Violin Beetle

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"I caught a violin beetle! And the world's tiniest violin plays a sad song." —City Folk
"I caught a violin beetle! But how do I tune it?" —New Leaf
Violin Beetle
Violin Beetle NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Mormolyce phyllodes
Family: Carabidae - Ground Beetles
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese バイオリンムシ
Simplified Chinese 提琴虫
French Mormolyce
Spanish Escarabajo violín
Italian Carabo violino
Russian Листовидная жужелица

Korean 바이올린벌레
Traditional Chinese 提琴蟲
Quebec French Mormolyce
Latin American Spanish Escarabajo violín
German Geigenkäfer
Dutch Vioolkever

The Violin Beetle (バイオリンムシ, Baiorin mushi) is an insect that appears in Animal Crossing: City Folk, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. They appear first in June, between 4am and 7pm. They reappear in September and October, from 4 AM to 5 PM, and then disappear in November, when they can be found from 8 AM to 5 PM. They can be found on tree stumps of regular and cedar trees, and are uncommon.

Catch details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]


Violin Beetle
"I caught a violin beetle! Apparently I'm as fit as a fiddle!"

Time of Year North: May – Jun; Sep – Nov
South: Mar – May; Nov – Dec
Time of Day All day
Location On tree stumps
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 450 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 675 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

As with all insects in the Animal Crossing series, the Violin Beetle can be donated to the museum followed by a small talk by Blathers.

In City Folk[edit]

After the player has donated a Violin Beetle to the museum, Blathers will say this:

"I've heard this bug got is name because its body resembles a violin... I'm not so sure though. All slick and black and shiny... If you were to ask me, it looks rather more like an awful locust..."

The Violin Beetle can be found on the tree stump, located on the middle level of the insect section.

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon being donated, the beetle can be found in the left-hand back room of the bug exhibit, sharing a large tree stump with the Longhorn Beetle. The exhibit has this to say about the Violin Beetle:

"As the name indicates, these bugs resemble violins. They're very thin and roughly five mm thick. They stay on top of fungi on trees and prey upon small bugs that happen by. When predators come near, violin beetles emit a noxious fluid to protect themselves. The fluid is toxic and can be painful if it touches your hands or eyes, so be careful!"

In New Horizons[edit]

"The violin beetle gets its name from its shape. That is, SOME think it resembles the stringed instrument. If you ask me, this is an insult to violins! With its flat body and small head, the violin beetle looks like nothing but a repulsive bug, plain and simple. In fact it is so repulsive, it oozes a foul liquid when frightened! Ugh! This insect strikes a sour note indeed."

When donated, the violin beetle can be found in the main room of the bug exhibit, on a tree stump to the left of the northernmost bridge.

Real-world information[edit]

Real Violin Beetle.jpg

According to the in-game encyclopedia, "These resemble violins-- hence the name. They are so thin, they fit in wood gaps."

Mormolyce phyllodes, commonly known as the violin beetle, is a species of ground beetles in the subfamily Lebiinae. These beetles possess a flat leaf-shaped, shiny black or brown body with distinctive violin-shaped translucent elytra (hence the common name). This characteristic mimicry protects them against predators, while their flat shaped body allow them to dwell in soil cracks or under the bark and leaves of trees.

Both adults and larvae are predators, feeding on insect larvae. For defense purposes, they secrete the poisonous butyric acid.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese バイオリンムシ
Violin beetle

Korean 바이올린벌레
Violin beetle

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
提琴虫 / 提琴蟲
Violin beetle

Russian Листовидная жужелица
Listovidnaya zhuzhelitsa
Violin beetle

Dutch Vioolkever Violin beetle

German Geigenkäfer Violin beetle

European Spanish Escarabajo violin Violin beetle

European French Mormolyce Genus name

Italian Carabo violino Violin beetle

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