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Dung beetle
フンコロガシ Fun-korogashi
Dung beetle encyclopedia (New Leaf)
#47 #36 #41 #46
Location Price
Rolling snowballs 400 Bells (AFe+)
800 Bells (CF, NL)
Size Available in rain
35 mm Unknown
Time of year Time of day
March to October (AFe+)
December to February (WW to NL)
7 PM to 8 AM (AFe+)

5 PM to 8 AM (WW to NL)

Scientific name Copris pecuarius
Family Scarabaeidae - Dung Beetles
Appearances AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Rarity Scarce (★★★★)(AFe+)
Uncommon (★★★) (WW,CF,NL)
Regional names Flag of Spain Escarabajo pelotero
Flag of Italy small Scarabeo stercorario
Flag of Germany small Mistkäfer
Flag of France small Bousier
"I caught a dung beetle! Nah, the joke's just too easy." —New Leaf

Dung beetles (フンコロガシ, Fun-korogashi?) in the Animal Crossing series are rare Winter bugs that can only be caught when snow settles from early December to late February, or during the summer, as is the case in AFe+.

In Animal Crossing: Wild World, Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf they roll snowballs around town, and in Animal Forest e+ they roll regular Balls, both a substitution for the balls of dung that their real-life counterparts roll.


In Animal Crossing: Wild World, Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf dung beetles are very skittish and fly away when approached carelessly. This is not the case in Animal Forest e+, however, where they can be run or jogged around without consequence, with the exception of their ball being pushed away. If the ball is pushed away from them they will continue to chase it, but if the ball goes too far then they sit on the floor and walk away. After a few seconds of walking they will fly away.
Dung Beetle Animal Forest e 1

Dung beetle pushing a ball in Animal Forest e+.

Donating to the museum

In Animal Forest e+

Dung beetle house

Dung Beetle in its Bug Cage in Animal Forest e+

When donated, they can be found rolling a Ball around the pond in the middle of the exhibit. The ball that it rolls is randomly generated upon entering the room and can be any of the three sports balls.

Japanese Dialog
Dung beetle speech

Blather's speech in Animal Forest e+.

「ホホー、 フンコロガシ ですね。 フンコロガシは その名の通り 本当は 動物のフンを ころがすんですよ。 ボールは ころがしませんので おまちがえに ならないよう、 ご注意下さいませ。 …って、そんな事 分かってますよね。 シツレイいたしました! それにしても、 動物のフンを 食べるなんて! ああ、キモチワルイ…。」

"Hoo hoo, a dung beetle, eh? Just as their name implies, they really roll around animal excrement. As it can be easily mistaken for rolling a ball, I advise you to please be careful. ...Well, you knew that already, didn't you? My deepest apologies! Nevertheless, to think it could eat animal dung! Ah, how disgusting..." (translation)

In Wild World

Blathers' speech is as follows:

"I say, I've actually heard it said that their dung-rolling is considered endearing! Absolute rubbish. It is a dirty habit. Dung is dirty. There is no refuting it! Hoo... What a world..."

The dung beetle can be found in the second bug room of the Museum, rolling a ball of dung in a figure-of-eight around the two rocks at the top of the square grassy area.

In City Folk

Blathers' usual speech is as follows:

"These beetles are also known as scarabs and were once revered in some parts of the world. Looking at it now, I must admit there IS something a bit refined about its antennae and legs..."

After donation, the dung beetle can be found rolling a piece of dung in the lower terrace in the smaller dirt circle, sharing the exhibit with the migratory locust.

In New Leaf

Since Blathers does not talk about the bug, the exhibit provides the information as follows:

"Dung beetles are famous for the exact thing you'd assume they're famous for. In fact, they use their namesake both as a source of food and a place to lay their eggs. Dung beetles are very strong and can roll things 10 times the weight of their bodies. One species can even pull objects 1,141 times its weight, which is like a human pulling 6 packed buses!"

Capture quotes

"Eww...I caught a dung beetle! Shouldn't you be rolling something else?" —Wild World
"I caught a dung beetle! Um... Ew." —City Folk
Japanese Quotes

「フンコロガシを 捕まえた! ボール ころがしてたのに?」 —Animal Forest e+

"I caught a dung beetle! Even though it was rolling a ball?" (translation)

「フンコロガシを つかまえた! 転がすモノが 違うでしょ!」 —New Leaf

"I caught a dung beetle! It was probably rolling something else!" (translation)

Encyclopedia information

Animal Forest e+


Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Dung beetle (Wild World) "They are usually found in the desert. They eat dung and bury their eggs in it. Ew! It's gross, but it's good for the Earth."
Size 35 mm
Time Night
Season Winter
Icon Dung beetle (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
"These eat and lay their eggs in dung. Yes, it's gross, but good for the earth."
Size About 35 mm
Time Unknown
Season Winter

In New Leaf

HNI 00


Strategy for Animal Forest e+

In Animal Forest e+ they are extremely rare. The best setup is to find an acre with no trees or rocks present. This eliminates the chance of Pill Bug or Spider/Bagworm appearing. The best time is during March at around 7am. This prevents mosquitoes and other "pest" bugs. This way the dung beetle is the only bug that can appear in the acre. Stand on the corner of the two acres and switch between them until one appears (it helps if the ball is within sight when entering the acre, so push it until you can see it. However if the ball is too close to the acre border then nothing will appear on it).

Another way is to simply push the ball through many acres. There is a glitch that allows the Dung Beetle to spawn on the ball when you are pushing it through the next acre.

Further information

Real Dung

A real-life Dung Beetle.

Certain members of the insect family Scarabaeidae feed almost exclusively on feces and decaying matter, many of the species have a good sense of smell. Dung beetles lay their eggs in dung once it has been rolled back to its burrow.

Beetles in the family Scarabaeidae are commonly known as "Scarab Beetles"; and it often comes to much surprise that the Dung Beetle is one of the insects often rumored to be plated in shimmering metallic colors. Much to the contrary, however, many Scarab Beetles are very dull save a few. Not all Scarab Beetles are attracted to dung; most species are in fact leaf foragers, and certain species such as the Japanese Beetle that has spread across the globe, are serious defoliators of garden plants and shrubbery. There are around 30,000 species of scarabaeids worldwide.

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