There is so much to do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons that it can be overwhelming at times. For example, every month there is a fresh lot of bugs and fish that can be caught by players before they disappear the next month. One of these bugs is the Dung Beetle, a small insect whom you’ll find running around your island during the snowy seasons. In this guide, we are going to take a look at how to catch a Dung Beetle in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Dung Beetle: Month, Location, and How to Catch

While they may be known for collecting stinky substances in our world, in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you’ll find Dung Beetles hanging around snowballs. In the Northern Hemisphere, you can catch a Dung Beetle in December - February, while in the Southern Hemisphere you can catch them in June - August.

Further, you can find a New Horizons Dung Beetle at any time of the day, as long as they’re in season. As we mentioned above, you’ll find the insect rolling snowballs around your island during the winter months, and are generated randomly. So if you run around for a minute or two during a cold month, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one. Additionally, if you don’t catch one with your net on the first go around, they won’t run away like some of the other bugs, so you’ll have plenty of chances!

To help out, we’ve created a handy table that will tell you everything you need to know about how to catch the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Dung Beetle.


Dung Beetle

Northern Hemisphere:

December - February

Southern Hemisphere:

June - August


All Day


3,000 Bells



Upon catching the stinky creature, players can either donate it to the museum or sell it for 3,000 Bells - which is a pretty good deal considering they’re easier to catch. However, there are some more expensive creatures coming to New Horizons in June, so if you’re feeling lucky you can try your hand at catching something like a Great White Shark. 

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Now that you know how to catch a Dung Beetle in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you should be able to add it to your collection fairly easily. If you need a break from bug hunting, you can participate in the New Horizons wedding event that will be taking place the whole month of June. It’ll be up to you to help the happy couple get the perfect shot to celebrate their big day, and if you can get the right shot, you’ll be given a wedding-themed gift for your own island!

Once you’ve added the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Dung Beetle to your collection, you’ll probably want to start collecting some of the other new bugs and fish that were added into the game in June. We’ve included some links to our guides below to help out!

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