"I did it! I caught a stag beetle! I bet he's fun at parties!" —Wild World

The stag beetle (ヒラタクワガタ, Hirata-kuwagata?) is a gray nocturnal stag beetle. Before Wild World, it was known as the flat stag beetle. It is uncommon, though easy to find, and sells for 2,000 Bells. It is found on trees along with its cousins, the Saw Stag Beetle, the Mountain Stag Beetle and the Giant Beetle, and is the most common of these four, especially from 6-8am. In City Folk, it was replaced by the Miyama Stag Beetle.

Donation to the museum

As with all bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the stag beetle can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers. During the donation, he will tell the player a little bit about it.

In Animal Crossing

"They're called beetles, wot? The lugs of the insect world. Insects with armor plating their backs, you know. Their armor, it... opens up, revealing wings. Featherless wings. Which they use to fly! It's really quite unnatural. Then, there's that thin, membrane-like covering where their heads connect to their bodies. Most foul!"

In Wild World

Blather's comment is as follows: When picking up a stag beetle, I would advise you to grab it on it's back side. If your finger got stuck in the brute's pinchers, you'd surely regret it, wot wot!

Capture quotes

"Yes! I caught a flat stag beetle! I have to celebrate! I know! I'll throw a flat-stag party!" —Animal Crossing
Japanese Quotes

「やったー! ヒラタクワガタを 捕まえた! そういえば ひらべったい。」 —Animal Forest e+

"I did it! I caught a flat stag beetle! Now that you mentioned it, it is flat." (translation)

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Stag beetle (Wild World) "During the day, they hide out in trees. Their personality and pinchers are both strong."
Size 66 mm
Time Unknown
Season Summer
Icon Stag beetle (Wild World icon)


Further information


The Hirata Stag Beetle, called hirata-kuwagata (ヒラタクワガタ?) in Japanese, is a variable species, with no two beetles having the same mandible shape.It has many subspecies and is endemic to asia.

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