New Bugs and Fish in April: Everything arriving and leaving this month in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Your last chance to catch a tarantula for six months!

April has come to Animal Crossing: New Horizons bringing bugs, fish and sea creatures with it similar to March and, the next month, May.

If you've been playing New Horizons since its launch last year, then you've mostly likely already caught many of these creatures. If, however, you've missed a couple or have started playing more recently, then this month is an excellent time to go bug hunting, fish or diving.

Catching every bug and fish in New Horizons will let you complete two Museum exhibits and unlock two Golden Tool DIY recipes - the Golden Fishing Rod and the Golden Net.

Below you'll discover exactly which creatures are both arriving and leaving your island in April, as, not so helpfully, the Critterpedia only details a creature's information once you've caught it for the first time.

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New Animal Crossing bugs, fish and sea creatures in April

April sees a whole host of bugs and fish, with a couple of sea creatures, return to your island in New Horizons.

If you manage to catch every creature you'll be able to complete both the Museum and the Critterpedia. Completing these feats will also unlock both the Golden Fishing Rod and the Golden Net DIY recipe.

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I'm practising my flea catching abilities. I swear...

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

For the southern hemisphere, please visit our dedicated bug, fish and sea creatures guides.

All Animal Crossing bugs arriving in April:

Animal Crossing BugsMonths available Times available LocationBug Price
Common BluebottleApril to August8am to 4pm Flying around300
Agrias ButterflyApril to September8am to 5pmFlying around3000
Rajah Brooke's BirdwingApril to September
December to February
8am to 5pmFlying around2500
Atlas MothApril to September7pm to 4amOn trees3000
Madagascan-Sunset MothApril to September8am to 4pmFlying around flowers2500
Long LocustApril to November8am to 7pmOn the ground200
Darner DragonflyApril to October8am to 5pmFlying around230
Giant Water BugApril to September7pm to 8am On a pond2000
Jewel BeetleApril to AugustAll dayAppears on tree stumps2400
FleaApril to NovemberAll dayOn an infested villager70

All Animal Crossing fish arriving in April:

Animal Crossing FishMonths available Times available LocationFish Price
KillifishApril to August24 hoursPond300
CrawfishApril to September24 hoursPond200
Snapping TurtleApril to October9pm to 4amRiver5000
GuppyApril to November9am to 4pmRiver1300
Neon TetraApril to November9am to 4pmRiver500
SeahorseApril to November24 hoursSea1100
ClownfishApril to September24 hoursSea650
SurgeonfishApril to September24 hoursSea1000
Butterfly FishApril to September24 hoursSea1000
Zebra TurkeyfishApril to November24 hoursSea500
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All Animal Crossing sea creatures arriving in April:

Animal Crossing Sea CreaturesMonths available Times available Sea Creature Price
LobsterApril to June
December to January
24 hours4500
Sea PineappleApril to August24 hours1500

New to Animal Crossing? Our Animal Crossing New Horizons tips can help with the basics. From the off, there's fish and bugs to catch, flowers and fruit to grow with Leif selling seeds, villagers to add or remove and tools such as the new ladder and vaulting pole to collect. Once you have settled in, you'll want to be making as many Bells as possible, start collecting K.K. Slider songs and work on your island star rating, increase your HHA ranking, incorporate Feng Shui into your room design and acquiring kitchen furniture. You can also buy fake art from Redd, use the Dream Suite and island backup.


Animal Crossing bugs, fish and sea creatures leaving in April

The beginning of every month in New Horizons sees a number of bugs, fish and sea creatures leave your island. If you forget to catch one of these creatures or simply can't find them, you'll have to wait till it returns to your shores and this could take a number of months.

We recommend catching the departing creatures at the beginning of the month, so you don't have to rush about your island in the month's final days.

For more creature hunting tips, check out our dedicated bug, fish and sea creature guide.

How to catch Tarantula in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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

For the southern hemisphere, please visit our dedicated bug, fish and sea creatures guides.

All Animal Crossing bugs leaving in April:

Animal Crossing BugsMonths available Times available LocationBug Price
TarantulaNovember to April7pm to 4amOn the ground8000

All Animal Crossing fish leaving in April:

Animal Crossing FishMonths available Times available LocationFish Price
DabOctober to April24 hoursSea300
TunaNovember to April24 hoursPier7000
Blue MarlinNovember to April
July to September
24 hoursPier10000
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All Animal Crossing sea creatures leaving in April:

Animal Crossing Sea CreaturesMonths available Times available Sea Creature Price
Sea CucumberNovember to April24 hours500
Snow CrabNovember to April24 hours6000
Spider CrabMarch to April24 hours10000

Our respective bug, fish and sea creature lists contain every species that can be found throughout the year in New Horizons for both the northern and southern hemisphere.

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