Violin Beetle

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"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
Violin Beetle
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Scientific name Mormolyce phyllodes
Family Carabidae - Ground Beetles
Time of year June, September to November
Time of day 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. (June)
4am to 5pm (Sept-Oct)
8am to 5pm (Nov)
Location On tree stumps
Size 40 mm
Rarity Uncommon
Selling price 250 Bells (City Folk)
260 Bells (New Leaf)
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Violin Beetle (バイオリンムシ, Baiorin mushi) is an insect that appears in Animal Crossing: City Folk and in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. They appear first in June, between 4am and 7pm. They reappear in September and October, from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m., and then disappear in November, when they can be found from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. They can be found on tree stumps of regular and cedar trees, and are uncommon.

Donating to the museum

As with all insects in the Animal Crossing series, the Violin Beetle can be donated to the museum followed by a small talk by Blathers.

In City Folk

After the player has donated a Violin Beetle to the museum, Blathers will say this:

"I've heard this bug got is 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 insect section.

In New Leaf

Upon being donated, the beetle can be found in the left-hand back room of the bug exhibit, sharing a large tree stump with the Longhorn Beetle. The exhibit has this to say about the Violin Beetle:

"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!"

Further information

According to the in-game encyclopedia, "These resemble violins-- hence the name. They are so thin, they fit in wood gaps."

Mormolyce phyllodes, commonly known as the violin beetle, is a species of ground beetles in the subfamily Lebiinae. These beetles possess a flat leaf-shaped, shiny black or brown body with distinctive violin-shaped translucent elytra (hence the common name). This characteristic mimicry protects them against predators, while their flat shaped body allow them to dwell in soil cracks or under the bark and leaves of trees.

Both adults and larvae are predators, feeding on insect larvae. For defense purposes, they secrete the poisonous butyric acid.

Names in other languages

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