"I caught a jewel beetle! A real diamond in the rough!" —New Leaf

The jewel beetle (タマムシ, Tamamushi?) is a small, uncommon bug found on trees. It is a bright, shining green. In the GCN games it cannot be found during rain.

Donation to the museum

As with all bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the jewel beetle can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers, who will give a small speech on it.


Jewel Beetle in Animal Forest e+.

In Animal Crossing

Blathers speech is as follows:

"The incredible jewel-like iridescence, it's so... So very... It's just so very... nauseating. Yes, that's it."

In Wild World

"I am a nocturnal creature, so this color is rather a bit too bright for me...There's also the fact that I abhor bugs to consider. Blech! Loathsome thing..."

In City Folk

Blathers speech is as follows:

"The Japanese name for the jewel beetle inspired their word for iridescence. Makes sense, I suppose... Since the beetles keep their color after death, it's said their bodies were worn as jewelry long ago. Do you suppose they left the legs and antennae on the bodies when they wore them? ...Blech."

The jewel beetle can be found in the top-most section of the Museum, to the far left, on the same tree as the Rainbow Stag (the tree closest to the light on that side).

In New Leaf

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

"Jewel beetles are very pretty insects that show a red line on their green bodies when refracting light. They're so pretty that it's believed people used them for craftwork a long time ago. Their shiny wings are easy to notice, but birds have a hard time targeting them. This is because birds aren't very good at seeing things that change color in different lights."

In New Horizons

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

"The green shimmer of the jewel beetle's wings is nothing short of nauseating...yes? No? Well, so says you. Though...jewel beetles were once prized by collectors who turned their iridescent wings into pretty jewelry. Why would anyone want to wear bug parts on their body is beyond me. Fashion foul indeed."

Capture quotes

"Wow! It's a...jewel beetle! It's gorgeous! (I wonder how much I can get for it....)" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a jewel beetle! Look at that sparkle!" —Wild World
"I caught a jewel beetle! Ooh... Sparkly!" —City Folk
Japanese Quotes

「わー! これはーーー! タマムシだー!!! むっちゃキレ~イ♥」 —Dōbutsu no Mori e+

"Wow! This...! It's a jewel beetle!!! So pretty...♥" —Dōbutsu no Mori e+ (translation)

Encyclopedia information

When the player has caught the jewel beetle, they can find information about it in the bug menu. Below is the information regarding the jewel beetle:

Animal Forest

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Jewel beetle (Wild World) "Birds hate their coloring."
Size 35 mm
Time Afternoon
Season Summer
Icon Jewel beetle (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Jewel Beetle (City Folk)
"As their name states, these look like jewels. Birds do not like their color."
Size About 35 mm
Time Noon
Season Summer

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Jewel beetle encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a jewel beetle! A real diamond in the rough!"
Size 36 mm
Time Morning-Evening
Season Summer

Further information

Main article: Chrysochroa fulgidissima on Wikipedia

A real life jewel beetle.

The jewel beetle featured in Animal Crossing series is the Japanese jewel beetle. Due to its iridescence and colorful appearance, it lends its Japanese name, 玉虫 tamamushi to the expression 玉虫色 tamamushi iro - jewel beetle color - referring to a statement that could be interpreted in multiple different ways. The bug is found in forests and trees during the summer, and typically grows to between 30 and 40 mm in length.

In other languages

Jewel beetle
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese タマムシ Tamamushi
Flag of France small French Bupreste
Flag of Spain Spanish Escarabajo joya
Flag of Germany small German Prachtkäfer
Flag of Italy small Italian Stigmodera
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Kikkervisje
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 吉丁虫 Jídīngchóng
Flag of South Korea Korean 비단벌레 Bidanbeolle

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