|Scarabaeidae - Scarab Beetles |
|Months available||July to August |
All year (New Leaf - on Tortimer Island)
|Times available||7 PM to 8 AM (Wild World) |
5 PM to 8 AM (City Folk New Leaf, New Horizons)
|Location||On palm trees|
|Rarity||Uncommon (New Leaf - on Tortimer Island) |
Rare (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf - in town)
Very rare (New Horizons)
|Sell price||8,000 Bells|
|Name in other languages|
The Horned Elephant (known as the Elephant Beetle prior to New Leaf) is a rare bug in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: Wild World. It is a large, dark-yellow beetle found on palm trees during the summer at night, between the months of July and August (all year in Tortimer Island in New Leaf) and the times 5 PM to 8 AM, and it sells for 8,000 Bells.
In New Leaf
- Available all year on Tortimer Island
In New Horizons
Donating to the museum
In Wild World
"I wonder what elephant beetles were called before there were elephants? No, wait, I don't wonder! I don't even care! Hoo hoo! Well, moving on..."
In City Folk
"True to its namesake, the elephant beetle is among the heaviest of all the dynastid beetles. As you might imagine, with parents that big, the babies are also accordingly huge. About the size of your fist! Such foulness! Just think of those monstrous larvae! The horror of it all!"
In New Leaf
After donation, an information board in the insect exhibit will display a description of the Horned Elephant.
"Horned elephants are some of the heaviest dynastid beetles in the world. The thin yellow hair that covers their bodies makes them rather attractive to mates and collectors. Their horns resemble an elephant raising its trunk, which is how they got their name. They're already big in their larval stage, but by their pupal stage, they are the size of a person's hand."
In New Horizons
When donating to the museum, Blathers will say the following:
"The horned elephant beetle certainly lives up to its namesake. Not only does the horn on its head resemble the trunk of an elephant...It is also one of the heaviest beetles in the world! Size aside, allow me to reveal the real reason I find horned elephant beetles so repugnant... Their back are covered in a fine coat of hair! Hirsute beetles! Hoot! The horror!"
The elephant beetle is a type of Scarab beetle that can grow between 7 to 12 centimetres (2.75 to 4.75 inches) in length; males are sometimes bigger and can grow around 2 to 3 times bigger than the females. Living in the rain-forests of South America, as well as Central America and southern Mexico, these beetles are mainly active at night and mainly feed on sap, bark, and ripened fallen fruit. Elephant beetle larvae develop in large decaying logs and take up to 3 years to develop into adult beetles. The lifespan of these beetles is around 1 to 3 months. However, elephant beetle populations have been depleting by the destruction of the rain-forests, which has reduced their grounds for mating.
More information on this topic is available at Wikipedia.
Names in other languages