Animal Crossing: New Horizons insect list

All of the bugs and insects you can catch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and their active times.

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there are a variety of insects to catch and add to your growing Critterpedia list. You can sell insects, or use them in other ways, such as displaying them in your home. Below, we’ve put together an insect list for all of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons bugs we've found thus far. As we continue to play through the game, we’ll update the list with new insects for you to scope out!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons bug / insect list

Animal Crossing: New Horizons insect list
Every new insect you catch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons gets logged in your Critterpedia.
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  • Common Butterfly: Flying, 160 Bells. Active 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Sept to June in the Northern Hemisphere. Mar to Dec in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Yellow Butterfly Flying: Flying, 160 Bells. Active 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Sept to June in the Northern Hemisphere. Mar to Apr and Sept to Dec in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Paper Kite Butterfly: Flying, 1000 Bells. Active 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., all year, Northern and Southern Hemisphere.
  • Tiger Butterfly: Flying, 240 Bells. Active 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Mar to Sept in the Northern Hemisphere. Sept to Mar in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Peacock Butterfly: Flying, 2,500 Bells. Active 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Mar to June in the Northern Hemisphere. Sept to Dec in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Common Bluebottle: Flying, 300 Bells. Active 4 a.m. - 7 p.m. from Apr to Aug in the Northern Hemisphere. Oct to Feb in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Great Purple Emperor: Flying, 3,000 Bells. Active 4 a.m. - 7 p.m. from May to Aug in the Northern Hemisphere. Dec to Mar in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Emperor Butterfly: Flying, 4,000 Bells. Active 5 p.m. - 8 a.m. from June to Sept and Dec to Mar in the Northern Hemisphere. Dec to Mar and June to Sept in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Monach Butterfly: Flying, 140 Bells. Active 4 a.m. - 5 p.m. from Sept to Nov in the Northern Hemisphere. Mar to May in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Agrias Butterfly: Flying, 3,000 Bells. Active 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. from Apr to Sept in the Northern Hemisphere. Nov to Mar in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Raja Brooke's Birdwing: Flying, 2,500 Bells. Active 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. from Apr to Sept and Dec to Feb in the Northern Hemisphere. Nov to Mar andJune to Aug in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Queen Alexandra's Birdwing: Flying, 4,000 Bells. Active 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. from May to Sept in the Northern Hemisphere. Nov to Mar in the Southern Hemisphere.

  • Moth: Flying near lights, 130 Bells. Active 7 p.m. - 4 a.m., all year, Northern and Southern Hemisphere.
  • Atlas Moth: On Trees, 3,000 Bells. Active 7 p.m. - 4 a.m. from Apr to Sept in the Northern Hemisphere. Oct to Mar in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Madagascan Sunset Moth: Flying, 2,500 Bells. Active 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. from Apr to Sept in the Northern Hemisphere. Oct to Mar in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Long Locust: Ground, 200 Bells. Active 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. from Apr to Nov in the Northern Hemisphere. Nov to May in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Migratory Locust: Ground, 600 Bells. Active 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. from Aug to Nov in the Northern Hemisphere. Feb to May in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Grasshopper: Ground. 160 Bells. Active 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. from July to Sept in the Northern Hemisphere. Jan to Mar in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Rice Grasshopper: Ground. 160 Bells. Active 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. from Aug to Nov in the Northern Hemisphere. Feb to May in theSouthern Hemisphere.
  • Cricket: Ground. 130 Bells. Active 5 p.m. - 8 a.m. from Sept to November in the Northern Hemisphere. Mar to May in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Bell Cricket: Ground. 430 Bells. Active 5 p.m. - 8 a.m. from Sept to Oct in the Northern Hemisphere. Mar to Apr in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Mantis: Flowers. 430 Bells. Active 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. from Mar to Nov in the Northern Hemisphere. Sept to May in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Orchid Mantis: White flowers. 2,500 Bells. Active 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. from Mar to Nov in the Northern Hemisphere. Sept to May in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Honeybee: Flying. 200 Bells. Active 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. from Mar to July in the Northern Hemisphere. Mar to July in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Wasp: In trees, 2,500 Bells. Active all day, all year, Northern and Southern Hemisphere. 

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  • Brown Cicada: On trees, 250 Bells. Active 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. from July to Aug in the Northern Hemisphere. Jan to Feb in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Giant Cicada: On trees, 500 Bells. Active 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. from July to Aug in the Northern Hemisphere. Jan to Feb in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Robust Cicada: On trees, 300 BellsActive 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. from July to Aug in the Northern Hemisphere. Jan to Feb in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Evening Cicada: On trees, 550 Bells. Active 4 a.m. - 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. from July to Aug in the Northern Hemisphere. Jan in Feb in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Walker Cicada: On trees, 400 Bells. Active 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. from Aug to Sept in the Northern Hemisphere. Feb to March in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Cicada Shell: On trees, 10 Bells. Active all day from July to Aug in the Northern Hemisphere. Jan to Feb in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Red Dragonfly: Flying, 180 Bells. Active 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. from Sept to Oct in the Northern Hemisphere. March to Apr in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Darner Dragonfly: Flying, 230 Bells. Active 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. from  Apr to Oct in the Northern Hemisphere. Oct to Apr in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Banded Dragonfly: Flying, 4,500 Bells. Active 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. from May to Oct in the Northern Hemisphere. Nov to Apr in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Damselfly: Flying, 500 Bells. Active all day from Nov to Feb in the Northern Hemisphere. May to Aug in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Firefly: Flying, 300 Bells. Active 7 p.m. - 4 a.m. in June for the Northern Hemisphere. December for the Southern Hemisphere.
Animal Crossing New Horizons bug list
Animal Crossing: New Horizons has many lovely bugs to catch.
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  • Mole Cricket: Under soil, 500 Bells. Active all day from Nov to May in the Northern Hemisphere. May to Nov in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Pondskater: Ponds, 130 Bells. Active 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. from May to Sept in the Northern Hemisphere. Nov to Mar in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Diving Beetle: Ponds/Rivers, 800 Bells. Active 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. from May to Sept in the Northern Hemisphere. Nov to Mar in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Giant Water Bug: Ponds/Rivers, 2,00 Bells. Active 7 p.m. - 8 a.m. from Apr to Sept in the Northern Hemisphere. Oct to Mar in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Stinkbug: Flowers, 120 Bells. Active all day from Mar to Nov in the Northern Hemisphere. Sept to May in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Man-Faced Stink Bug: Flowers, 1,000 Bells. Active 7 p.m. - 8 a.m. from Mar to November in the Northern Hemisphere. Sept to May in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Ladybug: Flowers, 200 Bells. Active 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. from Mar to June and Oct in the Northern Hemisphere. Sept to Dec and Apr in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Jewel Beetle: On trees, 2,400 Bells. Active all day from Apr to Aug in the Northern Hemisphere. Oct to Feb in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Tiger Beetle: Ground, 1,500 Bells. Active all day from Feb to Nov in the Northern Hemisphere. Aug to May in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Violin Beetle: Tree stumps, 450 Bells. Active all day from May to June and Sept to Nov in the Northern Hemisphere. Nov to Dec and Mar to Apr in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Citrus Long-Horned Beetle: Tree stumps, 350 Bells. Active all day, all year, Northern and Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Rosalia Batesi Beetle: Tree stumps, 3,000. Active all day from May to Sept in the Northern Hemisphere. Nov to March in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Blue Weevil Beetle: On Palm Trees, 800 Bells. Active all day from July to Aug in the Northern Hemisphere. Jan to Feb in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Dung Beetle: Ground, 3,000 Bells. Active all day from  Dec to Feb in the Northern Hemisphere. June to Aug in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Earth-Boring Dung Beetle: Ground, 300 Bells. Active all day from July to Sept in the Northern Hemisphere. Jan to Mar in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Scarab Beetle: On trees, 10,000 Bells. Active 11 p.m. - 8 a.m. from July to Aug in the Northern Hemisphere. Jan to Feb in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Goliath Beetle: On trees, 8,000. Active 5 p.m. - 8 a.m. from June to Sept in the Northern Hemisphere. Dec in Mar in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Drone Beetle: On trees. Active all day from June to Aug in the Northern Hemisphere. Dec to Feb in the Southern Hemisphere.

  • Saw Stag: On trees, 2,000 Bells. Active all day from July to Aug in the Northern Hemisphere. Jan to Feb in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Miyama Stag: On trees, 1,000 Bells. Active all day from July to Aug in the Northern Hemisphere. Jan to February in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Giant Stag: On trees, 10,000 Bells. Active 11 p.m. - 8 a.m. from July to Aug in the Northern Hemisphere. Jan to Feb in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Rainbow Stag: On trees, 6,000 Bells. Active 7 p.m. - 8 a.m. from June to Sept in the Northern Hemisphere. Dec to Mar in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Golden Stag: On trees, 12,000 Bells. Active 5 p.m. - 8 a.m. from July to Aug in Northern Hemisphere. Jan to Feb in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Giraffe Stag: On trees, 12,000 Bells. Active 5 p.m. - 8 a.m. from July to Aug in the Northern Hemisphere. Jan to Feb in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Cyclommatus Stag: On trees, 8,000 Bells. Active 5 p.m. - 8 a.m. from July to Aug in the Northern Hemisphere. Jan to Feb in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Horned Dynastid: On trees, 1,350 Bells. Active 5 p.m. - 8 a.m. from July to Aug in the Northern Hemisphere. Jan to Feb in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Horned Atlas: On trees, 8,000 Bells. Active 5 p.m. - 8 a.m. from July to Aug in the Northern Hemisphere. Jan to Feb in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Horned Elephant: On trees, 8,000 Bells. Active 5 p.m. - 8 a.m. from July to Aug in the Northern Hemisphere. Jan to Feb in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Horned Herucles: On trees, 12,000 Bells. Active 5 p.m. - 8 a.m. from July to August in the Northern Hemisphere. Jan to Feb in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Walking Leaf: Disguised, close to trees, 600 Bells. Active all day from July to Aug in the Northern Hemisphere. Jan to Mar in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Walking Stick: In trees, 600 Bells. Active 4 a.m. - 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. from July to Nov in the Northern Hemisphere. Jan to May  in the Southern Hemisphere.

  • Spider: In trees, 480 Bells. Active 7 p.m. - 8 a.m. all year, Northern and Southern Hemisphere.
  • Tarantula: Ground, 8,000 Bells. Active 7 p.m. - 4 a.m. from Nov to Apr in the Northern Hemisphere. May in Oct in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Scorpion: Ground, 8,000 Bells. Active 7 p.m. - 4 a.m. from May to Oct in the Northern Hemisphere. Nov to Apr in the Southern.
  • Bagworm: In trees, 600 Bells. Active all day, all year, Northern and Southern Hemisphere.
  • Ant: Rotten Food, 80 Bells. Active all day, all year, Northern and Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Hermit Crab: Disguised, Beach, 1,000 Bells. Active 7 p.m. - 8 a.m. all year, Northern and Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Wharf Roach: Beach rocks, 200 Bells. Active all day, all year, Northern and Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Fly: Rotten food or Trash, 60 Bells. Active all day, all year, Northern and Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Mosquito: Flying, 130 Bells. Active 5 p.m. - 4 a.m. from June to Sept in the Northern Hemisphere. Dec to Mar in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Flea: On residents, 70 Bells. Active all day from Apr to Nov in the Northern Hemisphere. Oct to May in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  • Snail: On Rocks, 250 Bells. Active all day, all year, Northern and Southern Hemisphere.
  • Pill Bug: In Rocks, 250 Bells. Active 11 p.m. - 4 p.m. from Sept to June in the Northern Hemisphere. Mar to Dec in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Centipede: In Rocks, 300 Bells. Active 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. from Sept to June in the Northern Hemisphere. Mar to Dec in the Southern Hemisphere.

So far, that’s all of the insects we’ve been able to scoop up. As we pick up additional insects we’ll be sure to update this guide. Until then, what’s your favorite insect or bug in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Comment below!

Insects sorted? Now that you've seen our full Animal Crossing: New Horizons bug list, have a look at our other helpful Animal Crossing: New Horizons features. We’ve got a full list of fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons worth checking out, as well as a look at River Mouth locations in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and how to scan QR designs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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