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

Golden Trouts are swimming back into New Horizons!

March in Animal Crossing: New Horizons sees a variety of bugs, fish and sea creatures arrive on your island. Unlike February, you can expect to see a substantial change in your island's wildlife, which will continue in April.

March also marks the one year anniversary of Animal Crossing: New Horizons' release and we've now come full circle in the bug and fish appearances. This means it's the perfect time to keep an eye out for any creatures you might have missed last year.

If you catch every bug and fish in New Horizons, you'll not only complete two Museum exhibits, but unlock both the Golden Fishing Rod and Golden Net DIY recipes.

Below you'll discover exactly which creatures are both arriving and leaving your island in March, as the Critterpedia only lists this information once you've caught a creature.

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New Animal Crossing bugs, fish and sea creatures in March

With the true start of spring in New Horizons, you can expect to see a range of bug, fish and sea creatures arrive on or around your island.

Catching every creature which visits your island will help you complete both the Museum and the Critterpedia. This will also lead to unlocking both the Golden Fishing Rod and Golden Net DIY recipes.

Three species butterflies return in March.

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 March:

Animal Crossing BugsMonths available Times available LocationBug Price
Yellow ButterflyMarch to June
September to October
4am to 7pmFlying around160
Tiger ButterflyMarch to September4am to 7pmFlying around240
Peacock ButterflyMarch to June4am to 7pmFlying around flowers2500
MantisMarch to November8am to 5pmOn flowers430
Orchid MantisMarch to November8am to 5pm On flowers2400
HoneybeeMarch to July8am to 5pmFlying around flowers200
StinkbugMarch to OctoberAll dayOn flowers120
Man-faced Stink BugMarch to October7pm to 8amOn flowers1000
LadybugMarch to June
October
8am to 5pmOn flowers200

All Animal Crossing fish arriving in March:

Animal Crossing FishMonths available Times available LocationFish Price
TadpoleMarch to July24 hoursPond100
LoachMarch to May24 hoursRiver400
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
Barred KnifejawMarch to November24 hoursSea5000

All Animal Crossing sea creatures arriving in March:

Animal Crossing Sea CreaturesMonths available Times available Sea Creature Price
Turban ShellMarch to May
September to December
24 hours1000
Chambered Nautilus March to June
September to November
4pm to 9am1800
Umbrella OctopusMarch to May
September to November
24 hours6000
Firefly SquidMarch to June9pm to 4am1400
Spider CrabMarch to April24 hours10000

The Animal Crossing 2.0 update and Happy Home Paradise is here! We can help you with the new additions - including where to find Brewster, Gyroids, new villagers, ordinances, new fences, storage shed, new hairstyles, Froggy Chair, group stretching and Kapp'n boat tours. Cooking is now unlockable, so you need to know how to make both flour and sugar, as well as how to grow carrots, potatoes and tomatoes. Meanwhile, if you're new to Animal Crossing, our New Horizons tips can help with the basics. From the off, there's fish and bugs to catch, flowers and fruit to grow with. One long term goal is building your Happy Home Academy score. Finally, you need tools such as the new ladder and vaulting pole to fully explore.


Animal Crossing bugs, fish and sea creatures leaving in March

You can expect to see a number of creatures leave your island every month in New Horizons. If you don't catch one of these creatures before it leaves, you may find yourself waiting a number of months for its return.

We recommend catching these departing creatures at the beginning of the month to avoid having to rush about your island in the final week of the month.

The Sea Butterfly will depart from the Northern hemisphere till December.

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

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 March:

Animal Crossing BugsMonths available Times available LocationBug Price
Emperor ButterflyDecember to March
June to September
5pm to 8amFlying around flowers4000

All Animal Crossing fish leaving in March:

Animal Crossing FishMonths available Times available LocationFish Price
BitterlingNovember to March24 hoursRiver900
Yellow PerchOctober to March24 hoursRiver300
StringfishDecember to March4pm to 9amClifftop river15000
SturgeonSeptember to March24 hoursRiver (Mouth)10000
Sea ButterflyDecember to March24 hoursSea1000
Football FishNovember to March 4pm to 9amSea2500

All Animal Crossing sea creatures leaving in March:

Animal Crossing Sea CreaturesMonths available Times available Sea Creature Price
Red King CrabNovember to March24 hours8000

Our respective bug, fish and sea creatures 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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