM - 7PMIn grass
18Rice GrasshopperAug, Sept, Oct, Nov8AM - 7PMIn grass
19
GrasshopperJul, Aug, Sept8AM - 5PMIn grass
20
CricketSept, Oct, Nov5PM - 8AMIn grass
21
Bell CricketSept, Oct5PM - 8AMIn grass
22
Mantis
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
8AM - 5PMFlowers
23
Orchid Mantis
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
8AM - 5PMFlowers
24
Honeybee
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul
8AM - 5PMFlowers
25
WaspAll monthsAll hoursShaking trees
26
Brown CicadaJul, Aug8AM - 5PMOn trees
27
Robust CicadaJul, Aug8AM - 5PMOn trees
28
Giant CicadaJul, Aug8AM - 5PMOn trees
29
Walker CicadaAug, Sept8AM - 4PMOn trees
30
Evening CicadaJul, Aug4AM - 8AM, 4PM - 7PMOn trees
31Cicada ShellJul, AugAll hoursOn trees
32
Red DragonflySept, Oct8AM - 7PMFlying
33
Darner Dragonfly
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
8AM - 5PMFlying
34
Banded Dragonfly
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
8AM - 5PMFlying
35
Damselfly
Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec
All hoursFlying
36
FireflyJun7PM - 4AM
Above freshwater
37
Mole Cricket
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Nov, Dec
All hoursUnderground
38
Pondskater
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
8AM - 7PMIn rivers
39
Diving Beetle
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
8AM - 7PMIn rivers
40
Giant Water Beetle
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
7PM - 8AM
Ponds and rivers
41
Stinkbug
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
All hoursOn trees
42
Man-faced Stink Bug
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
7PM - 8AM Flowers
43
Ladybug
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Oct
8AM - 5PM Flowers
44
Tiger Beetle
Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
All hoursFlying
45
Jewel Beetle
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug
All hoursOn trees
46
Citrus Long-horned Beetle
All monthsAll hours Tree stumps
47
Rosalia Batesi Beetle
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
All hoursTree stumps
48
Blue Weevil Beetle
Jul, AugAll hoursOn trees
49
Violin Beetle
May, Jun, Sept, Oct, Nov
All hoursOn trees
50
Dung BeetleJan, Feb, DecAll hoursGround
51
Earth-boring Dung Beetle
Jul, Aug, SeptAll hoursGround
52
Scarab BeetleJul, Aug11PM - 8AMOn trees
53
Drone BeetleJun, Jul, AugAll hoursOn trees
54Goliath BeetleJun, Jul, Aug, Sept5PM - 8AMOn trees
55Saw StagJul, AugAll hoursOn trees
56Miyama StagJul, AugAll hoursOn trees
57
Giant StagJul, Aug11PM - 8AMOn trees
58
Rainbow Stag
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
7PM - 8AMOn trees
59
Cyclommatus Stag
Jul, Aug5PM - 8AMOn trees
60
Golden StagJul, Aug5PM - 8AMOn trees
61
Giraffe StagJul, Aug5PM - 8AMOn trees
62
Horned Dynastid
Jul, Aug5PM - 8AMOn trees
63
Horned AtlasJul, Aug5PM - 8AMOn trees
64
Horned Elephant
Jul, Aug5PM - 8AMOn trees
65
Horned Hercules
Jul, Aug5PM - 8AMOn trees
66
Walking Stick
Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
4AM - 8AM, 5PM - 7PMOn trees
67
Walking LeafJul, Aug, SeptAll hours
On ground by trees
68
BagwormAll monthsAll hoursShaking trees
69
AntAll monthsAll hours
On rotten turnips and fruit
70
Hermit CrabAll months7PM - 8AM On beach
71
Wharf RoachAll monthsAll hoursOn beach rocks
72
FlyAll monthsAll hours
On rotten food and garbage
73
Mosquito
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
5PM - 4AMFlying
74
Flea
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
All hours
On flea-infested villagers
75
SnailAll monthsAll hours On rocks
76
Pillbug
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
11PM - 4PMHitting rocks
77
Centipede
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
4PM - 11PM Hitting rocks
78
SpiderAll months7PM - 8AM Shaking trees
79
Tarantula
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
7PM - 4AM Ground
80
Scorpion
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
7PM - 4AMGround

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Bugs - Southern Hemisphere

Now we'll cover insect patterns in the Southern side of the world, which don't tend to overlap with the Northern patterns, barring a few outliers and exceptions. Work through the year and you should come away with a full collection for the Museum!

Animal Crossing New Horizons Southern Hemisphere bugs

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NameSeasonality (South Hem)AvailabilityLocation
1
Common Butterfly
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
4AM - 7PMFlowers
2
Yellow Butterfly
Mar, Apr, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
4AM - 7PMFlying
3
Tiger Butterfly
Jan, Feb, Mar, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
4AM - 7PMFlying
4
Peacock Butterfly
Mar, Apr, May, Jun
4AM - 7PM
Flowers (Blue, Black, Purple)
5
Common Bluebottle
Jan, Feb, Oct, Nov, Dec
4AM - 7PMFlying
6
Paper Kite Butterfly
All months
8AM - 7PM (April)
Flying
7
Great Purple Emperor
May, Jun, Jul, Aug
4AM - 7PMFlying
8
Monarch Butterfly
Mar, Apr, May4AM - 5PMFlying
9
Emperor Butterfly
Jan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Dec
5PM - 8AMFlying
10
Agrias Butterfly
Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
8AM - 5PMFlying
11
Rajah Brooke's Birdwing
Jan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct, Nov, Dec
8AM - 5PM
Flowers (Blue, Black, Purple)
12
Queen Alexandra's Birdwing
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
8AM - 4PMFlying
13
MothAll year round7PM - 4AMAround light
14
Atlas Moth
Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
7PM - 4AMOn trees
15
Madagascan Sunset Moth
Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
8AM - 4PMFlying
16
Long Locust
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov, Dec
8AM - 7PMIn grass
17
Migratory Locust
Feb, Mar, Apr, May
8AM - 7PMIn grass
18
Rice Grasshopper
Feb, Mar, Apr, May
8AM - 7PM In grass
19
GrasshopperJan, Feb, Mar8AM - 5PMIn grass
20
CricketMar, Apr, May5PM - 8AMIn grass
21
Bell CricketMar, Apr5PM - 8AMIn grass
22
Mantis
Jan, Mar, Apr, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
8AM - 5PM Flowers
23
Orchid Mantis
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
8AM - 5PMFlowers
24
Honeybee
Jan, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
8AM - 5PMFlowers
25
WaspAll monthsAll hoursShaking trees
26
Brown CicadaJan, Feb8AM - 5PMOn trees
27
Robust CicadaJan, Feb8AM - 5PMOn trees
28
Giant CicadaJan, Feb8AM - 5PMOn trees
29
Walker CicadaFeb, Mar8AM - 4PMOn trees
30
Evening CicadaJan, Feb4AM - 8AM, 4PM - 7PMOn trees
31
Cicada ShellJan, FebAll hoursOn trees
32
Red DragonflyMar, Apr8AM - 7PM Flying
33
Darner Dragonfly
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec
8AM - 5PMFlying
34
Banded Dragonfly
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
8AM - 5PM Flying
35
Damselfly
May, Jun, Jul, Aug
All hoursFlying
36
FireflyDec7PM - 4AM
Above freshwater
37
Mole Cricket
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
All hoursUnderground
38
Pondskater
Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
8AM - 7PMIn rivers
39
Diving Beetle
Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
8AM - 7PMIn rivers
40
Giant Water Beetle
Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
7PM - 8AM
Ponds and rivers
41
Stinkbug
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
All hoursOn trees
42
Man-faced Stink Bug
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
7PM - 8AM Flowers
43
Ladybug
Apr, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
8AM - 5PM Flowers
44
Tiger Beetle
Jan, Feb, Mar, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
All hoursFlying
45
Jewel Beetle
Jan, Feb, Oct, Nov, Dec
All hoursOn trees
46
Citrus Long-horned Beetle
All monthsAll hoursTree stumps
47
Rosalia Batesi Beetle
Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
All hoursTree stumps
48
Blue Weevil Beetle
Jan, FebAll hoursOn trees
49
Violin Beetle
Mar, Apr, May, Nov, Dec
All hoursOn trees
50
Dung BeetleJun, Jul, AugAll hoursGround
51
Earth-boring Dung Beetle
Jan, Feb, MarAll hoursGround
52
Scarab BeetleJan, Feb11PM - 8AMOn trees
53
Drone BeetleJan, Feb, DecAll hoursOn trees
54
Goliath Beetle
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
5PM - 8AMOn trees
55
Saw StagJan, FebAll hoursOn trees
56
Miyama StagJan, FebAll hoursOn trees
57
Giant StagJan, Feb11PM - 8AMOn trees
58
Rainbow Stag
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
7PM - 8AMOn trees
59
Cyclommatus Stag
Jan, Feb5PM - 8AMOn trees
60
Golden StagJan, Feb5PM - 8AMOn trees
61
Giraffe StagJan, Feb5PM - 8AMOn trees
62
Horned Dynastid
Jan, Feb5PM - 8AMOn trees
63
Horned AtlasJan, Feb5PM - 8AMOn trees
64
Horned Elephant
Jan, Feb5PM - 8AMOn trees
65
Horned Hercules
Jan, Feb5PM - 8AMOn trees
66
Walking Stick
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May
4AM - 8AM, 5PM - 7PMOn trees
67
Walking LeafJan, Feb, MarAll hours
On ground by trees
68
BagwormAll monthsAll hours Shaking trees
69
AntAll monthsAll hours
On rotten turnips and fruit
70
Hermit CrabAll months7PM - 8AMOn beach
71
Wharf RoachAll monthsAll hoursOn beach rocks
72
FlyAll monthsAll hours
On rotten food and garbage
73
Mosquito
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
5PM - 4AMFlying
74
Flea
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov, Dec
All hours
On flea-infested villagers
75
SnailAll monthsAll hours On rocks
76
Pillbug
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
11AM - 4PM Hitting rocks
77
Centipede
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Nov, Dec
5PM - 11PMHitting rocks
78
SpiderAll months7PM - 8AM Shaking trees
79
Tarantula
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
7PM - 4AMGround
80
Scorpion
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
7PM - 4AMGround

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