Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) Guides

How To Find & Catch The Dung Beetle

The Dung Beetle is a winter bug creature in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! Learn how to find and catch one of these tricky critters in this guide.

Dung Beetle Appearance Months & Times

The Dung Beetle only appears during the winter months of Animal Crossing: New Horizons when there is snow on the ground. For the Southern Hemisphere, you can find the Dung Beetle in June, July, and August. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Dung Beetle can be found in December, January, and February.

During these winter months, you can find the Dung Beetle available all day long! There are no specific times of day, although if you’ve already built a Snowboy for the day, then you’ll need to wait until the next day for more snowballs to appear.

You can sell a Dung Beetle to Timmy & Tommy at Nook’s Cranny for 3,000 Bells .

Where To Find & Catch The Dung Beetle

There’s a reason why you’ll only find the Dung Beetle during the winter months in Animal Crossing: New Horizons — it loves the snow! Dung Beetles can be found rolling snowballs on your island when there’s snow on the ground.

Yes, you heard that right, these crafty bugs actually roll and move your snowballs! So you’ll need to have a snowball on your island in order to find and catch a Dung Beetle. Snowballs will only appear when your island’s ground is fully covered in snow.

When you do have a snowball on your island, just keep checking on it repeatedly by moving away and back towards it periodically until you find a black creature on the snowball rolling it away!

Then just strike your net towards the Dung Beetle on your snowball until you make the catch. Thankfully, the Dung Beetle doesn’t actually run away like most bugs, so if you miss it just try again!

No Dung Beetles When Playing Online Multiplayer

It’s worth noting that the Dung Beetle and Snowballs don’t spawn while another player is visiting you from a faraway island during online multiplayer. This is similar to some other bugs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, like the Ants or Wasps — they don’t appear in online multiplayer either.

That’s unfortunate because it means you can’t visit friends playing in the opposite hemisphere as you when it’s snow season to catch the Dung Beetle early, like Southern Hemisphere players right now during June, July, and August. You’ll just have to wait or time travel it seems.


Special thanks to Murray for contributing photos used in this guide.

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