Violin beetle
バイオリンムシ Baiorinmushi
#39 #43
Location Price
On tree stumps 250 Bells
260 Bells (NL)
Size Available in rain
40 mm Unknown
Time of year Time of day
June, September to November 4am to 7pm (June)
4am to 5pm (Sept-Oct)
8am to 5pm (Nov)
Scientific name Mormolyce phyllodes
Family Carabidae - Ground Beetles
Appearances CF, NL
Rarity Uncommon (★★★)
Regional names Flag of France small Mormolyce
Flag of Germany small Laufkäfer
Flag of Italy small Carabo violino
Flag of Spain Escarabajo violín
"I caught a violin beetle! But how do I tune it?" —New Leaf

The violin beetle (バイオリンムシ, Baiorinmushi?) is a bug that was introduced in City Folk. They first appear in June, between 4am and 7pm. They reappear September and October, from 4am to 5pm, up until the end of November. During November they can be found 8am to 5pm. They can be found on tree stumps of regular, cedar, and palm trees when such trees are cut down with an Axe. They are uncommon and very easy to scare.

In New Leaf, the violin beetle returns. It is not possible to catch one on the island as it is not found during July and August.

Donation to the museum

In City Folk

Upon donating to the Museum, Blathers the will say this:

"I've heard this bug got its name because its body resembles a violin... I'm not so sure though. All slick and black and shiny... If you were to ask me, it looks rather more like an awful locust..."

The violin beetle can be found on the tree stump, located on the middle level of the bug section.

In New Leaf

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

"As the name indicates, these bugs resemble violins. They're very thin and roughly five mm thick. They stay on top of fungi on trees and prey upon small bugs that happen by. When predators come near, violin beetles emit a noxious fluid to protect themselves. The fluid is toxic and can be painful if it touches your hands or eyes, so be careful!"

Capture quotes

"I caught a violin beetle! And the world's tiniest violin plays a sad song." —City Folk

Encyclopedia information

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Violin Beetle (City Folk)
"These resemble violins--hence the name. They are so thin, they fit in wood gaps."
Size About 40mm
Time Morning-Night
Season Fall

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a violin beetle! But how do I tune it?"
Size 49.7 mm
Time Morning-Evening
Season Fall


Further information

Real Violin.JPG

Violin beetles are beetles that range from brown to black to white. They are found in southeastern Asia and get their name from their resemblance to the instrument; the violin. Violin beetles eat insects, fungus, and wood, and range from 3-6 centimeters long. Although they look powerful, as time goes on, their wings fuse together, rendering them useless.

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