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"Yes! I caught the famed dynastid beetle! It's incredibly strong! (For its size)" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a dynastid beetle! Talk about powerful!" —Wild World
"Yessss! I caught a dynastid beetle! Strong, tough, and AWESOME!" —City Folk
"I caught a horned dynastid! Your era just ended, buddy!" —New Leaf
Dynastid Beetle
Scientific name Trypoxylus dichotomus politus
Family Scarabaeidae - Scarab beetles
Time of year July to August
Time of day 5pm to 8am
Location On trees
Size 80 mm
Catch size Unknown
Rarity Uncommon (***)
Sale price 1,350 Bells
Appearances Animal Forest,
Dōbutsu no Mori +,
Animal Crossing,
Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of Germany small Nashornkäfer

Flag of Italy small Scarabeo kabutomushi

Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing Bug #29
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ Bug #27
Animal Crossing: Wild World Bug #45
Animal Crossing: City Folk Bug #52
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Bug #59
Dynastid beetle ac gc
The Dynastid Beetle is a uncommon bug found in Animal Forest, Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf the bug is called the Horned Dynastid. It appears between the months of July and August, between 7 pm and 8 am. They are similar to a Hercules Beetle because of their shape.

Donating to the Museum

In Animal Crossing

"They're called beetles, wot? The lugs of the insect world. Insects with armor plating their backs, you know. Their armor, it... opens up, revealing wings. Which they use to fly! It's really quite unnatural. Then, there's that thin, membrane-like covering where their heads connect to their bodies. Most foul!"

In Wild World

"Do tell, [Player Name], have you ever seen a dynastid beetle's larva? Oh, no trouble at all if you haven't, I assure you! If you had, we might speak of them, and then I would recall how vile they look. Let's forget it, shall we?"

In City Folk

"The dynastid beetle has a reputation as king of the forest, but this king is not without enemies, eh wot? Many species hunt this beetle. Examples include moles, crows, and owls... WOT WOT?!"

In New Leaf

In New Leaf an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.

"Horned dynastids are part of the scarab family. Their horns are actually part of their exoskeleton. Horned dynastids don't have a nose or ears, but they can sense smells with their antennae. They are also able to feel the minor vibrations of sounds traveling in the air using thin hair on their bodies. They are fairly loud when flying, plus they emit a rather sour odor, so they are hard not to notice."

It can be found in the top terrace of the bug exhibit, on the middle Oak Tree.

Encyclopedia Information

When the player has caught the dynastid beetle, they can find information about the bug in the bug menu. Below is the information regarding the dynastid:

Wild World

Dynastid beetle icon
Dynastid beetles
  • Size: 80 mm.
  • Season: Summer.
  • Time: Night.
  • Their proud horn is actually just overgrown skin. They're related to scarab beetles.

City Folk

Dynastid Beetle
  • Size: About 80 mm.
  • Season: Summer.
  • Time: Night - Morning.
  • The proud horns of these relatives of the scarab beetle are just overgrown skin.

New Leaf

Horned Dynastid New Leaf

Further Information

The name Dynastid is a reference to its family (Dynastidae) or subfamily (Dynastinae) depending on the source; the taxonomy of these beetles has long been challenged. In the case of being placed as a subfamily within the Scarab Beetle family Scarabeidae they are probably better off called Dynastinid Beetles.

This Rhinoceros beetle starts out as a very large larvae, the size of an ordinary caterpillar. At middle stage, it earns a more toughened look, even though it still has a caterpillar-like rear.In Asian life, it is sometimes treasured as a delicacy, prefered fried. Like many other beetles in Japan, they are frequently found as pets.

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