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"I caught a violin beetle! And the world's tiniest violin plays a sad song." —City Folk
"I caught a violin beetle! But how do I tune it?" —New Leaf
Violin Beetle
Scientific name Mormolyce phyllodes
Family Carabidae - Ground Beetles
Time of year June, September to November
Time of day 4am to 7pm (June)
4am to 5pm (Sept-Oct)
8am to 5pm (Nov)
Location On tree stumps
Size 40 mm
Catch size Unknown
Rarity Uncommon (***)
Sale price 250 Bells

260 Bells in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Appearances Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of Germany small Laufkäfer

Flag of Italy small Carabo violino

Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing Not Present
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ Not Present
Animal Crossing: Wild World Not Present
Animal Crossing: City Folk Bug #
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Bug #43

The Violin Beetle is a bug that was introduced in Animal Crossing: City Folk. They first appear in June, between 4am and 7pm. They reappear September and October, from 4am to 5pm, up until the end of November. During November they can be found 8am to 5pm. They can be found on tree stumps of regular, cedar, and palm trees when such trees are cut down with an Axe. They are uncommon and very easy to scare.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the Violin Beetle returns. It is not possible to catch one on the island, since the island only holds July-August bugs (though the Longhorn Beetle is present there).

Donating to the Museum

In City Folk

Upon donating to the Museum, Blathers the will say this:

"I've heard this bug got is name because its body resembles a violin... I'm not so sure though. All slick and black and shiny... If you were to ask me, it looks rather more like an awful locust..."

The violin beetle can be found on the tree stump, located on the middle level of the bug section.

In New Leaf

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug:

"As the name indicates, these bugs resemble violins. They're very thin and roughly five mm thick. They stay on top of fungi on trees and prey upon small bugs that happen by. When predators come near, violin beetles emit a noxious fluid to protect themselves. The fluid is toxic and can be painful if it touches your hands or eyes, so be careful!"

Encyclopedia Information

City Folk

125px Violin Beetle (City Folk) ''These resemble violins--hence the name. They are so thin, they fit in wood gaps."

Icon calendar Season: Fall
Icon clock Time: Morning-Night
Icon butterfly Size: About 40mm

New Leaf

HNI 0077 violin beetle


Further information

Real Violin.JPG

Violin beetles are beetles that range from brown to black to white. They are found in southeastern Asia and get their name from their resemblance to the instrument; the violin. Violin beetles eat insects, fungus, and wood, and range from 3-6 centimeters long. Although they look powerful, as time goes on, their wings fuse together, rendering them useless.

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