Fruit Beetle

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"I caught an emerald fruit beetle! Pretty iridescent coloring!" —Wild World
Fruit Beetle
Fruit Beetle NL.png
Real-world info
Name: Cotinis mutabilis
Family: Scarabaeidae
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages
 escarabajo verde
 escarabajo verde

The Fruit Beetle (コガネムシ, Koganemushi) is a very common, small, metallic green beetle found on fruit and non-fruit trees at any time of the day, between July and September. It can be sold for 100 Bells. It first appeared in Animal Crossing: Wild World and re-appeared in Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It resembles the yellow Scarab Beetle.

Catch details[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Fruit Beetle WW Sprite.png    ''These creatures strongly resemble emeralds. Oddly, they fly without using their forewings."
  • Size- 23 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time-

In City Folk[edit]


Fruit Beetle
"I caught a fruit beetle! Where's the fruit?"

Description Unlike others in this group, these metal-looking bugs fly without their front wings.
Time of year Jul – Sep
Time of day Jul – Aug:
All day
7 PM - 8 AM
Peak times N/A
Location Shaking trees
Bug size 23 mm
Rarity Uncommon
Selling price  100 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


Fruit Beetle
"I caught a fruit beetle! Orange you glad I did?"

Time of year Jul - Sep
All year (Tortimer Island)
Time of day Jul - Aug:
All day
7 PM - 8 AM
Peak times Aug:
5 PM - 4 AM
Location On trees (any kind) (can be found on Tortimer Island)
Size 20 mm
Rarity Common
Selling price  100 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Fruit Beetle

Event availability None
Location Sunburst Island
Size 17.5 mm - 22.4 mm
Catch rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling price  10 Bells
Request reward  100 Bells
2 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points

Donating to the museum[edit]

Upon donation of the Fruit Beetle to the museum, Blathers will comment on it. In New Leaf, instead of opining about the donation, he posts information in the Fruit Beetle's exhibit.

In Wild World[edit]

"Just because they are considered pretty, these tend to fetch a high price. I simply don't understand how anyone could find this bug appealing in the least. Perhaps if I was peeling it off my foot... Hoo hoo!"

It can be found in the second room of the insect exhibit on the sixth tree to the left.

In City Folk[edit]

"Fruit beetles resemble short, squat versions of dynastid beetles. But aren't dynastid beetles a type of fruit beetle? I suppose it's all a popularity contest, in the end..."

It can be found in the top terrace of the insect exhibition, on the second cedar tree from the right.

In New Leaf[edit]

The Fruit Beetle can be found on a tree on the right side of the upper right room of the insect section.

"The fruit beetle has a brilliant-green-colored body and tends to hang around fruit trees. They have a hard outer wing casing and lift this casing when they need to fly using their thin wings. The larvae of fruit beetles feed on decaying vegetable debris and plant roots."

Real-world information[edit]

The fruit beetle can be found in both Japan and the northeastern United States. It is also known as the Japanese Beetle. As larvae, they have six legs, and when resting form a C-shape. While in the game they are found on trees, they are actually found on flowers. Their favorite fruits are figs and peaches, and they also enjoy eating flowers. They are considered a pest insect in gardens, as they tend to infest flowers such as lilies. They make a chirping sound, which sounds similar to the noise that bees make.


Names in other languages[edit]

German Smaragdkäfer Emerald Beetle

European French Nitidule Fruit Beetle

Italian Maggiolino Fruit Beetle