Diving beetle

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Artwork of diving beetle
Real-world info
Name: Dytiscus marginalis
Family: Dytiscidae - Predaceous Diving Beetles
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Escarabajo nadador
 Escarabajo nadador

The diving beetle is a bug in the Animal Crossing series. It first appeared in Doubutsu no Mori e+ and have appeared in all subsequent games except Animal Crossing: Wild World. They appear on the surface of bodies of freshwater, occasionally diving under. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it can be caught from late spring to early fall.

Catch details[edit]

In Doubutsu no Mori e+[edit]

Diving beetle
"ゲンゴロウを つかまえた! おしりに あぶくが!?"
Translation: "I caught a diving beetle! Its bottom is bubbling!?"

Time of year[nb 1] May – Sep
Time of day All day
Location On freshwater
Weather Unknown
Selling price  250 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]


Diving beetle
"I caught a diving beetle! I give it a perfect 10!"

Description These are said to have short but strong pincers. Ouch!
Time of year May – Sep
Time of day 8 AM – 5 PM
Peak times N/A
Location On rivers and ponds
Bug size 38 mm
Rarity Very uncommon
Selling price  800 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


Diving beetle
"I caught a diving beetle! It's like I have sonar or something!"

Time of year May – Sep
Time of day 8 AM – 5 PM
Peak times N/A
Location On rivers and ponds
Size 38 mm
Rarity Uncommon
Selling price  800 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]


Diving beetle
"I caught a diving beetle! Now I'm making a splash!"

Time of year North: May – Sep
South: Nov – Mar
Time of day 8 AM – 7 PM
Location On rivers and ponds
Weather Any weather
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 800 Bells
 Flick 1,200 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In City Folk[edit]

If the player donates the diving beetle to the museum, Blathers will make a comment on it.

"While they're marginally less odious as adults...dive beetles are horrific in their larval stage! These wretched youths are twice the size of the adults and wield a large poison barb. Foul villainy! Then again, I suppose the adults aren't much better. They're both completely objectionable, really..."

It can be found in the bottom-left hand enclosure in the insect exhibition, in the small pond.

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon being donated, the beetle can be found in the first room of the bug exhibit swimming in the pond just outside the butterfly house.

"Diving beetles swim using thick, hairy hind legs and clean the water by eating dead insects. They store a supply of air under their wings to breathe underwater and surface to replenish as needed. When they're caught by predators, they release a foul-smelling bluish fluid from their heads in defense."

In New Horizons[edit]

"Ah, the dastardly diving beetle! Famous for its distinctive round shape...and its voracious appetite. This powerful predator uses thick back legs covered in hairs to paddle after its prey. And it uses suction cups on its front legs to grip its quarry for good. My own legs have gone weak thinking about it..."

When donated, the diving beetle can be found swimming in the southwestern water tank of the bug exhibit. It shares this habitat with the pondskater, giant water bug, and some donated fish.


Real-world information[edit]

Adult beetles have streamlined, oval, or football-shaped flattened bodies that are usually 12-25 millimeters (1/8-1 inch) long. Most species are brown to black but some have distinctive patterns of spots, lines, or mottling on the wing covers. They have elongate hairlike antennae. Larvae are not frequently seen and have a long thorax and long legs. The head bears conspicuous large sickle-shaped mandibles without teeth.

Predaceous diving beetles are easily confused with water scavenger beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae). The latter surface for air head first and have a ridge or keel on the underside that runs down the thorax and extends into a point.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ゲンゴロウ
Diving beetle (etymology unknown)

Korean 물방개
Diving beetle

Simplified Chinese 龙虱
Diving beetle (lit. "dragon louse")

Traditional Chinese 龍蝨

Russian Плавунец
Diving beetle

Dutch Waterroofkever "Water predator Beetle"

German Schwimmkäfer "Swimming beetle"

European Spanish Escarabajo Nadador "Swimming beetle"

European French Dytique From family name Dysticidae

Italian Ditisco From family name Dysticidae


  1. All bugs and fish in the first-generation games can appear at a lower spawn rate up to five days before the start of their first month of availability.