|On tree stumps|| 250 Bells|
260 Bells (NL)
|Size||Available in rain|
|Time of year||Time of day|
|June, September to November|| 4am to 7pm (June)|
4am to 5pm (Sept-Oct)
8am to 5pm (Nov)
|Scientific name||Mormolyce phyllodes|
|Family||Carabidae - Ground Beetles|
|Regional names|| Mormolyce |
- "I caught a violin beetle! But how do I tune it?" —New Leaf
The violin beetle (バイオリンムシ, Baiorinmushi?) is a bug that was introduced in 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.
Donating to the museum
In City Folk
"I've heard this bug got its 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 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!"
- "I caught a violin beetle! And the world's tiniest violin plays a sad song." —City Folk
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.