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"I caught a goliath Beetle! It's... GOLIATH!" —Wild World
"I caught a goliath beetle! GOOOOOOOOOLIATH!" —City Folk
"I caught a goliath beetle! Hah! He doesn't look so big." —New Leaf
Goliath Beetle
Scientific name Goliathus goliatus
Family Scarabaeidae - Scarab Beetles
sub.Cetoniinae - Flower Scarabs
Time of year June to September, March to December on island
Time of day 5pm to 8 am (Peak from 11pm to 8am)
Location On palm trees
Size 90 mm
Catch size Unknown
Rarity Rare (****)
Sale price 6,000 Bells
Appearances Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of Japan small ゴライアスオオツノハナムグリ

Flag of Germany small Goliathkäfer
Flag of Italy small Scarabeo Golia

The Goliath Beetle is a red and black beetle that sits on palm trees during the summer months in the evening. It sells for a price of 6,000 bells.

Despite their apparent size and strength they are fairly skittish, though they are the least skittish of all the palm tree beetles. You can easily approach one at full walk speed and snatch it with a net, but lingering around at full walk speed will eventually scare it away.

Donating to the Museum

Upon donation to the Museum, Blathers the curator will say;

In Wild World

"Horned beetles are said to be the largest of the beetle families, wot? Indeed, in some regions, this is the largest beetle on record. It certainly has the largest repulsiveness quota. Hardly something to brag about..."

After donation, the goliath beetle can be found at the top of the palm tree on the right in the exhibit on the left of the first room of the Bug area.

In City Folk

"Goliath beetles are a variety of fruit beetle with a very long scientific name. As stands to reason, given their name, these beetles are incredibly strong. Beyond that morsel of knowledge, I know little, because they utterly REPULSE me..."

It can be found in the middle terrace on the lonely palm tree to the right of the exhibit.

In New Leaf


A goliath beetle in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

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

"Goliath beetles, named after the legendary giant, are among the largest insects in the world. The larvae can weigh four ounces or more. Once mature, they are only half that weight, however. They spend their days flying from tree to tree to feed on tree sap or fruits."

Encyclopedia Information

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

Wild World

Goliath Beetle (Wild World) Goliath Beetle (Wild World icon) "The largest of its kind, they're also good fliers."
  • Size: 11 cm
  • Season: Summer
  • Time: Warm nights

City Folk

125px Goliath Beetle (City Folk) ''The largest of its kind in the world, these can fly like birds."

Icon calendar Season: Summer
Icon clock Time: Night-Morning
Icon butterfly Size: About 10 cm

New Leaf

Goliath Beetle


Further information


A Goliath Beetle

The Goliathus goliatus (the Goliath Beetle) (Goliathus giganteus is a synonym) and the other 5 members of the genus are all native to Africa, primarily around the equatorial tropics. Unlike other scarab beetles in the subfamily of Cetoniinae (the flower scarabs), it requires a high protein diet as a larva - in captivity the larvae are best raised on cat or dog food alongside dried leaves. Like its relatives, adults prefer to feed on sugar-rich fluids like tree sap and the juice from fruits. As in other horned scarabaeid beetles, only the males possess the tiny horns. Additionally, females have shorter, rectangular heads.

Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing Not Present
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ Not Present
Animal Crossing: Wild World Bug #37
Animal Crossing: City Folk Bug #
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Bug #63

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