- This article is about the various insects and creatures that can be caught with a net from the Animal Crossing series. For the glitches and errors, see Glitches.
Bugs are collectable items in the Animal Crossing series. Players can catch them with a net. They can be donated to the museum, sold to Tom Nook, or placed in the player's home inside a Bug Cage, like a piece of furniture. Most of them are worth a lot less than most fish at Tom Nook's store. A large amount of bugs will only emerge during the Summer, a few unique species emerge in Autumn and Spring, and there are almost none during the Winter.
List of Bugs between games
In Animal Forest
Main: Bugs (Animal Forest)
In the original N64 Animal Forest, there are 32 species obtainable.
In Animal Crossing
Main: Bugs (Animal Crossing)
In the Japanese Animal Forest + and its English counterpart Animal Crossing, there are 40 species obtainable, adding 8 bugs to the game. Pill Bug, Mole Cricket, Mosquito, Pondskater, Ant, Bagworm, Spider and Snail are new to the game.
In Animal Forest e+
Main: Bugs (Animal Forest e+)
In the Japanese-only game, Animal Forest e+ an extra 8 species are added, making a total of 48 bugs obtainable.The new species include the Birdwing, Hercules Beetle, Diving Beetle, Flea, Crab, Hermit Crab, Coconut Crab and Dung Beetle.
In Wild World
Main: Bugs (Wild World)
In Wild World a total of 56 bugs are obtainable, with many added and many dropped. Dropped bugs from Animal Forest e+ and GCN games include Pine Cricket, Purple Butterfly, Drone Beetle, Mountain Beetle, Bagworm, Crab, Hermit Crab and Coconut Crab. New bugs include Agrias, Peacock Butterfly, Monarch Butterfly, Emperor Butterfly, Birdwing Butterfly, Moth, Oak Silk Moth, Honeybee, Lanternfly, Walkingstick, Orchid Mantis, Fruit Beetle, Scarab Beetle, Rainbow Stag, Goliath Beetle, Atlas Beetle, Elephant Beetle, Hercules Beetle, Fly, Scorpion and Tarantula.
In City Folk
Main: Bugs (City Folk)
In City Folk, a total of 64 bugs are obtainable. Dropped bugs include Cockroach, (Flat) Stag Beetle. New bugs include Centipede, Raja Brooke, Giant Petaltail, Walking Leaf, Violin Beetle, Miyama Stag, Golden Stag and Cyclommatus Stag. Returned bugs include Diving Beetle and Bagworm.
In New Leaf
Main: Bugs (New Leaf)
In New Leaf, a total of 72 bugs are obtainable, adding 8 new bugs. New bugs include Giant Cicada, Cicada Shell, House Centipede, Stinkbug, Rice Grasshopper, Tiger Beetle and Wharf Roach. Returned bugs include the Hermit Crab.
When the player catches all the types of bugs, Tortimer will appear outside the player's house the next day and award them with a Golden Net.
In Animal Crossing
"I've been a-waiting for you, player. Word is that you've been catching bugs... Those tiny little monsters... You likely had no idea at the time, but when you caught every last kind of insect we know of in these parts... You became the most famous bug-catching-person in the history of <Town>! Hurrah for you, sprout! To commemorate such a wild and woolly occasion, I'd like you to have this fine Golden Net. I suppose now that you're a big, famous bug-catcher you may not need it... ...But this is the kind of net that really makes a difference when you're having trouble catching butterflies. Yepper! Treat 'er with care, sprout! You won't be getting one anywhere else, and there's no replacing it, you know... Yepper, chasing bugs is good, but I'm partial to chasing Zs. Oooh... Looks like a tough crowd out there today..."
Here are all of the bugs in the series.
|Name||Price||Location||Time||Months||Peak Times||Peak Months|
|Agrias Butterfly||3,000||Flying near Flowers||8am-5pm||June-Sept|
|Ant||80||On Dropped Candy or Rotten Turnips||All Day||All Year|
|Atlas Beetle||8,000||On Palm Trees||7pm-8am||Jun-Aug|
|Banded Dragonfly||4,500||Flying Anywhere||8am-5pm||Jul-Aug|
|In Trees||All Day||All Year|
|Bell Cricket||430||In Grass||5pm-8am||Sep-Oct|
|Birdwing Butterfly|| 3,000(WW)|
|Flying near Flowers||8am-5pm||Jun-Sept|
|Brown Cicada||200||On Trees||8am-5pm||Jul-Aug|
|Cicada Shell(NL)||100||On Trees||All Day||July-Aug|
|Cockroach(AC&WW)||5||On Trees||All Day||All Year|
|Common Butterfly||90||Flying near Flowers||4am-7pm||Mar-Sept||8am-5pm||Apr-Jun|
|Crab(AFe+)||150||Walking on the beach||All Day||All Year|
|Cyclommatus(CF&NL)||8,000||On Palm Trees||5pm-8am||Jul-Aug|
|Darner Dragonfly||200||Flying Anywhere||8am-5pm||Jun-Aug||9am-4pm||June|
|Diving Beetle(CF&NL)||800||On Freshwater||8am-5pm||May-Sept|
|Drone Beetle||100||On Trees||All Day||July-Aug|
|Dung Beetle||800||Rolling Snowballs||5pm-8am||Dec-Feb|
|Dynastid Beetle||1,350||On Trees||5pm-8am||Jul-Aug|
|Elephant Beetle||8,000||On Palm Trees||7pm-8am||Jul-Aug|
|Emperor Butterfly||2,500||Flying near Flowers|| 8am-5pm(AC&WW)|
|Evening Cicada||550||On Trees||4am-8am, 4pm-7pm||July-Aug|
|Flea||70||On Villager||All Day||Mar-Nov|
|Fly||60||Flying near Rafflesia, Rotten Turnips or Garbage||All Day||All Year|
|Fruit Beetle||100||On Trees||All Day||Jul-Sep||7pm-8am||Sept|
|Giant Beetle /|
|10,000||On Trees||11pm-8am|| Jul-Aug(GCN&NL)|
|Giant Cicada||500||On Trees||8am-5pm||Jul-Aug|
|Giant Petaltail(CF&NL)||8,000||Flying Anywhere||4pm-7pm||Aug-Oct|
|Golden Stag||12,000||On Trees||5pm-8am||Jul-Aug|
|Goliath Beetle||6,000||On Palm Trees||7pm-8am(WW), 5pm-8am(CF)||Jun-Aug|
|Hercules Beetle||12,000||On Palm Trees||7pm-4am||Jul-Aug|
|Hermit Crab(NL)||1,000||Island Beach||7pm-8am||All Year|
|Honeybee||100||Flying near Flowers||8am-5pm||Mar-Aug||9am-4pm||Mar-Jun|
|House Centipede(NL)||250||Hit Rocks||7pm-8am||Aug-Oct|
|Jewel Beetle||2,400||On Trees||8am-5pm||Jul-Aug|
|Lantern Fly||1,800||On Trees||4pm-7pm, 11pm-8am||Jun-Sept|
|Long Locust||200||In Grass||8am-7pm||Aug-Nov(WW) May-Nov(CF)||9am-4pm||Mar-Jun|
|Longhorn Beetle||260|| On trees(AC&WW)|
On tree stumps(CF&NL)
|Mantis||430||On Flowers||8am-5pm|| Apr-Nov(CF)|
|Migratory Locust||600||In Grass||8am-7pm||Sep-Nov(WW) Aug-Nov(CF)||9am-4pm||Sep-Oct|
|Miyama Stag(CF&NL)||1,000||On Trees||All Day||Jun-Aug|
|Mole Cricket||280||Underground||All Day||Nov-May|
|Monarch Butterfly|| 90|
|Flying near Flowers||8am-5pm||Sept-Nov||8am-4pm||Oct-Nov|
|Moth||60||Near Lights (Outside)||7pm-4am||May-Sept||9pm-4am||Jun-Aug|
|Oak Silk Moth||1,200||On Trees||7pm-4am||Jun-Sept|
|Orchid Mantis||2,400||On Flowers||8am-5pm|| Aug-Nov(WW)|
|Peacock (Butterfly)||220||Flying (Near Blue, Violet & Black Flowers)||8am-5pm||Mar-Sept||8am-4pm||Jul-Sept|
|Pill Bug||250||Under Rocks||All Day||All Year|
|Pine Cricket(AC)||100||In Grass||5pm-8am||Sept-Oct|
|Pondskater||130||Main Pond/Holding Ponds||8am-7pm||Jun-Sep|
|Rainbow Stag||10,000||On Trees||7pm-8am||Jun-Sept|
|Raja Brooke Butterfly(CF&NL)||2,500||Flying (Near Freshwater)|| 8am-5pm(May/July)|
|Red Dragonfly||80||Flying Anywhere||8am-7pm||Sep-Oct|
|Rice Grasshopper(NL)||400||On Ground||8am-7pm||Aug-Sept|
|Robust Cicada||300||On Trees||8am-5pm||Jul-Aug|
|Saw Stag Beetle||2,000||On Trees||All Day||Jul-Aug||9pm-4am||Jul-Aug|
|Scarab Beetle||6,000||On Trees||11pm-8am||Jul-Aug|
|Snail||250||On Flowers||All Day||Apr-Sep|
|Spider||300||In Trees||All Day||Mar-Nov|
|Stag Beetle||2,000||On Trees||7pm-8am||Jun-Aug||9pm-4am||Jul-Aug|
|Stinkbug(NL)||120||On Trees||All Day||Apr-Oct|
|Tiger Beetle(NL)||1,500||On Ground||8am-7pm; 4am-5pm||Mar-Sept, Oct|
|Tiger Butterfly||160||Flying Near Red & Pink Flowers||8am-5pm||Mar-Jun||8am-4pm||Mar-Sept|
|Violin Beetle(CF&NL)||250||On Tree Stumps|| 4am-7pm June|
|Walker Cicada||400||On Trees||8am-5pm||Jul-Sept|
|Walking Leaf(CF&NL)||600||On Ground||4am-7pm||Jul-Nov|
|Wharf Roach(NL)||200||Beach||All Day||All Year|
|Yellow Butterfly||80||Flying Anywhere||4am-7pm||Mar-Jun, Sep|
- *Note: (AC) = Animal Crossing, (AFe+) = Animal Forest e+, (WW) = Wild World, (CF) = City Folk, (NL) = New Leaf. Bugs with any of the above parentheticals next to their name only appear in those games unless otherwise stated in the articles.