Scarab Beetle

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"I caught a scarab beetle! It looks like a jewel!" —Wild World
Scarab Beetle
Scarab Beetle NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Chrysina resplendens
Family: Scarabaeidae - Scarab Beetles
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages
 Escarabajo oro
 Chrysina resplendens
 Золотой скарабей
 Escarabajo oro

The Scarab Beetle (プラチナコガネ, Purachina kogane) is a rare insect that appears in the Animal Crossing series. It resembles a Fruit Beetle, with only the golden color separating it. It can be sold for 6,000 Bells prior to New Horizons, where the price is raised to 10,000 bells.

Catch details[edit]

In City Folk[edit]


Scarab Beetle
"I caught a scarab beetle! A gem of the bug world. But still just a bug."

Description This treasured bug is valued over platinum... by some.
Time of Year Jul – Aug
Time of Day 11 PM - 8 AM
Peak Times N/A
Location On trees (any kind)
Bug Size 25 mm
Rarity Very rare
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 6000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


Scarab Beetle
"I caught a scarab beetle! Pfff. I've seen scarier!"

Time of Year Jul - Aug
All year (Tortimer Island)
Time of Day 11 PM - 8 AM
Peak Times N/A
Location On trees (any kind) (can be found on Tortimer Island)
Size 32 mm
Rarity Very rare
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 6000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]


Scarab Beetle
"I caught a scarab beetle! It's just a dung beetle with better hobbies."

Time of Year North: Jul – Aug
South: Jan – Feb
Time of Day 11 PM – 8 AM
Location On trees (any kind)
Weather Any weather
Spawn Requirement Catch 50 total bugs
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10000 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 15000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In City Folk[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, Blathers the curator will say;

"From the gorgeous to the grotesque, the fruit-beetle family has a wide variety of members, indeed... Among them, the shiniest by far is the scarab beetle. Not that it makes any bit of difference to me. If it has antennae, it's most unconscionably vile..."

It can be found on the top terrace of the insect exhibit, on the second cedar trip from the right - sharing it with the Fruit Beetle.

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, the Scarab Beetle can be found on a tree on the right side of the upper right room of the insect exhibit. An information board has this to say about the Scarab Beetle:

"Scarab beetles have elegant, metallic-looking bodies and are shinier even than fruit beetles. They're so shiny that they're said to gleam like gold. They're very rare and can be sold for high prices. Like all beetles in the scarab family, the outer shell provides a very thick layer of protection from predators. The high value and golden shell do make them more vulnerable when it comes to Bell hunters, though."

In New Horizons[edit]

Upon donation to the Museum, Blathers will say this about the scarab beetle:

"Collectors consider the scarab beetle quite the prize, thanks to its shiny metallic shell. But did you know this bug has no nose and uses its antenna to sense smells instead? In fact, the scarab beetle's plated antenna are quite unique and set it apart from other beetles. But ALL antenna are equally awful in my book."

Real-world information[edit]

The Plusiotis resplendens (also known as Golden Scarab Beetle or Jewel Scarab Beetle) gets the name from its elegant, metallic body, which is said to "gleam like gold." They are native to the Americas, unlike the common idea of the location for scarabs, which is Egypt (where they were made famous). The young larva form can be found living in rotten logs, while the adults are found living on foliage. Common colors for jewel scarabs are green, silver, and gold.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese プラチナコガネ
Platinum scarab

Korean 보석풍뎅이
Jewel scarab

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
宝石金龟 / 寶石金龜
bǎoshí jīn'guī
Jewel scarab

Russian Золотой скарабей
Zolotoy skarabey
Golden scarab

Dutch Scarabee Scarab

German Skarabäus (before NH)
Goldskarabäus (NH)
Golden scarab

European Spanish Escarabajo oro Golden beetle

European French Scarabée Scarab

Italian Chrysina resplendens Species name