Jewel Beetle

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"Wow! It's a...jewel beetle! It's gorgeous! (I wonder how much I can get for it...)" —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"I caught a jewel beetle! Look at that sparkle!" —Wild World
"I caught a jewel beetle! Ooh... Sparkly!" —City Folk
"I caught a jewel beetle! A real diamond in the rough!" —New Leaf
Jewel Beetle
JewelBeetle.jpg
Scientific name Chrysochroa fulgidissima
Family Buprestidae - Jewel Beetles
Time of year July to August
Time of day 8am to 4pm
Location On trees
Size 35 mm
Rarity Rare
Selling price 3,000 Bells (Animal Forest, Animal Crossing)
2,400 Bells (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
Appearances Dōbutsu no Mori,
Dōbutsu no Mori +,
Animal Crossing,
Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf

The jewel beetle (タマムシ, Tamamushi) is a small insect found on trees. It is greenish in color.

Donating to the Museum

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

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

Upon donation to the museum, the jewel beetle can be found in the upper right room of the Insect section. The exhibit has this to say about the jewel beetle:

"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."

Encyclopedia Information

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

Wild World

Jewel Beetle (Wild World).gif ''Birds hate their coloring."
  • Size- 35 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Afternoon

City Folk

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


Further Information

A real life jewel beetle

The beetle (Chrysochroa fulgidissima) is a buprestid native to Japan and is known as Tamamushi in Japanese. Due to its iridescence, the true color of the bug can be difficult to determine, which is the basis of the expression tamamushi-iro in Japanese. It is used to refer to vague or unclear statements given by a politician. Metallic colors in beetles may not be due to pigments but rather how the structure of surface of the exoskeleton refracts light. These features have on rare occasions been preserved in fossils, some as old as 50 million years, as explained here.


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