‘Animal Crossing New Horizons’: How to catch the rarest bugs and fishes

One of the best ways to earn a lot of Bells in Animal Crossing New Horizons is by catching fish and bugs. Beyond that, players also need to catch one of every specie if they want to make their museum complete.

With the way Animal Crossing New Horizons works, certain fish and bugs will only appear after some conditions have been met. These conditions include the time of day, the month, the season, and the location. This makes some creatures rarer than others. Here are a few tips for catching the rarest fish and bugs in the game.


One of the rarest bugs in the game is the Orchid Mantis. They will spawn on flowers from March to November from 8 AM to 5 PM. They’re pretty easy to spot, but they can escape quickly as well. As with most bugs in the game, the best way to catch this is by sneaking up on it from behind. If players want to increase their chances of spawning this bug, then they should plant more flowers.

Scorpions and tarantulas are rare as well. They’re also expensive to sell. They appear at night from 7 PM to 4 AM. Unlike other bugs, they are hostile and can cause the player to faint. As such, it’s best to read up on tips on how to catch them first as they can’t be handled simply by sneaking around.

One of the worst things in Animal Crossing New Horizons is getting bitten by wasps. Wasps can be encountered by shaking trees in the game. Some trees will drop wasp nests once shaken. To catch the hostile bug, players will need to run a great distance first and then prepare to catch the wasp as it goes near.


The most expensive and rarest fishes in the game are the coelacanth, oarfish, and the sunfish. Their fish shadow is the largest, and they can be caught by the beach.

While getting them is pretty rare, there are a few ways to increase their spawn rates. First, players need to stock up on Manila clams so that they can craft fishbait. Fishbait instantly spawns a fish by the water, and it can increase the chance of players catching a rare fish.

To add more to their luck, players should go on fishing trips at Mystery Island Tours. If players are lucky enough, they’ll land on an island that has a ton of rare fishes.

Animal Crossing New Horizons is not only filled with cute villagers, but also with bugs and insects. Players that want to get rich fast, need to master the art of catching the rare ones.

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