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

Say goodbye to the sharks!

A collection of new bugs, fish and sea creatures will appear around your island every month in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Catching every fish, bug and sea creature in New Horizons will help you complete the Museum and unlock two of the Golden Tools DIY recipes.

Within the Critterpedia you'll be able to find the details for when each creature appears on your island, but, to unlock this information, you must first catch the creature in question - which is where this page comes in handy.

As with August, the month is packed fill of creatures coming and going - so make sure you use the full month to get everything before it disappears.

On this page:

New Animal Crossing bugs, fish and sea creatures arriving in September

Every month in New Horizons sees the arrival of at least one new bug, fish or sea creature for you to find on your island.

Successfully catching these creatures will help you complete the Museum exhibits and your own Critterpedia, so it's a good idea to know which creatures you can expect to see every month.

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

All new bugs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in September:

Animal Crossing BugsMonths available Times available LocationBug Price
Common ButterflySeptember to June4am to 7pmFlying around160
Yellow ButterflyMarch to June
September to October
4am to 7pmFlying around160
Monarch ButterflySeptember to November4am to 5pmFlying around140
CricketSeptember to November5pm to 8amOn the ground130
Bell CricketSeptember to October5pm to 8amOn the ground430
Red DragonflySeptember to October8am to 7pmFlying around180
Violin BeetleMay to June
September to November
All dayAppears on tree stumps450
Pill BugSeptember to June11pm to 4pmHit a rock with a shovel until one appears250
CentipedeSeptember to June4pm to 11pmHit a rock with a shovel until one appears300

All new fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in September:

Animal Crossing FishMonths available Times available LocationFish Price
PikeSeptember to December24 hoursRiver1800
Cherry SalmonMarch to June
September to November
4pm to 9amClifftop river800
CharMarch to June
September to November
4pm to 9amClifftop river3800
Golden TroutMarch to May
September to November
4pm to 9amClifftop river15000
SalmonSeptember24 hoursRivermouth700
King SalmonSeptember24 hoursRivermouth1800
Mitten CrabSeptember to November4pm to 9amRiver2000
SturgeonSeptember to March24 hoursRiver (Mouth)10000

All new sea creatures in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in September:

Animal Crossing Sea CreaturesMonths available Times available Sea Creature Price
OysterSeptember to February24 hours1100
Turban ShellMarch to May
September to December
24 hours1000
Chambered NautilusMarch to June
September to November
4pm to 9am1800
Umbrella OctopusMarch to May
September to November
24 hours6000
Sweet ShrimpSeptember to February4pm to 9am1400

Animal Crossing bugs, fish and sea creatures in September

To allow new creatures to arrive on your island in New Horizons, others must leave. Before they do, you'll want to ensure that you've caught at least one of every creature before they leave, else you'll have to wait a couple of months for them to return.

If you want to avoid missing a creature, then it's a good idea to catch the creatures that are going to leave closer to the beginning of the month. This means that you won't have to rush around your island, trying to catch them, at the end of the month.

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The Blue Marlin will return in November - but its rarity means it's best to keep an eye out whenever it's available.

Our dedicated guides for bugs, fish and sea creatures also contain a variety of tips to help you catch the creatures you need.

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

All Animal Crossing bugs leaving at the end of September:

Animal Crossing BugsMonths available Times available LocationBug Price
Tiger ButterflyMarch to September4am to 7pmFlying around240
Emperor ButterflyDecember to March
June to September
5pm to 8amFlying around flowers4000
Agrias ButterflyApril to September8am to 5pmFlying around3000
Rajah Brooke's BirdwingApril to September
December to February
8am to 5pmFlying around2500
Queen Alexandra's BirdwingMay to September8am to 4pmFlying around4000
Atlas MothApril to September7pm to 4amOn trees3000
Madagascan-Sunset MothApril to September8am to 4pmFlying around flowers2500
GrasshopperJuly to September8am to 5pmOn the ground160
Walker CicadaAugust to September8am to 5pmOn trees400
PondskaterMay to September8am to 7pmOn ponds and rivers130
Diving BettleMay to September8am to 7pmOn ponds and rivers800
Giant Water BugApril to September7pm to 8amOn a pond2000
Rosalia Batesi BeetleMay to SeptemberAll dayAppears on a tree stump3000
Earth-boring Dung BeetleJuly to SeptemberAll dayOn the ground300
Goliath BeetleJune to September5pm to 8amOn trees8000
Rainbow StagJune to September7pm to 8amOn trees6000
Walking LeafJuly to SeptemberAll dayUnder trees disguised as leaves600
MosquitoJune to September5pm to 4amFlying around130

All Animal Crossing fish leaving at the end of September:

Animal Crossing FishMonths available Times available LocationFish Price
CrawfishApril to September24 hoursPond200
Soft-shelled TurtleAugust to September4pm to 9amRiver3750
SweetfishJuly to September24 hoursRiver900
SalmonSeptember24 hoursRivermouth700
King SalmonSeptember24 hoursRivermouth1800
Nibble FishMay to September9am to 4pmRiver1500
PiranhaJune to September9am to 4pm
9pm to 4am
River2500
ArowanaJune to September4pm to 9amRiver10000
DoradoJune to September4am to 9pmRiver15000
GarJune to September4pm to 9amPond6000
ArapaimaJune to September4pm to 9amRiver10000
Saddled BichirJune to September9pm to 4amRiver4000
ClownfishApril to September24 hoursSea650
SurgeonfishApril to September24 hoursSea1000
Butterfly FishApril to September24 hoursSea1000
Puffer FishJuly to September24 hoursSea250
Blue MarlinNovember to April
July to September
24 hoursPier10000
Ocean SunfishJuly to September4am to 9pmSea4000
Saw SharkJune to September4pm to 9amSea12000
Hammerhead SharkJune to September4pm to 9amSea8000
Great White SharkJune to September4pm to 9amSea15000
Whale SharkJune to September24 hoursSea13000
SuckerfishJune to September24 hoursSea1500

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. Recently acorns and pine cones were added.


All Animal Crossing sea creatures leaving at the end of September:

Animal Crossing Sea CreaturesMonths available Times available Sea Creature Price
Sea GrapesJune to September24 hours900
Sea UrchinMay to September24 hours1700
Slate Pencil UrchinMay to September4pm to 9am2000
Moon JellyfishJuly to September24 hours600
Gigas Giant ClamMay to September24 hours15000
Tiger PrawnJune to September4pm to 9am3000
Horseshoe CrabJuly to September9pm to 4am2500
FlatwormAugust to September4pm to 9am700

Our respective fish list, bug list and sea creatures list contain every species that can be found throughout the year in New Horizons if you want to know what's just round the corner - or what you might have missed.

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