Animal Crossing Bugs list: New April bugs and how to catch rare bugs in New Horizons explained

Which bugs are leaving New Horizons this month and our in-progress list of other bugs available all year round.

Bug catching is a crucial activity in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Not only does it help you complete the Museum, but it's also a great way to earn some bells if you manage to catch some rare bugs.

You can also unlock the DIY recipe for the Golden Net by catching every bug in New Horizons.

Like fish and other aspects of the game, many of the bugs that appear on your island are seasonal, which means that different bugs will appear on your island depending on what month it is.

For this reason, it's always a good idea to keep an eye on which bugs are currently visiting your island, so you don't miss anything. (Please note that this page focuses on the Northern Hemisphere.)

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How to increase your chances of catching bugs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Like with fishing, the basics of catching bugs in New Horizons is pretty simple. First you need to craft a net, ideally a Net, equip it and then head out exploring on your island. It won't be long before you find a bug and, once you have, you're left with two choices.

The first is to simply walk up to the bug and swing your net in an attempt to catch it. This is a good approach for bugs that move quite quickly, like butterflies, or ones that are less likely to run away, like bagworms. Yet, it does run the risk of altering the bug to your presence and making it fly away.

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If you want to ensure that your prey doesn't flee, you need to take the second, far sneakier, approach to bug hunting.

When you spot the bug you wish to catch hold down the A button. This will allow you to slowly creep you to the bug and capture it, before it manages to escape.

Sneaking up on bugs might take a bit of practice, because certain bugs, like tarantulas, have the ability to spot you and prevent you from catching them.

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Once you've mastered the basics of bug catching, it's time to grab your net and start filling in the entries in your Critterpedia. Below you'll find some more tips to help you catch them all:

  • If you're out bug hunting then it's a good idea to walk, not run. It's easier for bugs to notice you if you're running, which will allow them to escape.
  • A lot of bugs, especially butterflies, are attracted to flowers. For this reason, it's a good idea to set up a couple of flower gardens across your island. This way you can quickly visit and see if there are any rare bugs for you to catch.
  • Like with fish, certain bugs are weather dependent. Snails, for example, will only appear when it's raining.
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  • Unlike fish, bugs can appear anywhere across your island. This means your Vaulting Pole and Ladder are essential tools on any good bug hunt. You don't want to lose out on catching a rare butterfly, because it flies up a cliff or across a river.
  • Keep your eyes peeled and your ears sharp - you never know what activity might reveal a new bug. You might be harvesting Iron Nuggets from a rock or simply walking around, when you see or hear the sign of a new bug.
  • Certain bugs require special items or actions to be completed to allow you to either catch them or have them appear. Wasps, for example, will only appear if a wasp nest falls from a tree when you're shaking or chopping, while flies can only appear if you leave a piece of trash on the ground.

How to catch rare bugs and the highest bug prices in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

Catching rare bugs in New Horizons is a great way to earn some bells, especially if you're close to paying off one of your many mortgages.

Yet, as the word rare implies, these bugs can be very hard to catch; you need to be light of foot and swift of hand to catch many of these. You'll also want lady luck to be on your side, because, due to their rarity, these bugs have a low appearance rate.

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You can, however, create your own luck by scaring away the bugs you don't want to catch. Every island can only hold a certain number of bugs at one time; catching or scaring away bugs will cause new ones to spawn, some of which might be the bugs you're looking for.

It should be noted that there are more lucrative money making methods in New Horizons, like the Stalk Market. Still, it's always a good idea to catch a rare bug when you see it - those extra bells won't hurt.

Below you'll find our recommendations for which bugs you should focus on catching in New Horizons:

Orchid Mantis (bug price - 2,400 bells) - Orchid Mantis will appear on flowers between the months of March to November from 8am to 5pm. Thanks to their pink colouring, they should stand out easily from the flowers. Still, always make sure you sneak up on them or else they'll make a quick escape.

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Peacock Butterfly (bug price - 2,500 bells) - Peacock Butterflies will visit your island from March to the end of June and will appear between the hours of 4am to 7pm. If you're having trouble finding these butterflies, ask a friend to send you some seeds from their island, because, the rarer the flower, the more likely these butterflies will appear.

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Wasp (bug price - 2,500 bells) - no matter the month, no matter the time, there's always a chance that you'll find a wasps nest in New Horizons. All you have to do is keep shaking those trees and eventually one will fall, bringing the wrath of the wasp down upon you. Catching a wasp is the hard part - it relies on quick reactions and not accidentally running into any trees.

If you need more help regarding wasps, check out our dedicated wasp guide.

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Tarantula (bug price - 8,000 bells) - Tarantulas can appear anywhere on your island from the beginning of November till the end of April between 7pm to 4am. If you've already heard of the fabled Tarantula Island, then you already know that catching these spiders is one of the best ways to make a lot of money very quickly. Just make sure you pay close attention to the tarantula you're trying to catch.

If you're having trouble catching tarantulas, check out our dedicated tarantula guide.

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New Animal Crossing bugs to catch this month: All new bugs arriving in April

Every month at least one new bug will appear on your island in New Horizons. Catching these bugs will help you complete both the Critterpedia and the bug exhibit in the Museum, so it's good idea to always know which bugs are arriving every month.

It should be noted that the following only applies to the northern hemisphere.

All the bugs arriving in New Horizons in April:

Animal Crossing BugsMonths available Times available Location
Common Bluebottle
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April to August 8am to 4pm Flying around
Agrias Butterfly
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April to September 8am to 5pm Flying around
Rajah Brooke's Birdwing
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April to September
December to February
8am to 5pm Flying around
Atlas Moth
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April to September 7pm to 4am On trees
Madagascan-Sunset Moth
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April to September 8am to 4pm Flying around flowers
Long Locust
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April to November 8am to 7pm On the ground
Darner Dragonfly
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April to October 8am to 5pm Flying around
Giant Water Bug
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April to September 7pm to 8am On a pond
Jewel Bettle
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April to August All day Appears on tree stumps
Flea
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April to November All day On an infested villager

Last chance Animal Crossing bugs to catch this month: All bugs disappearing in April

Every month the species of bugs that live on your island will change slightly. This means that to fully complete both the Critterpedia and Museum, you'll need to pay close attention to which bugs appear every month.

Don't worry if you do accidentally miss a bug - it will return to your island eventually, you might just have to wait a couple of months.

It should be noted that the following only applies to the northern hemisphere.

All Animal Crossing bugs leaving at the end of April:

Animal Crossing BugsMonths available Times available Location
Tarantula
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November to April 7pm to 4amOn ground

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has arrived! After you've set up character customisation, your island name and chosen the correct season for your hemisphere, it's time to get to work on your new holiday life. Thankfully, we have some Animal Crossing New Horizons tips for that. There is fish to catch (including Stringfish and Sturgeon), bugs to catch, Bamboo, flowers and fruit to grow, hairstyles to unlock, villagers to add, shooting stars to wish upon, tools to craft (such as the new ladder and vaulting pole), materials (such Iron and Gold Nuggets) to find, Tarantulas to catch, wasp stings to avoid and Nook Miles and Bells to make, and of course, a house, museum and most importantly, the town hall and Isabelle to unlock where you can change the Town Tune and check your island star rating. You can also meet Gulliver and Wisp on your travels. Finally - you can take part in multiplayer, download QR code designs, complete your activities ahead of the Animal Crossing daily reset time, use amiibo and learning about the upcoming Bunny Day Easter event and Cherry blossom event.


Animal Crossing: New Horizons Bugs List (in-progress)

Here is an in-progress list of all the bugs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as well as their spawning conditions and other behaviours.

This list will be updated regularly throughout the year as more bugs become available in the coming months, but should serve as a useful guide for any you might currently have missing from your collection.

It should be noted that the following months are for the northern hemisphere. If your island is in the southern hemisphere, then each set of dates will differ by six months.

Animal Crossing BugsMonths available Times available Location
Common Butterfly
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September to June 4am to 7pm Flying around
Yellow Butterfly
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March to June
September to October
4am to 7pm Flying around
Tiger Butterfly
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March to September 4am to 7pm Flying around
Peacock Butterfly
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March to June 4am to 7pm Flying near flowers
Common Bluebottle
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April to August 8am to 4pm Flying around
Paper Kite Butterfly
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All year round 8am to 7pm Flying around
Emperor Buttefly
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December to March
June to September
5pm to 8am Flying around flowers
Agrias Butterfly
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April to September 8am to 5pm Flying around
Rajah Brooke's Birdwing
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April to September
December to February
8am to 5pm Flying around
Moth
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All year round 7pm to 4am Flying around a lightsource
Atlas Moth
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April to September 7pm to 4am On trees
Madagascan-Sunset Moth
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April to September 8am to 4pm Flying around flowers
Long Locust
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April to November 8am to 7pm On the ground
Mantis
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March to November 8am to 5pm On flowers
Orchid Mantis
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March to November 8am to 5pm On flowers
Honeybee
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March to July 8am to 5pm Flying around flowers
Wasp
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All year round All day Shake trees till a wasp nest falls, then catch them before they sting you
Darner Dragonfly
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April to October 8am to 5pm Flying around
Mole Cricket
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November to January All day Listen for its buzzing noise, then dig holes until one appears
Giant Water Bug
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April to September 7pm to 8am On a pond
Stinkbug
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March to October All day On flowers
Man-faced Stink Bug
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March to October 7pm to 8am On flowers
Ladybug
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March to June
October
8am to 5pm On flowers
Tiger Bettle
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February to October All day On ground
Jewel Bettle
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April to August All day Appears on tree stumps
Citrus Long-horned Beetle
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All year round All day Appears on a tree stump
Bagworm
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All year round All day Shake trees till one hangs down
Hermit Crab
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All year round 7pm to 8am On the beach - looks like a shell
Wharf Roach
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All year round All day Appears on the rocks near the sea
Fly
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All year round All day On trash that you leave on the ground
Flea
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April to November All day On an infested villager
Snail
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All year round All day Must be raining - on a rock
Pill Bug
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September to June 11pm to 4pm Hit a rock with a shovel until one appears
Centipede
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September to June 4pm to 11pm Hit a rock with a shovel until one appears
Spider
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All year round 7pm to 8am Shake trees till one hangs down
Tarantula
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November to April 7pm to 4am On ground

Good luck bug hunting!

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