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"I caught a diving beetle! Now I'm making a splash!" —New Horizons

The diving beetle (ゲンゴロウ, Gengorou?), also known as the water beetle in Animal Forest e+, is an uncommon bug found in rivers and ponds, swimming and diving. It is worth 800 Bells. It appears during the months of May through to September.

Diving beetles live in the river, and dart around similar to pond skaters. It spends most of its time submerged, revealing a shadow. To catch this bug, the player must swing their net when it has surfaced.

Donation to the museum[]

In City Folk[]

Upon donation the Museum, Blathers will say;

"While they're marginally less odious as adults...dive beetles are horrific in their larval stage! These wretched youths are twice the size of the adults and wield a large poison barb. Foul villainy! Then again, I suppose the adults aren't much better. They're both completely objectionable, really..."

In New Leaf[]

In New Leaf, an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.

"Diving beetles swim using thick, hairy hind legs and clean the water by eating dead insects. They store a supply of air under their wings to breathe underwater and surface to replenish as needed. When they're caught by predators, they release a foul-smelling bluish fluid from their heads in defense.

It can be found in the bottom-left hand enclosure in the bug exhibition, in the small pond.

In New Horizons[]

Upon donation the museum, Blathers will say;

Ah, the dastardly diving beetle! Famous for its distinctive round shape...and its voracious appetite. This powerful predator uses thick back legs covered in hairs to paddle after its prey. And it uses suction cups on its front legs to grip its quarry for good. My own legs have gone week thinking about it...

It can be found in the pond near the left of the first room in the bug exhibit.

Capture quotes[]

"I caught a diving beetle! I give it a perfect 10!" —City Folk
"I caught a diving beetle! It's like I have sonar or something!" —New Leaf
"I caught a diving beetle! Now I'm making a splash!" —New Horizons
Japanese Quotes

「ゲンゴロウを 捕まえた!おしりにあぶくが!?」 —Animal Forest e+

"I caught a diving beetle! Are there bubbles on its butt!?" (translation)

Encyclopedia information[]

City Folk[]

Encyclopedia Information
Diving Beetle (City Folk)
"These are said to have short but strong pincers. Ouch!"
Size About 38 mm
Time Morning-Dusk
Season Summer

New Leaf[]

Encyclopedia Information
Diving beetle encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a diving beetle! It's like I have sonar or something!"
Size Unknown
Time Morning-Evening
Season Summer

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
NH-diving beetle
"I caught a diving beetle! Now I'm making a splash!"
Current Active Hours 8am to 7pm
Months active (north) May to September
Months active (south) November to March

Further information[]

Adult beetles have a streamlined, dorsoventrally-compressed bodies

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A real life diving beetle

Most species are brown to black, but some have distinctive patterns of spots, lines, or mottling on the wing covers. The aquatic larvae are not frequently seen and have a long thorax and long legs. The head bears conspicuous large sickle-shaped mandibles without teeth. Despite being aquatic, the beetles cannot breathe underwater, and must surface frequently to collect air supply. Most species compress oxygen into a silvery bubble underneath their body which allows them to breathe even when far from the surface.

Predaceous diving beetles are easily confused with water scavenger beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae).

In other languages[]

Diving beetle
Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese ゲンゴロウ Gengorō -
France French Dytique -
Spain Spanish Escarabajo nadador -
Germany German Schwimmkäfer -
Italy Italian Ditisco -
The Netherlands Dutch Waterroofkever -
Russia Russian Плавунец Plavunets -
China Chinese 龙虱/龍虱 Lóngshī -
South Korea Korean 물방개 Mulbanggae -

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