Animal Crossing: New Horizons bug guide for September 2020

Every month, a different mix of bugs arrives in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Collecting all the insects is important for players to fill out their critterpedia and museum — and to earn some extra bells on the side.

Bug catching can take a moment to master. It can be difficult to sneak up on bugs and catch them before the little insects fly or run away. Aggressive bugs, namely scorpions and tarantulas, will take you out of commission if you aren’t fast enough to catch them.

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Bug-catching tips

There are a few ways to ensure that bugs will be caught. You will want to be sure you have the vault pole, ladder, and bug net in your inventory. Bugs will appear all over the island, meaning you will have to wander the entire island to find different types of bugs. If you’re working to only catch bugs, then ensuring that two bug nets are in your inventory could be helpful. Then, if one net breaks, you won’t have to return to Nook’s Cranny or craft one in the middle of the hunt.

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Additionally, it’s worth noting that the mole cricket is the only insect that requires a shovel. When hunting this little beaut, bring a shovel and listen for cricket chirping noise. Where the noise seems to be the loudest, start digging. Eventually, the mole cricket will pop out. You will need to quickly switch to the net to catch this bug.

You can also sneak up on pesky bugs. Scorpions and tarantulas, for example, are best caught with sneaking. When one of these aggressive bugs is seen, hold the net in hand, hold down A, and slowly approach them. This allows you to walk slowly up to these bugs. When their front legs are up, stop approaching and just wait until they put their front legs down again before continuing to approach. Once close enough (or right as they’re about to run at you), let go of A and catch that mean bug.

Bug list

Animal Crossing: New Horizons follows real-world seasons closely. This means that each month, new bugs will be introduced and will match when the bug would appear in real life. Additionally, this means that the southern hemisphere and northern hemisphere will get different insects from one another. It’s also important to remember that different bugs will show up at different times of the day.

Changes in September

The northern hemisphere is going to have quite the shift in bug accessibility this month. Some of the bugs you’ll be able to catch are the common butterfly, yellow butterfly, monarch butterfly, cricket, bell cricket, red dragonfly, violin beetle, pill bug, and centipede. However, as winter approaches, the number of bugs northern hemisphere players can catch decreases. You’ll have until the end of September to catch the tiger butterfly, emperor butterfly, agrias butterfly, Rajah Brooke’s birdwing, Queen Alexandra’s birdwing, atlas moth, Madagascan sunset moth, grasshopper, walker cicada, pondskater, diving beetle, giant water bug, rosalia batesi beetle, earth-boring dung beetle, goliath beetle, rainbow stag, walking leaf, and mosquito.

The southern hemisphere is going to see an increase in bugs that show up and a decrease in bugs leaving as the summer months for the game approach. The newest bugs to catch this month are the yellow butterfly, tiger butterfly, peacock butterfly, mantis, orchid mantis, honeybee, stinkbug, man-faced stink bug, and ladybug. You’ll have until the end of the month to get your hands on an Emperor butterfly, but that’s the only bug leaving at the end of September.

Here is a list of the insects currently available in-game.

Animal Crossing New Horizons bug

Northern hemisphere

  • Common butterfly: Flying, 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. (160 bells)
  • Yellow butterfly: Flying, 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. (160 bells)
  • Tiger butterfly: Flying, 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. (240 bells)
  • Paper kite butterfly: Flying, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (1,000 bells)
  • Monarch butterfly: Flying, 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. (140 bells)
  • Emperor butterfly: Flying, 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. (4,000 bells)
  • Agrias butterfly: Flying, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (2,500 bells)
  • Rajah Brooke’s birdwing: Flying, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (2,500 bells)
  • Queen Alexandra’s birdwing: Flying, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (4,000 bells)
  • Moth: Flying near light sources, 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. (130 bells)
  • Atlas moth: On trees, 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. (3,000 bells)
  • Madagascan sunset moth: Flying, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (2,500 bells)
  • Long locust: On the ground, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (200 bells)
  • Migratory locust: On the ground, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (600 bells)
  • Rice grasshopper: On the ground, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (160 bells)
  • Grasshopper: On the ground, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (160 bells)
  • Cricket: On the ground, 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. (130 bells)
  • Bell cricket: On the ground, 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. (430 bells)
  • Mantis: On flowers, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (430 bells)
  • Orchid mantis: On white flowers, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (2,400 bells)
  • Wasp: Shaking trees, all day (2,500 bells)
  • Walker cicada: On trees, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (400 bells)
  • Red dragonfly: Flying, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (180 bells)
  • Darner dragonfly: Flying, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (230 bells)
  • Banded dragonfly: Flying, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (4,500 bells)
  • Pondskater: On fresh water, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (130 bells)
  • Diving beetle: On fresh water, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (800 bells)
  • Giant water bug: On fresh water, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. (2,000 bells)
  • Stinkbug: On flowers, all day (120 bells)
  • Man-faced stink bug: On flowers, 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. (1,000 bells)
  • Tiger beetle: On the ground, all day (1,500 bells)
  • Violin beetle: On tree stumps, all day (450 bells)
  • Citrus long-horned beetle: On tree stumps, all day (350 bells)
  • Rosalia batesi beetle: On tree stumps, all day (3,000 bells)
  • Earth-boring dung beetle: On the ground, all day (300 bells)
  • Goliath beetle: On palm trees, 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. (8,000 bells)
  • Rainbow stag: On trees, 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. (6,000 bells)
  • Walking stick: On trees, 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (600 bells)
  • Walking leaf: Disguised as leaves, all day (600 bells)
  • Bagworm: Shaking trees, all day (600 bells)
  • Ant: On rotten food, all day (80 bells)
  • Hermit crab: Disguised as shells, 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. (1,000 bells)
  • Wharf roach: On rocks at the beach, all day (200 bells)
  • Fly: On trash, all day (30 bells)
  • Mosquito: Flying, 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. (130 bells)
  • Flea: On villagers, all day (70 bells)
  • Snail: On rocks and bushes during rain, all day (250 bells)
  • Pill bug: Hitting rocks, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (250 bells)
  • Centipede: Hitting rocks, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. (300 bells)
  • Spider: Shaking trees, 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. (480 bells)
  • Scorpion: On the ground, 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. (8,000 bells)

Southern hemisphere

  • Common butterfly: Flying, 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. (160 bells)
  • Yellow butterfly: Flying, 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. (160 bells)
  • Tiger butterfly: Flying, 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. (240 bells)
  • Peacock butterfly: Flying by hybrid flowers, 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. (2,500 bells)
  • Paper kite butterfly: Flying, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (1,000 bells)
  • Emperor butterfly: Flying, 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. (4,000 bells)
  • Moth: Flying near light sources, 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. (130 bells)
  • Mantis: On flowers, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (430 bells)
  • Orchid mantis: On white flowers, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (2,400 bells)
  • Honeybee: Flying, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (200 bells)
  • Wasp: Shaking trees, all day (2,500 bells)
  • Mole cricket: Underground, all day (500 bells)
  • Stinkbug: On flowers, all day (120 bells)
  • Man-faced stink bug: On flowers, 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. (1,000 bells)
  • Ladybug: On flowers, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (200 bells)
  • Tiger beetle: On the ground, all day (1,500 bells)
  • Citrus long-horned beetle: On tree stumps, all day (350 bells)
  • Bagworm: Shaking trees, all day (600 bells)
  • Ant: On rotten food, all day (80 bells)
  • Hermit crab: Disguised as shells, 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. (1,000 bells)
  • Wharf roach: On rocks at the beach, all day (200 bells)
  • Fly: On trash, all day (60 bells)
  • Snail: On rocks and bushes during rain, all day (250 bells)
  • Pill bug: Hitting rocks, 11 p.m. to 4 p.m. (250 bells)
  • Centipede: Hitting rocks, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. (300 bells)
  • Spider: Shaking trees, 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. (480 bells)
  • Tarantula: On the ground, 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. (8,000 bells)

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