Dung Beetle

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"Eww... I caught a dung beetle! Shouldn't you be rolling something else?" —Wild World
"I caught a dung beetle! Um... Ew." —City Folk
"I caught a dung beetle! Nah, the joke's just too easy." —New Leaf
Dung Beetle
Dung Beetle NH.png
Scientific name Copris pecuarius
Family Scarabaeidae - Dung Beetles
Time of year March to October (Animal Forest e+)
December to February (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
Time of day 7 PM to 8 AM (Animal Forest e+)
5 PM to 8 AM (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
Location Rolling snowballs (settled snow only)
Size 35 mm
Rarity Rare (Animal Forest e+)
Uncommon (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
Selling price 400 Bells (Animal Forest e+)
800 Bells (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

Dung Beetles (フンコロガシ, Funkorokashi) in the Animal Crossing series are an unspecified species of dung beetle that can only be caught when snow settles in the winter, from early December to late February. They roll snowballs around town, a substitution for the balls of dung that their real-life counterparts roll. They can be sold for 800 Bells. Dung Beetles fly away when approached. In Doubutsu no Mori e+, they will roll balls of any kind around town.

Upon donation to the museum[edit]

In Wild World[edit]

"I say, I've actually heard it said that their dung-rolling is considered endearing! Absolute rubbish. It is a dirty habit. Dung is dirty. There is no refuting it! Hoo... What a world..."

In City Folk[edit]

"These beetles are also known as scarabs and were once revered in some parts of the world. Looking at it now, I must admit there IS something a bit refined about its antennae and legs..."Blathers

After donation, the Dung Beetle can be found rolling a piece of dung in the lower terrace in the smaller dirt circle, sharing the exhibit with the Migratory Locust.

In New Leaf[edit]

Since Blathers does not talk about the bug, the exhibit provides the information as follows:

"Dung beetles are famous for the exact thing you'd assume they're famous for. In fact, they use their namesake both as a source of food and a place to lay their eggs. Dung beetles are very strong and can roll things 10 times the weight of their bodies. One species can even pull objects 1,141 times its weight, which is like a human pulling 6 packed buses!"

Further Information[edit]

A real-life Dung Beetle.

Members of the insect family Scarabaeidae feed almost exclusively on feces and decaying matter. Many species have a good sense of smell. Dung beetles lay their eggs in dung. There are around 30,000 species of scarabaeidae worldwide.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Escarabajo pelotero Ball-Maker Beetle
German Mistkäfer Dung Beetle