Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Catch a Violin Beetle

Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Catch a Violin Beetle

We explain how to catch the long-necked Violin Beetle in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

If you want to catch all the bugs in Animal Crossing New Horizons, at some point you'll have to catch the Violin Beetle, an insect with a long neck and rounded body. We'll show you how to catch a Violin Beetle, how you can make one spawn on your island, and what they're worth when sold.

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How to Catch a Violin Beetle in Animal Crossing New Horizons

To catch a Violin Beetle in Animal Crossing New Horizons, you'll need to make one spawn on your island and be ready to catch it with a net. In order to make one appear, do the following:

  • Make sure that it's in a month where Violin Beetles appear. Unlike many insects, the months in which they show up are erratic: May, June, September, October and November (in the Northern Hemisphere) and March, April, May, November and December (in the Southern Hemisphere).
  • During these months, Violin Beetles can spawn at any time in the day or night.
  • Violin Beetles only spawn on tree stumps, left behind after you cut a tree down (which we've explained how to do here). To maximize the chance of one spawning, cut down a lot of trees, then return to the stumps regularly to see if there's a Violin Beetle sitting on one of them.
  • Once you see it, equip your net and hold down A to approach slowly. Release and swing the net when you're close enough to grab it, and you'll catch it.
A history of violins. | Joel Franey/USgamer, Nintendo

We've been busy plugging away on a bunch more Animal Crossing New Horizons guides. You can find close to 100 guides right here on USG, and if you head to our AC: New Horizons Walkthrough you'll see them all in one handy place. From guides on the different kinds of buildings, to detailed breakdowns of how to catch specific bugs and fish, we've got you covered.

How Much Do Violin Beetles Sell For?

A Violin Beetle, when sold, is worth 450 bells to Nook's Cranny, or 675 bells when sold to Flick the Chameleon, who you can learn about the movements of over here. This isn't an especially high value, but if your island has stumps anyway as part of its look, it might be worth snagging a couple of beetles to make a few extra bells.

There's no need to play the world's smallest violin, because we love writing some of the best Animal Crossing content around. Beetle over to see Nadia's expose on the relationship between Flick and CJ here, or see Caty's experience bugging out in Animal Crossing with her review of New Horizons.

Joel Franey

Guides Writer

Joel loves books, games, comics and drinks that make a person feel like they just got kicked in the head by a mule. He has a Masters in writing from Sussex, which he somehow got by writing about Superman. He is absolutely NOT three children in a long coat, so please stop asking.

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