- "Yippee! I caught a miyama stag! Glad I overcame my stag fright!" —New Leaf
The miyama stag (ミヤマクワガタ, Miyama kuwagata?) is a bug found only in City Folk, New Leaf and New Horizons. Prior to New Leaf, it was known as the miyama stag beetle. It is a beetle that appears between the months of July and August, and sells for a reasonable 1,000 Bells.
Donation to the museum
In City Folk
"With its thick, bumpy, armorlike exoskeleton, the Miyama stag beetle is quite popular with children. However, the truth is, this beetle is fragile enough to perish from injuries we'd usually consider minor. Indeed, it appears this beetle suffers from a case of rather too much bark and too little bite."
It can be found on the back terrace of the bug exhibit, on the third tree from the right.
In New Leaf
In New Leaf an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.
"Miyama stags look strong, with their thick, bumpy exoskeletons and yellow hair covering their bodies. They're active during the day but really don't prefer the heat during the summer. Contrary to their appearance, they are rather delicate insects, so be sure to handle with care."
In New Horizons
In New Horizons, upon donation or selecting "Tell me about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):
"The miyama stag has protusions on its head that resemble ears... And yet, the ugly lumps are not ears! It is, however, called a "stag" beetle because of the large, deer-like horns upon its head. And the word "miyama" in its name means "deep mountain" in Japanese. Feel free to call it what you like. I will simply call it DISGUSTING. "Disgusting stag beetle" does have a ring."
- "Yippee! I caught a Miyama stag beetle! I beat the beetle!" —City Folk
- "I caught a miyama stag! Its mandibles are jaw-dropping!" —New Horizons
The Miyama stag is popular among children in Japan to play with, because the males are largely harmless (the antlers are so large that it cannot bite unless you put your fingers directly in its jaws), and it does not mind being touched. As stated in the "Bugs and Fish" window in City Folk (also known as Encyclopedia), it has a distinctive shape of head, and although it looks strong, it is in fact quite delicate, which maybe why it is popular with children. It is found in mountainous areas in northern Japan, as well as natural forests.
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