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.jpg
Scientific name Mormolyce phyllodes
Family Carabidae - Ground Beetles
Time of year June, September to November
Time of day 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. (June)
4am to 5pm (Sept-Oct)
8am to 5pm (Nov)
Location On tree stumps
Size 40 mm
Rarity Uncommon
Selling price 250 Bells (City Folk)
260 Bells (New Leaf)
Appearances Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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

Donating to the Museum 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.

Further information[edit]

Real Violin.JPG.jpeg

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

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Mormolyce Part of latin name


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