Animal Crossing: New Horizons Bug Catching Guide

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons there are a total of 80 bugs and 80 fish players will need to catch if they want to fill out their museum. This guide will run through all 80 bugs with images and where to find them seasonally for the northern hemisphere. Since the title has recently released, this guide will still be regularly updated as we gather new information. All bugs will also be listed in the order they appear in the Critterpedia.

Anyone looking to reel some fish in should also check out the fishing guide here.

1. Common Butterfly


The Common Butterfly appears throughout the island from September to June. They come out from 4am to 7pm unless it’s raining and often land on flowers.

2. Yellow Butterfly


The Yellow Butterfly appears throughout the island from March to June and September to October. They come out from 4am to 7pm unless it’s raining and often land on flowers.

3. Tiger Butterfly


The Tiger Butterfly appears throughout the island from March to September. They come out from 4am to 7pm unless it’s raining and often land on flowers.

4. Peacock Butterfly


The Peacock Butterfly appears near hybrid flowers such as blue, black and pink from March to June. They come out from 4am to 7pm unless it’s raining and often land on flowers.

5. Common Bluebottle

The Common Bluebottle appears throughout the island from April to August. They come out from 4am to 7pm unless it’s raining and often land on flowers.

6. Paper Kite Butterfly


The Paper Kite Butterfly appears throughout the island all year round. They come out from 8am to 7pm unless it’s raining.

7. Great Purple Emperor

The Great Purple Emperor appears throughout the island fromMay to August. They come out from 4am to 7pm unless it’s raining and often land on flowers.

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9. Emperor Butterfly


The Emperor Butterfly appears throughout the island from December to March and June to September. They come out from 5pm to 5am unless it’s raining and often land on flowers.

10. Agrias Butterfly 

The Agrias Butterfly appears throughout the island from April to September. They come out from 8am to 5pm unless it’s raining.

11. Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing

The Rajah Brooke’s Birdwind appears throughout the island from December to February and April to September. They come out from 8am to 5pm unless raining and often land on flowers.

12. Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing

The Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing appears throughout the island from May to September. They come out from 8am to 4pm unless it’s raining.

13. Moth


The Moth appears near house lights all year long. They are available from 7pm to 4am unless it’s raining.

14. Atlas Moth

The Atlas Moth appears resting on any trees from April to September. They come out from 7pm to 4am.

15. Madagascan Sunset Moth

The Madagascan Sunset Moth appears throughout the island from April to September. They come out from 8am to 4pm unless it’s raining.

16. Long Locust

The Long Locust appears on the ground throughout the island from April to November. They come out from 8am to 7pm.

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22. Mantis


The Mantis appears on flowers from March to November. They come out from 8am to 5pm unless it’s raining and will fly away if approached too quickly.

23. Orchid Mantis


The Orchid Mantis appears on white flowers from March to November. They come out from 8am to 5pm unless it’s raining and will fly away if approached too quickly.

24. Honeybee


The Honeybee appears near flowers from March to July. They come out from 8am to 5pm unless it’s raining and will often land on flowers and may fly away if approached too quickly.

25. Wasp


The Wasp will occasionally fall out of trees when shaken and will attack the player all year round. They come out all times of day and are best to try and capture with a bug net already equipped while shaking the front of the tree.

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32. Red Dragonfly

The Red Dragonfly appears across the island from September to October.

33. Darner Dragonfly

The Darner Dragonfly appears throughout the island from April to October. They come out from 8am to 5pm.

34. Banded Dragonfly

The Banded Dragonfly appears throughout the island from May to October. They come out from 8am to 5pm and are very fast.

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37. Mole Cricket


The Mole Cricket appears underground throughout the island from November to May. They come out all times of day and must be dug up with a shovel when close to their chirping noise and will begin to run away once dug up.

38. Pondskater

The Pondskater appears on top of ponds and rivers across the island from May to September. They come out from 8am to 7pm.

39. Diving Beetle

The Diving Beetle appears floating on rivers from May to September. They come out from 8am to 7pm.

40. Giant Water Bug

The Giant Water Bug appears floating on rivers from April to September. They come out from 7pm to 8am.


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