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"I caught a scarab beetle! It looks like a jewel!" —Wild World
"I caught a scarab beetle! A gem of the bug world. But still just a bug." —City Folk
"I caught a scarab beetle! Pfff. I've seen scarier!" —New Leaf
Scarab Beetle
Scientific name Chrysina resplendens
Family Scarabaeidae - Scarab Beetles
Time of year July to August
Time of day 11pm to 8am
Location On trees
Size 25 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 (プラチナコガネ)

Flag of Germany small Skarabäus
Flag of Italy small Dorifera

Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing Not Present
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ Not Present
Animal Crossing: Wild World Bug #
Animal Crossing: City Folk Bug #
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Bug #51

The Scarab Beetle is a rare bug that appears in the Animal Crossing series . It looks like a Fruit Beetle in size and shape, with only the golden color separating it, and also the Dung Beetle which is purple and slightly larger. It can be sold for 6,000 bells.

Donating to the Museum

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

In Wild World

"Hoo my! Many thanks for donating such a valuable insect, wot wot! This scarab beetle is as valuable as its weight in purest platinum! Disgusted I may be, but I shan't turn down such a pricey donation! Cheers!"
Once donated, the scarab beetle can be found on the top of of a cedar tree. It is directly below the cedar tree furthest to the left when using the northern entrance to the second room.

In City Folk

"From the gorgeous to the grotesque, the fruit-beetle family has a wide variety of members, indeed... Among them, the shiniest by far is the scarab beetle. Not that it makes any bit of difference to me. If it has antennae, it's most unconscionably vile..."

It can be found on the top terrace of the bug exhibit, on the second cedar trip from the right - sharing it with the Fruit Beetle.

In New Leaf

Blathers will no longer give a description upon receiving the bug, but the museum description is as follows:

"Scarab beetles have elegant, metallic-looking bodies and are shinier even than fruit beetles. They're so shiny that they're said to gleam like gold. They're very rare and can be sold for high prices. Like all beetles in the scarab family, the outer shell provides a very thick layer of protection from predators. The high value and golden shell do make them more vulnerable when it comes to Bell hunters, though."

The scarab beetle is found in the northeast room of the bug exhibit, sharing a tree with the Jewel Beetle in the far right corner.

Encyclopedia Information

In Animal Crossing: Wild World, Animal Crossing: City Folk, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, players can access information about fish and bugs in the menu. Regarding the Scarab Beetle:

Wild World

Scarab Beetle (Wild World) Scarab Beetle (Wild World icon) "Their shine is so great they look plated. These bugs are very rare and very valuable."
  • Size: 25 mm
  • Season: Summer
  • Time: Morning

City Folk

File:Scarab Beetle (City Folk).png ''This treasured bug is valued over platinum... by some."

Icon calendar Season: Summer
Icon clock Time: Night-Morning
Icon butterfly Size: About 25 mm

New Leaf

Scarab beetle info


Further Information

Chrysina redplendens in7089 m2909

chrysina resplendens in real life

Chrysina resplendens (also known as Golden Scarab Beetle or Jewel Scarab Beetle) gets its common name from its elegant, metallic body, which is said to "gleam like gold", and even its scientific name (Chrysina meaning golden, and resplendens meaning shining and resplendent). It was once known as Plusiotis resplendens. They are native to South America, being most prevalent in Costa Rica. For obvious reasons, they are prized and sell for alarmingly high prices. The young larvae can be found living in rotten logs, while the adults live on foliage.

The Animal Crossing beetle is based off the genus Plusiotis, a group of beetles in South America.

Scarab Beetles are actually a diverse family of beetles coming in hundreds of shapes, sizes and colors. This golden species is virtually one-of-a-kind; the famous Egyptian references come from the dusky black Dung Beetles that made their home there.

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