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
Dung Beetle
Dung Beetle NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Copris pecuarius
Family: Scarabaeidae - Dung Beetles
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese フンコロガシ
Simplified Chinese 蜣螂
French Bousier
Spanish Escarabajo pelotero
Italian Scarabeo stercorario
Russian Жук-навозник

Korean 쇠똥구리
Traditional Chinese 糞金龜
Quebec French Bousier
Latin American Spanish Escarabajo pelotero
German Mistkäfer
Dutch Mestkever

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 prior to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, in which they are worth 3,000 bells. They cannot be caught on another player's island in New Horizons, since snowballs and snowmen temporarily vanish while the airport gates are open. Dung Beetles fly away when approached. In Doubutsu no Mori e+, they will roll balls of any kind around town.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Dung Beetle
"I caught a dung beetle! Nah, the joke's just too easy."

Time of Year Dec - Feb
Time of Day 5 PM - 8 AM
Peak Times N/A
Location Pushing snowballs
Size 33 mm
Rarity Rare
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 800 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]


Dung Beetle
"I caught a dung beetle! This species likes feces!"

Time of Year North: Dec – Feb
South: Jun – Aug
Time of Day All day
Location Pushing snowballs
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 3000 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4500 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

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!"

In New Horizons[edit]

"What can I say? The aptly-named dung beetle feeds on the feces of animals. Hoo! You heard right! This putrid pest rolls up balls of dung...and then rolls them away to dine on at a later date. As if that weren't atrocious enough, some dung beetles lay their eggs in the feces too! What a dreadful place to raise the young."

When donated, it is found in the large desert sand tank alongside the Scorpion in the back room of the bug exhibit, next to the tarantula tank.

Real-world 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]

Japanese フンコロガシ
Dung beetle

Korean 쇠똥구리
Dung beetle

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
蜣螂 / 糞金龜
qiāngláng / fěnjīn'guī
Dung beetle

Russian Жук-навозник
Dung beetle

Dutch Mestkever Dung beetle

German Mistkäfer Dung beetle

European Spanish Escarabajo pelotero lit. "ball-maker beetle"

European French Bousier lit. "ball-maker"

Italian Scarabeo stercorario lit. "dung scarab"