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The violin beetle, Mormolyce phyllodes, is a bug that was introduced in City Folk. In City Folk and New Leaf, 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. In New Horizons, they first appear in May and June. They reappear during September through November. During the times that violin beetles appear, they can be found all day. They are uncommon and very easy to scare. In New Leaf, it is not possible to catch one on the island because it is not found during July and August.

They can be found on tree stumps of regular, cedar, and palm trees when such trees are cut down with an Axe.

Capture quotes

"I caught a violin beetle! And the world's tiniest violin plays a sad song." —City Folk
"I caught a violin beetle! But how do I tune it?" —New Leaf
"I caught a violin beetle! Apparently I'm as fit as a fiddle." —New Horizons

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!"

 In New Horizons

When either donating to the museum or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):

"The violin beetle gets its name from its shape. That is, SOME think it, resembles the stringed instrument. If you ask me, this is an insult to violins! With its flat body and small head, the violin beetle looks like nothing but a repulsive bug, plain and simple. In fact it is so repulsive, it oozes a foul liquid when frightened! Ugh! This insect strikes a sour note indeed."

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

New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information
NH-violin beetle
"I caught a violin beetle! Apparently I'm as fit as a fiddle."
Current Active Hours All day
Months active (north) May-June, September - November
Months active (south)


Further information

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Main article: Mormolyce phyllodes on Wikipedia

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.

In other languages

Violin beetle
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese バイオリンムシ Baiorinmushi
Flag of France small French Mormolyce
Flag of Spain Spanish Escarabajo violín
Flag of Germany small German Geigenkäfer
Flag of Italy small Italian Carabo violino
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Vioolkever
Flagofrussiasmall Russian Листовидная жужелица Listovidnaya zhuzhelitsa
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 提琴虫/提琴蟲 Tíqínchóng
Flag of South Korea Korean 바이올린벌레 Baiollinbeolle

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