Goliath beetle
ゴライアスオオツノハナムグリ Goraiasuootsunohanamuguri
Goliath beetle encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
On palm trees 6,000 Bells
Size Available in rain
90 mm Yes
Time of year Time of day
June to September, March to December (island) 5pm to 8am (Peak from 11pm to 8am)
Scientific name Goliathus goliatus
Family Scarabaeidae
Appearances WW, CF, NL , PC
Rarity Scarce (★★★★)
Regional names Flag of France small Scarabée Goliath
Flag of Germany small Goliathkäfer
Flag of Italy small Scarabeo Golia
Flag of Spain Escarabajo Goliat
"I caught a goliath beetle! Hah! He doesn't look so big." —New Leaf

The goliath beetle (ゴライアスオオツノハナムグリ, Goraiasuootsunohanamuguri?) is a bug found on palm trees during the summer months in the evening. It sells for a price of 6,000 Bells and is marginally more common than other palm tree beetles.

They are the least skittish of the palm tree beetles. The player can easily approach one at full walk speed and snatch it with a net, but lingering around at full walk speed will eventually scare it away.

Donation to the museum

Upon donation to the Museum, Blathers the curator will say:

In Wild World

"Horned beetles are said to be the largest of the beetle families, wot? Indeed, in some regions, this is the largest beetle on record. It certainly has the largest repulsiveness quota. Hardly something to brag about..."

After donation, the goliath beetle can be found at the top of the palm tree on the right in the exhibit on the left of the first room of the bug area.

In City Folk

"Goliath beetles are a variety of fruit beetle with a very long scientific name. As stands to reason, given their name, these beetles are incredibly strong. Beyond that morsel of knowledge, I know little, because they utterly REPULSE me..."

It can be found in the middle terrace on the lonely palm tree to the right of the exhibit.

In New Leaf


A goliath beetle in New Leaf.

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

"Goliath beetles, named after the legendary giant, are among the largest insects in the world. The larvae can weigh four ounces or more. Once mature, they are only half that weight, however. They spend their days flying from tree to tree to feed on tree sap or fruits."

Capture quotes

"I caught a goliath Beetle! It's... GOLIATH!" —Wild World
"I caught a goliath beetle! GOOOOOOOOOLIATH!" —City Folk

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Goliath beetle (Wild World) "The largest of its kind, they're also good fliers."
Size 11 cm
Time Warm nights
Season Summer
Icon Goliath beetle (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Goliath Beetle (City Folk)
"The largest of its kind in the world, these can fly like birds."
Size About 10 cm
Time Night-Morning
Season Summer

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Goliath beetle encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a goliath beetle! Hah! He doesn't look so big."
Size 119 mm
Time Night-Morning
Season Summer


Further information


A Goliath Beetle

Goliathus goliatus, also known as Goliathus giganteus, and the other five members of the genus Goliathus are all native to Africa, primarily around the equatorial tropics. Unlike other scarab beetles in the subfamily of Cetoniinae (the flower scarabs), it requires a high protein diet as a larva. In captivity the larvae are best raised on cat or dog food alongside dried leaves. Like its relatives, adults prefer to feed on sugar-rich fluids like tree sap and the juice from fruits. As in other horned scarabaeid beetles, only the males possess the tiny horns. Additionally, females have shorter, rectangular heads.

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