Earth-boring dung beetle

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Not to be confused with Dung beetle.

Artwork of earth-boring dung beetle
Real-world info
Name: Phelotrupes auratus
Family: Geotrupidae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Escarabajo geotrúpido
 Escarabajo geotrúpido
 Echte mestkever

The earth-boring dung beetle is a bug in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It can be found on the ground from mid summer to early fall.

Catch details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]


Earth-boring dung beetle
"I caught an earth-boring dung beetle! It's not boring at all!"

Time of year North: Jul – Sep
South: Jan – Mar
Time of day All day
Location On the ground
Weather Any weather
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 300 Bells
 Flick 450 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]

Blathers has this to say about the earth-boring dung beetle:

"Earth-boring dung beetles are considered quite handsome by some, thanks to their metallic luster. In fact, some even think them to be good omens and bringers of favorable fortune. But I must protest! These field- ravaging pests love to burrow under piles of dung and lay their eggs. They raise their young under DUNG! Need I say more? Ick. I think not."

When donated, it is found near the entrance of the exhibit, crawling around on the ground between the two trees holding the wasp and bagworm.


Real-world information[edit]

The earth-boring dung beetles (Geotrupidae) are medium-sized beetles with 600 known species worldwide. The majority of the species feeds on dung or decaying plant matter. A few species are herbivorous. Many of the species exhibit brood care behavior by digging tunnels, which are used to store dung balls as food for their developing larvae. When earth-boring dung beetles do carry or roll the dung away, they do so primarily to feed their young. Most prefer to feed on herbivore droppings, which are largely undigested plant matter, rather than carnivore waste, which holds very little nutritional value for insects.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese オオセンチコガネ
Large geotrupid (lit. "large snow-hiding scarab")

Korean 보라금풍뎅이
Purple geotrupid

Simplified Chinese 雪隐金龟
xuěyǐn jīn'guī
"Snow-hiding scarab", from Japanese name

Russian Навозник-землерой

Dutch Echte mestkever Geotrupid (lit. "true dung beetle")

German Gold-Mistkäfer Gold dung beetle

European Spanish Escarabajo geotrúpido Geotrupid beetle

European French Geotrupidae

Quebec French Géotrupe From family name

Italian Geotrupidae