- "I caught a fruit beetle! Orange you glad I did?!" —New Leaf
The fruit beetle (コガネムシ, Kogane-mushi?) is a very common, small, metallic green bug that can be found on fruit and non-fruit trees at any time of the day between July and September. It can be sold for 100 Bells. It first appeared in Wild World and re-appeared in City Folk. It is similar, and very closely related, to the Scarab Beetle, which is golden in color, and also the Drone Beetle from earlier games.
Donation to the museum
In Wild World
"Just because they are considered pretty, these tend to fetch a high price. I simply don't understand how anyone could find this bug appealing in the least. Perhaps if I was a-peeling it off my foot... Hoo hoo!"
The fruit beetle may be found lingering around on the sixth tree to the left in the second room, which is entered at the top or bottom left of the first room.
In City Folk
"Fruit beetles resemble short, squat versions of dynastid beetles. But aren't dynastid beetles a type of fruit beetle? I suppose it's all a popularity contest, in the end..."
It can be found in the top terrace of the bug exhibition, on the second cedar tree from the right.
In New LeafIn New Leaf, an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.
"The fruit beetle has a brilliant-green-colored body and tends to hang around fruit trees. They have a hard outer wing casing and lift this casing when they need to fly using their thin wings. The larvae of fruit beetles feed on decaying vegetable debris and plant roots."
- "I caught an emerald fruit beetle! Pretty iridescent coloring!" —Wild World
- "I caught a fruit beetle! Where's the fruit?" —City Folk
| "These creatures strongly resemble emeralds. Oddly, they fly without using their forewings."|
The fruit beetle resembles many similar beetles, but its Japanese name reveals it is Mimela splendens, known as koganemushi in Japan. It feeds on cherry and related broadleaved trees. They are nocturnal, and their larvae feed on roots.