This article is about the various insects and creatures that can be caught with a net. For the glitches and errors, see Glitches.

Bugs are collectable items in the Animal Crossing series. Players can catch them with a net. They can be donated to the museum, sold to Tom Nook, or placed in the player's home inside a Bug Cage, like a piece of furniture. Most of them are worth a lot less than most fish at Tom Nook's store. A large amount of bugs will only emerge during the Summer, a few unique species emerge in Autumn and Spring, and there are almost none during the Winter.

List of Bugs between games

In Animal Forest

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Main: Bugs (Animal Forest)

In the original N64 Animal Forest, there are 32 species obtainable.

In Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing Bugs

Main: Bugs (Animal Crossing)

In the Japanese Animal Forest+ and its English counterpart Animal Crossing, there are 40 species obtainable, adding 8 bugs to the game. Pondskater, Ant, Pill Bug, Mosquito, Mole Cricket, Spider, Snail, and Bagworm are new to the game.

In Animal Forest e+

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Main: Bugs (Animal Forest e+)

In the Japanese-only game, Animal Forest e+ an extra 8 species are added, making a total of 48 bugs obtainable.The new species include the Birdwing Butterfly, Hercules Beetle, Flea, Diving Beetle, Crab, Hermit Crab, Coconut Crab, and Dung Beetle.

In Wild World

Main: Bugs (Wild World)

In Wild World a total of 56 bugs are obtainable, with many added and many dropped. Dropped bugs from Animal Forest e+ and GCN games include Purple Butterfly, Common Dragonfly, Pine Cricket, Ladybug (GCN), Drone Beetle, Mountain Beetle, Bagworm, Diving Beetle, Crab, Hermit Crab, and Coconut Crab. New bugs include Peacock Butterfly, Monarch Butterfly, Emperor Butterfly, Agrias Butterfly, Moth, Oak Silk Moth, Honeybee, Orchid Mantis, Lantern Fly, Walking Stick, Fruit Beetle, Scarab Beetle, Rainbow Stag, Atlas Beetle, Elephant Beetle, Goliath Beetle, Fly, Scorpion, and Tarantula.

In City Folk

Main: Bugs (City Folk)

In City Folk, a total of 64 bugs are obtainable. Dropped bugs include Cockroach and (Flat) Stag Beetle. New bugs include Raja Brooke Butterfly, Giant Petaltail, Walking Leaf, Violin Beetle, Cyclommatus, Golden Stag, and Centipede. Returned bugs include Diving Beetle, Bagworm, and Miyama Stag (Formerly called Mountain Beetle).

In New Leaf


Main: Bugs (New Leaf)

In New Leaf, a total of 72 bugs are obtainable, adding 8 new bugs. New bugs include Rice Grasshopper, Giant Cicada, Cicada Shell, Stinkbug, Tiger Beetle, Wharf Roach, and House Centipede. Returned bugs include the Hermit Crab.

Golden Net

When the player catches all the types of bugs, Tortimer will appear outside the player's house the next day and award them with a Golden Net.

In Animal Crossing

In Animal Crossing, he will say this to the player:

"I've been a-waiting for you, player. Word is that you've been catching bugs... Those tiny little monsters... You likely had no idea at the time, but when you caught every last kind of insect we know of in these parts... You became the most famous bug-catching-person in the history of <Town>! Hurrah for you, sprout! To commemorate such a wild and woolly occasion, I'd like you to have this fine Golden Net. I suppose now that you're a big, famous bug-catcher you may not need it... ...But this is the kind of net that really makes a difference when you're having trouble catching butterflies. Yepper! Treat 'er with care, sprout! You won't be getting one anywhere else, and there's no replacing it, you know... Yepper, chasing bugs is good, but I'm partial to chasing Zs. Oooh... Looks like a tough crowd out there today..."

Bug List

Here are all of the bugs in the series.

Name Price Location Time Months Peak Times Peak Months
Agrias Butterfly 3,000 Flying near Flowers 8am-5pm June-Sept
Ant 80 On Dropped Candy or Rotten Turnips All Day All Year
Atlas Beetle 8,000 On Palm Trees 7pm-8am Jun-Aug
Bagworm 300 In Trees 7pm-8am Oct-Feb
Banded Dragonfly 4,500 Flying Anywhere 8am-5pm Jul-Aug


In Trees All Day All Year
Bell Cricket 430 In Grass 5pm-8am Sep-Oct
Birdwing Butterfly 3,000(WW)


Flying near Flowers 8am-5pm Jun-Sept
Brown Cicada 200 On Trees 8am-5pm Jul-Aug
Centipede(CF&NL) 300 In Rocks Night June-Feb
Cicada Shell(NL) 100 On Trees All Day July-Aug
Cockroach(AC&WW) 5 On Trees All Day All Year
Common Butterfly 90 Flying near Flowers 4am-7pm Mar-Sept 8am-5pm Apr-Jun
Crab(AFe+) 150 Walking on the beach All Day All Year
Cricket 130 In Grass 5pm-8am Sept-Nov 9pm-4am Sept-Oct
Cyclommatus(CF&NL) 8,000 On Palm Trees 5pm-8am Jul-Aug
Darner Dragonfly 200 Flying Anywhere 8am-5pm Jun-Aug 9am-4pm June
Diving Beetle(CF&NL) 800 On Freshwater 8am-5pm May-Sept
Drone Beetle 100 On Trees All Day July-Aug
Dung Beetle 800 Rolling Snowballs 5pm-8am Dec-Feb
Dynastid Beetle 1,350 On Trees 5pm-8am Jul-Aug
Elephant Beetle 8,000 On Palm Trees 7pm-8am Jul-Aug
Emperor Butterfly 2,500 Flying near Flowers 8am-5pm(AC&WW)


Evening Cicada 550 On Trees 4am-8am, 4pm-7pm July-Aug
Firefly 300 Near Freshwater 7pm-4am June
Flea 70 On Villager All Day Mar-Nov
Fly 60 Flying near Rafflesia, Rotten Turnips or Garbage All Day All Year
Fruit Beetle 100 On Trees All Day Jul-Sep 7pm-8am Sept
Giant Beetle /
Giant Stag(NL)
10,000 On Trees 11pm-8am Jul-Aug(GCN&NL)
Giant Cicada 500 On Trees 8am-5pm Jul-Aug
Giant Petaltail(CF&NL) 8,000 Flying Anywhere 4pm-7pm Aug-Oct
Golden Stag 12,000 On Trees 5pm-8am Jul-Aug
Goliath Beetle 6,000 On Palm Trees 7pm-8am(WW), 5pm-8am(CF) Jun-Aug
Grasshopper 160 In Grass 9am-4pm Jul-Sept 8am-5pm Sept
Hercules Beetle 12,000 On Palm Trees 7pm-4am Jul-Aug
Hermit Crab(NL) 1,000 Island Beach 7pm-8am All Year
Honeybee 100 Flying near Flowers 8am-5pm Mar-Aug 9am-4pm Mar-Jun
House Centipede(NL) 250 Hit Rocks 7pm-8am Aug-Oct
Jewel Beetle 2,400 On Trees 8am-5pm Jul-Aug
Ladybug 200 On Flowers 8am-5pm Mar-Jun,Oct 9am-4pm Mar-May
Lantern Fly 1,800 On Trees 4pm-7pm, 11pm-8am Jun-Sept
Long Locust 200 In Grass 8am-7pm Aug-Nov(WW) May-Nov(CF) 9am-4pm Mar-Jun
Longhorn Beetle 260 On trees(AC&WW)

On tree stumps(CF&NL)

8am-5pm Jun-Aug
Mantis 430 On Flowers 8am-5pm Apr-Nov(CF)
9am-4pm Sep-Nov
Migratory Locust 600 In Grass 8am-7pm Sep-Nov(WW) Aug-Nov(CF) 9am-4pm Sep-Oct
Miyama Stag(CF&NL) 1,000 On Trees All Day Jun-Aug
Mole Cricket 280 Underground All Day Nov-May
Monarch Butterfly 90


Flying near Flowers 8am-5pm Sept-Nov 8am-4pm Oct-Nov
Mosquito 130 Flying Anywhere 5pm-4am Jun-Sep 4pm-4am Jun-Aug
Moth 60 Near Lights (Outside) 7pm-4am May-Sept 9pm-4am Jun-Aug
Oak Silk Moth 1,200 On Trees 7pm-4am Jun-Sept
Orchid Mantis 2,400 On Flowers 8am-5pm Aug-Nov(WW)
Peacock (Butterfly) 220 Flying (Near Blue, Violet & Black Flowers) 8am-5pm Mar-Sept 8am-4pm Jul-Sept
Pill Bug 250 Under Rocks All Day All Year
Pine Cricket(AC) 100 In Grass 5pm-8am Sept-Oct
Pondskater 130 Main Pond/Holding Ponds 8am-7pm Jun-Sep
Rainbow Stag 10,000 On Trees 7pm-8am Jun-Sept
Raja Brooke Butterfly(CF&NL) 2,500 Flying (Near Freshwater) 8am-5pm(May/July)


Red Dragonfly 80 Flying Anywhere 8am-7pm Sep-Oct
Rice Grasshopper(NL) 400 On Ground 8am-7pm Aug-Sept
Robust Cicada 300 On Trees 8am-5pm Jul-Aug
Saw Stag Beetle 2,000 On Trees All Day Jul-Aug 9pm-4am Jul-Aug
Scarab Beetle 6,000 On Trees 11pm-8am Jul-Aug
Scorpion 8,000 On Ground 7pm-4am Jul-Sept
Snail 250 On Flowers All Day Apr-Sep
Spider 300 In Trees All Day Mar-Nov
Stag Beetle 2,000 On Trees 7pm-8am Jun-Aug 9pm-4am Jul-Aug
Stinkbug(NL) 120 On Trees All Day Apr-Oct
Tarantula 8,000 On Ground 7pm-4am Jun-Aug
Tiger Beetle(NL) 1,500 On Ground 8am-7pm; 4am-5pm Mar-Sept, Oct
Tiger Butterfly 160 Flying Near Red & Pink Flowers 8am-5pm Mar-Jun 8am-4pm Mar-Sept
Violin Beetle(CF&NL) 250 On Tree Stumps 4am-7pm June

4am-5pm Sept-Oct
8am-5pm Nov

Jun, Sept-Nov
Walker Cicada 400 On Trees 8am-5pm Jul-Sept
Walkingstick 600 On Trees 4am-7pm Jul-Nov
Walking Leaf(CF&NL) 600 On Ground 4am-7pm Jul-Nov
Wharf Roach(NL) 200 Beach All Day All Year
Yellow Butterfly 80 Flying Anywhere 4am-7pm Mar-Jun, Sep
*Note: (AC) = Animal Crossing, (AFe+) = Animal Forest e+, (WW) = Wild World, (CF) = City Folk, (NL) = New Leaf. Bugs with any of the above parentheticals next to their name only appear in those games unless otherwise stated in the articles.

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