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"I caught a drone beetle! I wonder where the queen is." —Animal Crossing

The drone beetle (カナブン, Kanabun?) is a bright green bug. It appears in Animal Forest, Animal Forest+, Animal Crossing, Animal Forest e+ and New Horizons.

Donation to the museum

In Animal Crossing

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"They're called beetles, wot? The lugs of the insect world. Insects with armor plating on their backs, you know. Their armor, it...opens up, revealing wings, which they use to fly. It's really quite unnatural. Then, there's that thin membrane-like covering where their heads connect to their bodies. Most foul!"

In New Horizons

In New Horizons, upon donation or selecting "Tell me about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):

"I must say, the drone beetle is like that boorish acquaintance who is much too loud for polite company. That is, it is a large bug with a square head and is so named for the droning noise it makes when it flies. Furthermore, it has hooks on its feet that help it to cling tightly on trees. HOOK FEET... How gauche!"

Capture quotes

In Animal Crossing

"I caught a drone beetle! I wonder where the queen is..." —Animal Crossing

Animal Forest e+

"力ナブンだ! こがねむし・・・? とは、ちがうんだな、コレが。" —Animal Forest e+


"It's a Drone Beetle! ...? It's different from a Scarab." —Animal Forest e+

New Horizons

"I caught a drone beetle! Shouldn't you have more propellers?" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia information

New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a drone beetle! Shouldn't you have more propellers?"
Current Active Hours All day
Months active (north) Jun. to Aug.
Months active (south) Dec. to Feb.


Further information

Drone beetle r japonica
The Drone Beetle is known as Kanabun カナブン in Japanese. Their wings are often emerald green, but some take a more bronzy or citrine tinge.

Close relatives to this species, the Dicronorrhina genus of beetles has very distinctive front legs which are very long and only seen in male individuals. They are considered good beginner species in breeding and raising.

Like many other Scarab Beetles in the family Scarabaeidae, they are colorful and herbivorous, sometimes reaching pest levels when large groups swarm together in one place.

In other languages

Drone beetle
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese カナブン Kanabun
Flag of France small French Pseudotorynorrhina
Flag of Spain Spanish Escarabajo verde japonés
Flag of Germany small German Japan-Rosenkäfer
Flag of Italy small Italian Cetonia dorata
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Bladsprietkever
Flagofrussiasmall Russian Бронзовка Bronzovka
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 日铜锣花金龟 Rìtóngluóhuājīnguī
Flag of South Korea Korean 풍이 Pungi

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