PSA: Here’s All the Bugs Leaving Animal Crossing: New Horizons Soon

It's a bug hunt, man, a bug hunt!

“As with fish, so too with bugs.” We all remember this famous line from Shakespeare’s “Out of the Silent Planet,” and it has never been more true than it is right now, thanks to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Just like in real life, bugs in New Horizons are more likely to be around during certain parts of the year than others, and simply cannot be found during certain months.

Since March is quickly coming to a blessed close, both Northern and Southern hemisphere islands will soon be saying goodbye to a big ol’ bevvy of bugs — this means you’ve only got until next Wednesday, April 1, to make sure Blathers has one good example of each departing creepy crawler, lest you have to wait literal months for your next opportunity.

[Editor’s note: This isn’t strictly true. Some islanders feel the need to circumnavigate the natural bounds of the universe by utilizing time travel, which we cannot recommend in good faith. We here at Fanbyte do not condone the use of time travel, at least with specific regards to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Time travel may be appropriate in other situations, such as when used to kill Hitler; protect Sarah and/or John Connor from the T-800 or T-1000 model Terminators; or as a last ditch effort to escape a band of Libyan terrorists that were sent a box of pinball machine parts instead of a nuclear bomb.]

To help make fleshing out your Critterpedia just a little bit easier, I’ve compiled a couple of Ctrl+F-able tables showing which bugs are leaving which hemisphere, as well as where you can find them, at what times, and how much they sell for.

If your island is in the Northern hemisphere, all you’ve got to worry about is the Emperor Butterfly. But if you’re in the Southern hemisphere, your list is considerably longer, so read on. As always, shout outs to the industrious data harvesters at the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fandom wiki for compiling this information in the first place.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Northern Hemisphere Bugs (Leaving March, 2020)

Bug Bell Value Location Availability
Emperor Butterfly 4,000 Bells Flying 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Southern Hemisphere Bugs (Leaving March, 2020)

Bug Bell Value Location Availability
Emperor Butterfly 4,000 Bells Flying 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Agrias Butterfly 3,000 Bells Flying 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing 2,500 Bells Flying 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing 4,000 Bells Flying 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Atlas Moth 3,000 Bells On Trees 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Madagascan Sunset Moth 2,500 Bells Flying 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Grasshopper 160 Bells Hopping 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Walker Cicada 400 Bells On Trees 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pondskater 130 Bells Pond and River Surfaces 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Diving Beetle 800 Bells Pond and River Surfaces 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Giant Water Bug 2,000 Bells Pond and River Surfaces 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Rosalia Batesi Beetle 3,000 Bells Tree Stumps Anytime
Earth-boring Dung Beetle 300 Bells Ground Anytime
Goliath Beetle 8,000 Bells On Palm Trees 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Rainbow Stag 6,000 Bells On Trees 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Walking Leaf 600 Bells Under Trees (Disguised as a leaf) Anytime
Mosquito 130 Bells Flying 5 p.m. to 4 a.m.

 

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