Bug

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Bugs
NH Museum Insect Exhibit 2-1.jpg
A room in the bug exhibit of the museum in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, containing various butterflies
Series total count:
93 bugs
Count by game
Doubutsu no Mori 32
Animal Crossing 40
Doubutsu no Mori e+ 48
Wild World 56
City Folk 64
New Leaf 72
New Horizons 80
"I caught all the bugs! What do I do with this net now?"
player, Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Bugs, also known as insects, are collectible creatures in the Animal Crossing series that can be caught with a net. They can be donated to the museum (much to the dismay of Blathers), sold, placed in the player's home as a piece of furniture, or, only in New Horizons, given to Flick to create models. Bugs can be found in various locations, including on and inside trees, on the ground, flying, on tree stumps, on flowers, on and underneath rocks, and on freshwater. Most bugs will be scared away if the player gets too close to them, with certain bugs (most notably rarer bugs) being scared away much more easily, requiring the player to slowly approach them with their net.

A large amount of bugs will only emerge during the summer months, and there are very few during the winter months. The most valuable bugs are the giraffe stag, golden stag, and horned hercules, which each sell for 12,000 Bells in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. In all Animal Crossing games, if the player catches every bug, they will receive a golden net, which has a larger radius than the regular net, allowing bugs to be caught more easily.

Appearances[edit]

In Doubutsu no Mori[edit]

See also: List of bugs in Doubutsu no Mori

A total of 32 types of bugs appear in Doubutsu no Mori; however, because there is no museum in the game, they can only be sold or placed as furniture.

In Doubutsu no Mori+ and Animal Crossing[edit]

See also: List of bugs in Doubutsu no Mori+ and Animal Crossing
A player in the bug exhibit of the museum in Animal Crossing

Eight more bugs were introduced in Doubutsu no Mori+ and later Animal Crossing, making for a total of 40. Bugs new to the series include the ant, bagworm, mosquito, mole cricket, pill bug, pond skater, snail, and spider. Additionally, bugs can now be donated to the museum. If the player catches all 40 bugs, they will be gifted a golden net by Tortimer and a butterfly ornament will appear on their house.

In Doubutsu no Mori e+[edit]

See also: List of bugs in Doubutsu no Mori e+

Doubutsu no Mori e+ introduces another eight bugs to the series, including the coconut crab, crab, diving beetle, dung beetle, flea, hercules beetle (later known as the horned hercules), hermit crab, and Alexandra's swallowtail butterfly.

In Wild World[edit]

See also: List of bugs in Wild World

Nineteen more bugs make their first appearance in Animal Crossing: Wild World, while eleven do not return from Doubutsu no Mori e+, making for a total of 56. Bugs new to the series include the agrias butterfly, atlas beetle, elephant beetle, emperor, fly, fruit beetle, goliath beetle, honeybee, lantern fly, monarch, moth, oak silk moth, peacock, rainbow stag, scarab beetle, scorpion, tarantula, and walkingstick. Bugs that did not return from the previous game include the bagworm, common dragonfly, coconut crab, crab, diving beetle, drone beetle, hermit crab, ladybug (not to be confused with the spotted ladybug, which does return and is renamed to ladybug), mountain beetle, pine cricket, and purple butterfly. Additionally, Alexandra's swallowtail butterfly has been given the localized name birdwing, and the flat stag beetle has been renamed simply to stag beetle. Like in the previous games, if the player catches all 56 bugs, they will be gifted a golden net by Tortimer.

A bug-catching event known as the Bug-Off is introduced in Wild World, occurring on the third Sunday of June, July, August, and September. During the event players are tasked with catching bugs and bringing them to Tortimer, the host of the event, who will score them based on size and rarity. The ultimate goal is to obtain a higher score than the competing villagers before the event ends at 6:00 PM. If the player reaches third, second, or first place, they will receive a bronze, silver, or gold trophy respectively.

In City Folk[edit]

See also: List of bugs in City Folk
Nat during a Bug-Off in City Folk

Eight more bugs make their debut in Animal Crossing: City Folk, with two not returning from Wild World and two returning from Doubutsu no Mori e+, making for a total of 64. Bugs new to the series include the centipede, cyclommatus, golden stag, miyama stag, giant petaltail, Raja Brooke butterfly, violin beetle, and walking leaf. The bagworm, diving beetle, and mountain beetle (renamed to miyama stag) return after being absent from Wild World, while the cockroach and stag beetle do not return from Wild World. Like in the previous games, if the player catches all 64 bugs, they will be gifted a golden net by Tortimer.

The Bug-Off returns from Wild World and is largely unchanged aside from it now being hosted by Nat and occurring on the third Saturday of June, July, August, and September.

In New Leaf[edit]

See also: List of bugs in New Leaf
The bug section of the encyclopedia in New Leaf

All 64 bugs from City Folk return in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, along with seven new bugs, and one, the hermit crab, returning from Doubutsu no Mori e+, making for a total of 72 bugs. The bugs introduced in New Leaf are the cicada shell, giant cicada, rice grasshopper, stinkbug, tiger beetle, and wharf roach. Additionally, the following bugs had their names changed since City Folk:

  • atlas beetle → horned atlas
  • birdwing → birdwing butterfly
  • cyclommatus → cyclommatus stag
  • elephant beetle → horned elephant
  • emperor → emperor butterfly
  • hercules beetle → horned hercules
  • peacock → peacock butterfly
  • walkingstick → walking stick.

The Bug-Off once again returns and is identical to City Folk aside from new prizes, items from the Insect Set. If the player speaks to Nat during a Bug-Off after catching all 72 bugs, he will reward them with the golden net.

In New Horizons[edit]

See also: List of bugs in New Horizons
The bug section of the Critterpedia in New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons introduces eleven new bugs to the series, with five not returning from New Leaf and one, the purple butterfly (renamed to great purple emperor) returning from Doubutsu no Mori e+, for a total of 80 bugs. Bugs new to the series include the Atlas moth, Blue Weevil Beetle, damselfly, earth-boring dung beetle, giant water bug, giraffe stag, Madagascan sunset moth, man-faced stink bug, paper kite butterfly, rosalia batesi beetle. The bugs that have not returned from New Leaf are the fruit beetle, house centipede, lantern fly, oak silk moth, and petaltail dragonfly. Additionally, the bee has been renamed to wasp, the birdwing butterfly to Queen Alexandra's birdwing, and Rajah Brooke butterfly to Rajah Brooke's birdwing. If the player catches all 80 bugs, they will be sent a letter from the Farway Museum containing the golden net DIY recipe.

A special character introduced in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is Flick, a visitor who can create models of bugs in exchange for three of a specific bug. He can also purchase bugs from the player for 1.5× their regular selling price.

Flick is now the host of the Bug-Off, which has been overhauled since New Leaf. Players are now tasked with catching as many bugs as possible within three minutes, which can be repeated until the end of the event. Flick will reward the player with points based on how many bugs are caught per round, which can be exchanged for bug-themed furniture, clothing, or tools. Additionally, bugs can be sold to Flick during a Bug-Off for his usual 1.5× bonus.

List of bugs[edit]

The following is a list of every bug in the Animal Crossing series and each game they appeared in.

Bugs in the Animal Crossing series
Name Image Game
DnM DnM+/AC DnMe+ ACWW ACCF ACNL ACNH
Banded dragonfly Banded Dragonfly NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Bell cricket Bell Cricket NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Brown cicada Brown Cicada NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Citrus long-horned beetle Citrus Long-Horned Beetle NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Cockroach Cockroach WW Inv Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Common butterfly Common Butterfly NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Cricket Cricket NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Darner dragonfly Darner Dragonfly NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Drone beetle Drone Beetle NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACNH 
Evening cicada Evening Cicada NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Firefly Firefly NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Giant Stag Giant Stag NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Grasshopper Grasshopper NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Great Purple Emperor Great Purple Emperor NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACNH 
Horned Dynastid Horned Dynastid NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Jewel Beetle Jewel Beetle NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Ladybug Ladybug NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Long Locust Long Locust NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Mantis Mantis NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Migratory Locust Migratory Locust NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Miyama Stag Miyama Stag NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Pine Cricket Pine Cricket PG Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Red Dragonfly Red Dragonfly NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Robust Cicada Robust Cicada NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Saw Stag Saw Stag NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Stag Beetle Stag Beetle WW Inv Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Tiger Butterfly Tiger Butterfly NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Walker Cicada Walker Cicada NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Wasp Wasp NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
White-Tailed Skimmer White-Tailed Skimmer PC Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Yellow butterfly Yellow Butterfly NH Icon.png
Bug
DnM 
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Ant Ant NH Icon.png
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Bagworm Bagworm NH Icon.png
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Mole Cricket Mole Cricket NH Icon.png
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Mosquito Mosquito NH Icon.png
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Pill Bug Pill Bug NH Icon.png
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Pondskater Pondskater NH Icon.png
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Snail Snail NH Icon.png
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Spider Spider NH Icon.png
Bug
AC 
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Coconut crab Coconut Crab DnMe+ Icon.png
Bug
DnMe+ 
Crab Crab DnMe+ Icon.png
Bug
DnMe+ 
Diving beetle Diving Beetle NH Icon.png
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Dung beetle Dung Beetle NH Icon.png
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Flea Flea NH Icon.png
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Hermit Crab Hermit Crab NH Icon.png
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Horned Hercules Horned Hercules NH Icon.png
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Queen Alexandra's birdwing Queen Alexandra's Birdwing NH Icon.png
Bug
DnMe+ 
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Agrias butterfly Agrias Butterfly NH Icon.png
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Emperor butterfly Emperor Butterfly NH Icon.png
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Fly Fly NH Icon.png
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Fruit Beetle Fruit Beetle NL Icon.png
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Goliath Beetle Goliath Beetle NH Icon.png
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Honeybee Honeybee NH Icon.png
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Horned Atlas Horned Atlas NH Icon.png
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Horned Elephant Horned Elephant NH Icon.png
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Lantern Fly Lantern Fly NL Icon.png
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Monarch Butterfly Monarch Butterfly NH Icon.png
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Moth Moth NH Icon.png
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Oak Silk Moth Oak Silk Moth NL Icon.png
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Orchid Mantis Orchid Mantis NH Icon.png
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Peacock Butterfly Peacock Butterfly NH Icon.png
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Rainbow Stag Rainbow Stag NH Icon.png
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Scarab Beetle Scarab Beetle NH Icon.png
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Scorpion Scorpion NH Icon.png
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Tarantula Tarantula NH Icon.png
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Walking Stick Walking Stick NH Icon.png
Bug
ACWW 
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Centipede Centipede NH Icon.png
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Cyclommatus stag Cyclommatus Stag NH Icon.png
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Golden Stag Golden Stag NH Icon.png
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Petaltail Dragonfly Petaltail Dragonfly NL Icon.png
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Rajah Brooke's birdwing Rajah Brooke's Birdwing NH Icon.png
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Violin Beetle Violin Beetle NH Icon.png
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Walking Leaf Walking Leaf NH Icon.png
Bug
ACCF 
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Cicada shell Cicada Shell NH Icon.png
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Giant Cicada Giant Cicada NH Icon.png
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
House Centipede House Centipede NL Icon.png
Bug
ACNL 
Rice Grasshopper Rice Grasshopper NH Icon.png
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Stinkbug Stinkbug NH Icon.png
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Tiger Beetle Tiger Beetle NH Icon.png
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Wharf roach Wharf Roach NH Icon.png
Bug
ACNL 
Bug
ACNH 
Atlas moth Atlas Moth NH Icon.png
Bug
ACNH 
Blue weevil beetle Blue Weevil Beetle NH Icon.png
Bug
ACNH 
Common bluebottle Common Bluebottle NH Icon.png
Bug
ACNH 
Damselfly Damselfly NH Icon.png
Bug
ACNH 
Earth-boring dung beetle Earth-Boring Dung Beetle NH Icon.png
Bug
ACNH 
Giant Water Bug Giant Water Bug NH Icon.png
Bug
ACNH 
Giraffe Stag Giraffe Stag NH Icon.png
Bug
ACNH 
Madagascan Sunset Moth Madagascan Sunset Moth NH Icon.png
Bug
ACNH 
Man-Faced Stink Bug Man-Faced Stink Bug NH Icon.png
Bug
ACNH 
Paper Kite Butterfly Paper Kite Butterfly NH Icon.png
Bug
ACNH 
Rosalia Batesi Beetle Rosalia Batesi Beetle NH Icon.png
Bug
ACNH 

Availability[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • In November 2021, Nintendo revealed in a fourth-anniversary tweet for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp that a total of 16.8 billion bugs had been caught by all players combined between the game's launch and its fourth anniversary.[1]

References[edit]

  1. @Pocket_Camp on Twitter (November 17, 2021). Archived from the original on November 18, 2021. Retrieved November 29, 2021.


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