Animal Crossing: New Horizons December Bugs List

A new month is here, and that means new bugs in New Horizons. Here's every December bug in Animal Crossing, plus where to find them.

December is here, and that means new bugs for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Winter is typically a quiet season in Animal Crossing, but December sees some iconic bugs show up on northern hemisphere islands and some valuable ones in the southern hemisphere, as well.

Here are all the new bugs for December in Animal Crossing, plus where and when to find them.

Here are what the locations mean in the tables below so you have some more context:

  • Flying — These insects will be flying freely about the island.
  • Flying near flowers — These bugs prefer flowers, so make sure you've got a few planted to attract them.
  • On trees — These insects will be hanging out on tree trunks.
  • Rolling snowballs — Pretty self-explanatory. Once the ground is covered with snow, you'll sometimes find a snowball moving of its own accord, or so it seems. Smack it with your bug net, and you'll catch a prize.

December Bugs Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Northern Hemisphere)

Not much happens with the bug life in December, though the dung beetle makes its first appearance in the northern hemisphere.

Bug Price Location Time
Rajah Brooke's Birdwing (butterfly) 2,500 Bells Flying around  5 p.m. - 8 a.m. Dec - Feb, Apr - Sep
Dung Beetle 3,000 Bells Rolling snowballs  All hours, Dec - Feb
Emperor Butterfly 4,000 Bells Flying near flowers 5 p.m. - 8 a.m. Dec - Mar, June - Sep

 

December Bugs Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Southern Hemisphere)

December kicks off the summer months in the southern hemisphere, introducing all manner of bugs. Some are worth a fair few Bells, and you can expect to find them on Nook Miles Islands as well.

Bug Price Location Time
Emperor Butterfly 4,000 Bells Flying near flowers  5 p.m. - 8 a.m., Dec - Mar, June - Sep
Firefly 300 Bells Flying around  7 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Drone Beetle 200 Bells On trees  All hours, Dec - Feb
Mosquito 130 Bells Flying around  5 p.m. - 4 a.m., Dec - Mar
Rainbow Stag 6,000 Bells On trees  7 p.m. - 8 a.m., Dec - Mar
Goliath Beetle 8,000 Bells On trees 5 p.m. - 8 a.m., Dec - Mar

 

That's it for December bugs in AC:NH. Be sure to check out our other Animal Crossing: New Horizons guides for more tips on living your best island life, including our December fish list.

Contributor

Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Dec. 7th 2020

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