Animal Crossing: New Horizons: How To Catch A Violin Beetle

Beet you'll struggle with this one.

Just when you think you’re getting tired of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a new thing comes along that distracts you from your responsibilities for a few hours. We get new bugs each month, one of the new bugs for May being the eye-catching Violin Beetle.

The Violin Beetle will fetch you quite a lot of Bells as a semi-rare bug, though its unique design may make it a great bug to have around your house. You sadly cannot use it as an instrument, we have tried.

Here’s all the info you need to catch the Violin Beetle in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. If you need a whole load more New Horizons guides, we have your back.


Violin Beetle Quick Facts

Violin Beetle
Violin Beetle
NameLocationTime of DayPriceFlick PriceSeasonality
Violin BeetleTree StumpsAll Day450 Bells675 BellsMay-Jun, Sept-Nov

“I caught a violin beetle! Apparently I’m as fit as a fiddle.”

As you may have been able to guess from its name, the Violin Beetle is shaped somewhat like a violin with brown colouring.


Violin Beetle Location & Time of Day

Violin Beetles are very interesting bugs to catch in New Horizons as if you have a completely pristine island, you may never find one. You have to cut down some trees and intentionally leave tree stumps behind instead of removing them.

They do spawn quite frequently, however, and seeing as they are available throughout the entire day, you should have no trouble finding a Violin Beetle as long as you check your tree stumps frequently. The rarer Rosalia Batesi Beetle, meanwhile, may be a little trickier.

As always, you will need at least a flimsy net to catch the Giant Violin beetle. If you’re having trouble finding one, don’t forget to run around off-screen and then back to a tree stump as this will make a spawn more likely.


Violin Beetle Price

Violin Beetle
Violin Beetle

Once you’ve caught a Giant Violin Beetle in New Horizons, don’t forget to turn it into Blathers at the museum to add it to his collection.

Here’s what Blathers has to tell you about the Violin Beetle:

“The violin beetle gets its name from its shape. That is, SOME think it, resembles the stringed instrument. If you ask me, this is an insult to violins! With its flat body and small head, the violin beetle looks like nothing but a repulsive bug, plain and simple. In fact it is so repulsive, it oozes a foul liquid when frightened! Ugh! This insect strikes a sour note indeed.”

When you catch your second Violin Beetle, you can then sell it to Nook’s Cranny for 450 Bells.

You can also hold onto it until Flick arrives on your island, who will then buy it for 20% more than usual for a price of 675 Bells. You can also give him three of them and he will give you a Violin Beetle model in return.


When Are Violin Beetles Available Until?

The Violin Beetle has one of the most interesting spawn rates in the game. It’s available for two different periods throughout the year.

You can first catch it between May and June, and then later in the year between September and November. We’re fairly certain this is the only bug in the game that has a spawn calendar like this.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which is out now exclusively for Switch, is a game that will bug your social life. From our review:

“New Horizons is a great continuation of an already fantastic series of games, and paying back Tom Nook’s loan has never been so fun.”

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