|In freshwater||250 Bells (AFe+), 800 Bells (CF, NL)|
|Size||Available in rain|
|Time of year||Time of day|
|May to September||8am to 5pm|
|Scientific name||Cybister japonicus|
|Family||Dytiscidae - Predaceous Diving Beetles|
|Appearances||AFe+, CF, NL|
|Regional names|| Schwimmkäfer |
- "I caught a diving beetle! It's like I have sonar or something!" —New Leaf
The diving beetle (ゲンゴロウ, Gengorou?), also known as the water beetle in Animal Forest e+, is an uncommon bug found in rivers and ponds, swimming and diving. It is worth 800 Bells. It appears during the months of May through to September.
Diving beetles live in the river, and dart around similar to pond skaters. It spends most of its time submerged, revealing a shadow, and to catch this bug, you must swing your net when it is on the surface.
They can also appear during rain.
Donating to the museum
In City Folk
"While they're marginally less odious as adults...dive beetles are horrific in their larval stage! These wretched youths are twice the size of the adults and wield a large poison barb. Foul villainy! Then again, I suppose the adults aren't much better. They're both completely objectionable, really..."
In New Leaf
In New Leaf, an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.
"Diving beetles swim using thick, hairy hind legs and clean the water by eating dead insects. They store a supply of air under their wings to breathe underwater and surface to replenish as needed. When they're caught by predators, they release a foul-smelling bluish fluid from their heads in defense.
It can be found in the bottom-left hand enclosure in the bug exhibition, in the small pond.
- "ゲンゴロウを つかまえた！ おしりに あぶくが!?" —Animal Forest e+
- "(Translation) I caught the diving beetle! Bubbles to the hips!?" —Animal Forest e+
- "I caught a diving beetle! I give it a perfect 10!" —City Folk
Further informationAdult beetles have a streamlined, dorsoventrally-compressed bodies Most species are brown to black, but some have distinctive patterns of spots, lines, or mottling on the wing covers. The aquatic larvae are not frequently seen and have a long thorax and long legs. The head bears conspicuous large sickle-shaped mandibles without teeth. Despite being aquatic, the beetles cannot breathe underwater, and must surface frequently to collect air supply. Most species compress oxygen into a silvery bubble underneath their body which allows them to breathe even when far from the surface.
Predaceous diving beetles are easily confused with water scavenger beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae).