How to Catch Bugs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Bug Catching, like Fishing is another one of the main mechanics in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. There are so many species to collect, with each season, time and date effecting the types of bugs which spawn. Below, we’re going to show you how to catch Bugs if you’re still at the start of the game.

This guide was created during the first week of Animal Crossing: New Horizons release on the Nintendo Switch. Depending on when you’re reading this guide, some thing may be different due to future updates. However we’ll always try to come back and update these guides! For more of our Animal Crossing: New Horizons Guides & Best-of lists, make sure to check out our dedicated area here!

How to Catch Bugs

First, you need to craft a Flimsy Net at Tom Nook’s DIY Workbench in the Plaza. It’s cheap to craft, only requiring 5 Tree Branches. You may need to give him at least 1 creature to unlock this DIY Recipe.

Crafting a Flimsy Net

Now that you have the Flimsy Net, start looking around your island for any Bugs you find. These come in many variations such as Spiders, Butterfly’s, Dragonfly’s, Beatles and much more. They’re fast moving, so follow them. If they cross the river, they might be inaccessible. 

A Bug (Butterfly) indicated by a red circle

Now, go into your Inventory by pressing X on the Nintendo Switch and equip your Flimsy Net. You’ll need to get close to the bug and make sure you’re facing it, leaving around a 1 block gap between you and the bug. Press the A to throw your net.

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Catching a Bug

Hopefully, you would have caught the Bug, if you didn’t, just try again. Once caught, you’ll be able to sell it, display it or take it to the Museum. Repeat this process for any other bugs you find in Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

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Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!