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Animal Crossing: New Horizons bugs guide: How and when to catch all the bugs

Animal Crossing: New Horizons bugs
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Catching all the Animal Crossing: New Horizons bugs is a huge process, and sometimes requires some running. But hey, it's worth it. In order to fill out the museum exhibits and your Critterpedia, you're going to want to find and catch all the Animal Crossing: New Horizons bugs. Because the game syncs to your real life time, date, and season, it'll take you an entire year to see everything New Horizons has to offer. The availability of each of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons bugs species also depends on which part of the world you're in. 

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

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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 visible 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. 

Bugs - Northern Hemisphere

Animal Crossing New Horizons Northern Hemisphere bugs

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

Bugs - Southern Hemisphere

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

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