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How to Catch Bugs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Bugs are everywhere in Animal Crossing: New Horizons – and you’ll want to catch them for your museum or to sell. Here’s how.

If you’ve made your way to your brand new deserted island then you’ve probably come face-to-face with some of the most formidable foes in the Animal Crossing universe: bugs. I’m talking creepy crawlies, icky insects, you know the ones.

But, unfortunately, it’s a way of life in Animal Crossing. Catching and selling bugs for money. A totally normal way of gaining currency. But how do you catch bugs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

It’s actually very simple. At a certain point during your first day on the island, you’ll talk to good ol’ Tom Nook who will give you the recipe for a bug net. You’ll need to go around the island if you haven’t already and pick up some loose tree branches. Then go back to Nook’s tent when you’ve collected enough and he’ll give you access to his DIY Workbench. From there you’ll be able to craft a Flimsy Net.

Once you’ve got your net in hand, wander around the island and you’ll surely come across a beetle, butterfly, spider, roach, or other equally hair-raising monstrosities. If you’re nervous about scaring them away you can hold down the “A” button to more or less “ready” an attack. Let go when you’re at just the right distance away from the creature and you’ll catch it no problem.

You don’t really have to ready your net if you don’t want to, but it helps a lot against bugs that hang out on trees or tree stumps so they don’t get away. Feel free to run right up to a butterfly, they don’t give a crap about you.

And there you have it, best of luck catching all kinds of horrid bugs.

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Becca knew that she would be addicted to video games for the rest of her life when she saw the first pixelated zombie shambling across her TV screen while playing Resident Evil 3. She particularly enjoys being scared, laughing until she cries, or just plain crying while experiencing games. When she isn't playing games she loves spoiling her cat Usagi and eating any kind of sushi she can find.