Animal Crossing Bugs list: All bug prices, locations, and how to catch rare bugs explained

All bugs you can catch in Animal Crossing - and where to find them.

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. Quite the task, but a worth reward!

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.

This Animal Crossing bug list focuses on the Northern Hemisphere for the times of the year insects come and go, but if you want a condensed look at the weeks ahead, we have a dedicated new fish and insects arriving and leaving this month page.

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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, 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. Also, the rarer the colour, the more likely rare insects will appear there.
  • Like with fish, certain bugs are weather dependent. Snails, for example, will only appear on rocks 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, especially when it flies up a cliff or across a river.
  • Keep not only your eyes peeled but your ears sharp, as 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. Our bug list at the end of this page explains their various sources, but if you don't want them spoilt for you, it's worth experimenting with things which might attract them in real life. Bugs can appear in all sorts of ways!

How to catch rare bugs and the best 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, such as selling selling Turnips.

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 page.

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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 page.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Bugs and their prices list

Here is a list of all the bugs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as well as their spawning conditions and other behaviours to be aware of.

Remember, bugs will come in and out of rotation throughout the year, so it's impossible to get everything at any given time. If you're hoping to get them all and want to see what's urgent - the things about to leave, and what's appearing - our dedicated new fish and insects arriving this month page can help you see these at a glance.

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.

Here are all bugs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, in the order they appear in the Critterpedia:

Animal Crossing BugsMonths available Times available LocationBug Price
Common Butterfly September to June 4am to 7pm Flying around 160
Yellow Butterfly March to June
September to October
4am to 7pm Flying around 160
Tiger Butterfly March to September 4am to 7pm Flying around 240
Peacock Butterfly March to June 4am to 7pm Flying around flowers 2500
Common Bluebottle April to August 8am to 4pm Flying around 300
Paper Kite Butterfly All year round 8am to 7pm Flying around 1000
Great Purple Emperor May to August 4am to 7pm Flying around 3000
Monarch Butterfly September to November 4am to 5pm Flying around 140
Emperor Butterfly December to March
June to September
5pm to 8am Flying around flowers 4000
Agrias Butterfly April to September 8am to 5pm Flying around 3000
Rajah Brooke's Birdwing April to September
December to February
8am to 5pm Flying around 2500
Queen Alexandra's Birdwing May to September 8am to 4pm Flying around 4000
Moth All year round 7pm to 4am Flying around a lightsource 130
Atlas Moth April to September 7pm to 4am On trees 3000
Madagascan-Sunset Moth April to September 8am to 4pm Flying around flowers 2500
Long Locust April to November 8am to 7pm On the ground 200
Migratory Locust August to November 8am to 7pm On the ground 600
Rice Grasshopper August to November 8am to 7pm On the ground 400
Grasshopper July to September 8am to 5pm On the ground 160
Cricket September to November 5pm to 8am On the ground 130
Bell Cricket September to October 5pm to 8am On the ground 430
Mantis March to November 8am to 5pm On flowers 430
Orchid Mantis March to November 8am to 5pm On flowers 2400
Honeybee March to July 8am to 5pm Flying around flowers 200
Wasp All year round All day Shake trees till a wasp nest falls, then catch them before they sting you 2500
Brown Cicada July to August 8am to 5pm On trees 250
Robust Cicada July to August 8am to 5pm On trees 300
Giant Cicada July to August 8am to 5pm On trees 500
Walker Cicada August to September 8am to 5pm On trees 400
Evening Cicada July to August 4am to 8am
4pm to 7pm
On trees 550
Cicada Shell July to August All day On trees 10
Red Dragonfly September to October 8am to 7pm Flying around 180
Darner Dragonfly April to October 8am to 5pm Flying around 230
Banded Dragonfly May to October 8am to 5pm Flying around 4500
Damselfly November to February All day Flying around 500
Firefly June 7pm to 4am Flying around 300
Mole Cricket November to January All day Listen for its buzzing noise, then dig holes until one appears 500
Pondskater May to September 8am to 7pm On ponds and rivers 130
Diving Bettle May to September 8am to 7pm On ponds and rivers 800
Giant Water Bug April to September 7pm to 8am On a pond 2000
Stinkbug March to October All day On flowers 120
Man-faced Stink Bug March to October 7pm to 8am On flowers 1000
Ladybug March to June
October
8am to 5pm On flowers 200
Tiger Bettle February to October All day On the ground 1500
Jewel Beetle April to August All day Appears on tree stumps 2400
Violin Beetle May to June
September to November
All day Appears on tree stumps 450
Citrus Long-horned Beetle All year round All day Appears on a tree stump 350
Rosalia Batesi Beetle May to September All day Appears on a tree stump 3000
Blue Weevil Beetle July to August All day Appears on a tree stump 800
Dung Beetle December to February All day On the ground rolling snowballs 3000
Earth-boring Dung Beetle July to September All day On the ground 300
Scarab Beetle July to August 11pm to 8am On trees 10000
Drone Beetle June to August All day On trees 200
Goliath Beetle June to September 5pm to 8am On trees 8000
Saw Stag July to August All day On trees 2000
Miyama Stag July to August All day On trees 1000
Giant Stag July to August 11pm to 8am On trees 10000
Rainbow Stag June to September 7pm to 8am On trees 6000
Cyclommatus Stag July to August 5pm to 8am On coconut trees 8000
Golden Stag July to August 5pm to 8am On coconut trees 12000
Giraffe Stag July to August 5pm to 8am On trees 12000
Horned Dynastid July to August 5pm to 8am On trees 1350
Horned Atlas July to August 5pm to 8am On coconut trees 8000
Horned Elephant July to August 5pm to 8am On coconut trees 8000
Horned Hercules July to August 5pm to 8am On coconut trees 12000
Walking Stick July to November 4am to 8am
5pm to 7pm
On trees 600
Walking Leaf July to September All day Under trees disguised as leaves 600
Bagworm All year round All day Shake trees until one hangs down 600
Ant All year round All day Will appear on spoiled turnips 80
Hermit Crab All year round 7pm to 8am On the beach - looks like a shell 1000
Wharf Roach All year round All day Appears on flat rocks near the sea 200
Fly All year round All day On trash left on the ground 60
Mosquito June to September 5pm to 4am Flying around 130
Flea April to November All day On an infested villager 70
Snail All year round All day Must be raining - on a rock 250
Pill Bug September to June 11pm to 4pm Hit a rock with a shovel until one appears 250
Centipede September to June 4pm to 11pm Hit a rock with a shovel until one appears 300
Spider All year round 7pm to 8am Shake trees until one hangs down 600
Tarantula November to April 7pm to 4am On the ground 8000
Scorpion May to October 7pm to 4am On the ground 8000

Good luck bug hunting!

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