Bug-Catching

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Bug-Catching is one of the many different activities in the Animal Crossing Series among Fishing and Fossil-Hunting. This is one of the activities that is not only essential to progressing through any installment of the Animal Crossing series, but is also featured as part of a set of preset hobbies that each CPU villager takes part in for their own reasons regarding their personalities. While this activity doesn't commonly rake in the Bells as effectively as Fishing would on a regular basis, the Bug-Catching world still offers a handsome selection of rare, high-selling specimens of bug, such as the Oak Silk Moth.

[edit] The Basics

[edit] Bug Net

The Bug Net as it appears in your Inventory

The Net is the only tool required for this activity and, just like Fishing, asks for honed patience and timing when wielding this item in order to capture various breeds of bug, especially the hard-to-find ones. The Net can be found on the shelf at Nook's nearly every day and sell for a mere 500 Bells(as well as a short summary offered by old Tom). Sometimes Tom Nook might sell a silver net which has a bigger net and makes catching bugs easier.

[edit] Locations

There are various types of bugs which can show up nearly everywhere and can prove to be either easy or difficult to capture. Examples consist of tree trunks, flowers, grass, tree tops, and just flying in the open air. There are also a couple breeds of bugs which can only be attracted and caught using a scrap of garbage or a piece of candy after they're left outside for awhile. Some exceedingly rare specimens, such as the elusive Orchid Mantis, can only be found during the Spring season(since their bodies take after the common cherry blossom)resting on top of white flowers and white flowers alone. Many of the larger rare bugs, such as the Oak Silk Moth rest on tree trunks during particular hours of the day and are easily scared off if the Player approaches too quickly. All in all, care and patience must be taken in order to fully complete your Bug Log.

[edit] Advanced Bug-Catching Tips

Never move too fast if you are looking for a bug that rests on trees. This is very important, especially if you're trying to make Bells off of these bugs. The rarest bugs rest on Coconut trees, and even walking will scare them. Creeping around is the best way to catch these bugs and make sure to swing your Net with precise timing.

Landscape your trees. It is much easier to not run into trees that bugs are resting on if you place stumps to guide your paths. If you place trees in a certain way you can not only see the trunks of the trees in the row closer to you but also the second row of trees further away.

For example if you have trees set up like such...

X= empty space T= tree

XXXXX
TXTXT<second row of trees
XXXXX
TXTXT<row in front
XXXXX

The row in the front is blocking your vision of the second row of trees. However if you set trees up like such...

XXXXX
TXTXT<second row visible
XXXXX
XTXTX<front row visible
XXXXX

You can see two rows of trees increasing your chances of catching bugs. This is instead of running into a tree in the second row and scaring a bug off that you could not see due to the first row blocking your vision.

Another thing to take note of is if you have a tree far too close to a cliff or the sea like so...

C= cliff or sea or river

XXXXX
TXTXT< turn these trees into stumps
XXXXX
CCCCC

It is hard to get the correct angle to catch a bug on those trees which are too close to an edge. It is better to leave these edges as stumps instead.


Some bugs only land on coconut trees, some only on stumps, and some only on certain colour flowers. Read up all the bugs and the methods to catch them. When dealing with tarantulas and scorpions, run around without a net. For whatever reason they do not sting you when you do not have a net out which will let you corral them into a better area and line up your shot before bringing the net out and making them charge you.


Learn to find out which bugs are which by the way they look. Again, this only matters if you are completing the Museum or trying to make Bells. If you can, it's also best to memorize how much (basically) a bug will sell for. There are many kinds of bugs, so it's hard to do this, but if you are a die-hard bug catcher, you'll eventually be able to memorize this.

Last edited by Amsey on 12 August 2012 at 09:04
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