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Diving beetle
ゲンゴロウ Gengorou
Diving beetle encyclopedia (New Leaf)
AF AF+ AC e+ WW CF NL
#42 #29 #32
Location Price
In freshwater 250 Bells (AFe+), 800 Bells (CF, NL)
Size Available in rain
38 mm Yes
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
Rarity Uncommon (★★★)
Regional names Flag of Germany small Schwimmkäfer
Flag of Spain Escarabajo Nadador
Flag of France small Dytique
Flag of Italy small Ditisco
"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

Upon donation the Museum, Blathers will say;

"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.

Capture quotes

"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

Encyclopedia information

City Folk

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Diving Beetle (City Folk)
"These are said to have short but strong pincers. Ouch!"
Size About 38 mm
Time Morning-Dusk
Season Summer


New Leaf

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Diving beetle encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a diving beetle! It's like I have sonar or something!"
Size 39 mm
Time Morning-Evening
Season Summer


Gallery

Further information

Adult beetles have a streamlined, dorsoventrally-compressed bodies
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A real life diving beetle

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).


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