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Dung beetle Gallery

"I caught a dung beetle! This species likes feces!" —New Horizons

Dung beetles (フンコロガシ, Fun-korogashi?) in the Animal Crossing series are rare Winter bugs that can only be caught when snow settles from early December to late February, or during the summer, as is the case in AFe+.

In Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf, and New Horizons they roll snowballs around town, and in Animal Forest e+ they roll regular Balls, both of which are substitutions for the balls of dung that their real-life counterparts roll.


Dung Beetle Animal Forest e 1

Dung beetle pushing a ball in Animal Forest e+.

In Wild World, City Folk and New Leaf dung beetles are very skittish and fly away when approached carelessly. This is not the case in Animal Forest e+, however, where they can be ran or jogged around without consequence, with the exception of their ball being pushed away. If the ball is pushed away from them they will continue to chase it, but if the ball goes too far then they sit on the floor and walk away. After a few seconds of walking they will fly away.

Donation to the museum[]

In Animal Forest e+[]

Dung beetle house

Dung Beetle in its Bug Cage in Animal Forest e+

When donated, they can be found rolling a Ball around the pond in the middle of the exhibit. The ball that it rolls is randomly generated upon entering the room and can be any of the three sports balls.

Japanese Dialog
Dung beetle speech

Blather's speech in Animal Forest e+.

「ホホー、 フンコロガシ ですね。 フンコロガシは その名の通り 本当は 動物のフンを ころがすんですよ。 ボールは ころがしませんので おまちがえに ならないよう、 ご注意下さいませ。 …って、そんな事 分かってますよね。 シツレイいたしました! それにしても、 動物のフンを 食べるなんて! ああ、キモチワルイ…。」

"Hoo hoo, a dung beetle, eh? Just as their name implies, they really roll around animal excrement. As it can be easily mistaken for rolling a ball, I advise you to please be careful. ...Well, you knew that already, didn't you? My deepest apologies! Nevertheless, to think it could eat animal dung! Ah, how disgusting..." (translation)

In Wild World[]

Blathers' speech is as follows:

"I say, I've actually heard it said that their dung-rolling is considered endearing! Absolute rubbish. It is a dirty habit. Dung is dirty. There is no refuting it! Hoo... What a world..."

The dung beetle can be found in the second bug room of the Museum, rolling a ball of dung in a figure-of-eight around the two rocks at the top of the square grassy area.

In City Folk[]

Blathers' usual speech is as follows:

"These beetles are also known as scarabs and were once revered in some parts of the world. Looking at it now, I must admit there IS something a bit refined about its antennae and legs..."

After donation, the dung beetle can be found rolling a piece of dung in the lower terrace in the smaller dirt circle, sharing the exhibit with the migratory locust.

In New Leaf[]

Since Blathers does not talk about the bug, the exhibit provides the information as follows:

"Dung beetles are famous for the exact thing you'd assume they're famous for. In fact, they use their namesake both as a source of food and a place to lay their eggs. Dung beetles are very strong and can roll things 10 times the weight of their bodies. One species can even pull objects 1,141 times its weight, which is like a human pulling 6 packed buses!"

In New Horizons[]

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

"What can I say? The aptly-named dung beetle feeds on the feces of animals. Hoo! You heard right! This putrid pest rolls up balls of dung...and then rolls them away to dine on at a later date. As if that weren't atrocious enough, some dung beetles lay their eggs in the feces too! What a dreadful place to raise the young."

Capture quotes[]

"Eww...I caught a dung beetle! Shouldn't you be rolling something else?" —Wild World
"I caught a dung beetle! Um... Ew." —City Folk
"I caught a dung beetle! Nah, the joke's just too easy." —New Leaf
Japanese Quotes

「フンコロガシを 捕まえた! ボール ころがしてたのに?」 —Animal Forest e+

"I caught a dung beetle! Even though it was rolling a ball?" (translation)

「フンコロガシを つかまえた! 転がすモノが 違うでしょ!」 —New Leaf

"I caught a dung beetle! It was probably rolling something else!" (translation)

Encyclopedia information[]

Wild World[]

Encyclopedia Information
Dung beetle (Wild World) "They are usually found in the desert. They eat dung and bury their eggs in it. Ew! It's gross, but it's good for the Earth."
Size 35 mm
Time Night
Season Winter
Icon Dung beetle (Wild World icon)

City Folk[]

Encyclopedia Information
Dung Beetle (City Folk)
"These eat and lay their eggs in dung. Yes, it's gross, but good for the earth."
Size About 35 mm
Time Night
Season Winter

In New Leaf[]

Encyclopedia Information
Dung beetle encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a dung beetle! Nah, the joke's just too easy."
Size About 33 mm
Time Night-Morning
Season Winter

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
Dung beetle nh
"I caught a dung beetle! This species likes feces!"
Current Active Hours All day
Months active (north) Dec. to Feb.
Months active (south) Jun. to Aug.

Strategy for Animal Forest e+[]

In Animal Forest e+ they are extremely rare. The best setup is to find an acre with no trees or rocks present. This eliminates the chance of Pill Bug or Spider/Bagworm appearing. The best time is during March at around 7am. This prevents mosquitoes and other "pest" bugs. This way the dung beetle is the only bug that can appear in the acre. Stand on the corner of the two acres and switch between them until one appears (it helps if the ball is within sight when entering the acre, so push it until you can see it. However if the ball is too close to the acre border then nothing will appear on it).

Another way is to simply push the ball through many acres. There is a glitch that allows the Dung Beetle to spawn on the ball when you are pushing it through the next acre.

Further information[]

Real Dung

A real-life Dung Beetle.

Certain members of the insect family Scarabaeidae feed almost exclusively on feces and decaying matter, many of the species have a good sense of smell. Dung beetles lay their eggs in dung once it has been rolled back to its burrow.

Beetles in the family Scarabaeidae are commonly known as "Scarab Beetles"; and it often comes to much surprise that the Dung Beetle is one of the insects often rumored to be plated in shimmering metallic colors. Much to the contrary, however, many Scarab Beetles are very dull save a few.

Scarab Beetles were regarded as sacred in Ancient Egypt. The sun god Ra was said to have taken the form of a scarab called Khepri at dawn, rolling the sun like a ball of dung. A scarab shaped amulet was placed over the hearts of mummies to protect them on their journey through Duat, a dangerous part of the underworld. According to the Egyptians the heart held a record of the person's past deeds and was weighed at the entrance to the afterlife. The shape of the scarab was also used in jewellery and artwork, usually with brightly colored wings.

Not all Scarab Beetles are attracted to dung; most species are in fact leaf foragers, and certain species such as the Japanese Beetle that has spread across the globe, are serious defoliators of garden plants and shrubbery. There are around 30,000 species of scarabaeids worldwide.

In other languages[]

Dung beetle
Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese フンコロガシ Funkorogashi -
France French Bousier -
Spain Spanish Escarabajo pelotero -
Germany German Mistkäfer -
Italy Italian Scarabeo stercorario -
The Netherlands Dutch Mestkever -
China Chinese 蜣螂 糞金龜/粪金龟 Qiāngláng (fènjīnguī) -
South Korea Korean 쇠똥구리 Soettongguri -

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