Animal Crossing: Catch These Bugs and Fish in May | IGN

A new month in Animal Crossing: New Horizons mean new bugs and fish. In May, the northern hemisphere players get several new additions, while southern hemisphere players will see more leaving by the end of the month. This Animal Crossing bugs and fish guide covers information on all the critters you can catch in May.

Don’t forget, there are two events happening in May. Be sure to visit the Nature Day guide and the May Day guide for details on what you can do for each event and their rewards.

May Bugs and Fish – Northern Hemisphere

Players in the northern hemisphere can catch a total of 43 bugs and 44 fish in May. Of those, we’ll have eight new bugs and eight new fish catchable for the first time since ACNH launched in March.

Let’s kick things off with bugs.

All May Bugs – Northern Hemisphere

Below is a handy infographic that covers where and when you can catch the eight new May bugs for the northern hemisphere. If you’d prefer to use a checklist to keep track of your new bugs, be sure to visit the guide.

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And without further ado, here are all the bugs you can catch in May along with when and where. To see images of all these and use a checklist to keep track of all your bugs, visit the New Horizons bug guide.

row1_2 Animal Crossing: Catch These Bugs and Fish in May | IGNCommon Butterfly

  • Found above Flowers
  • Time: 4 am – 7 pm
  • Sells for 160 Bells

Yellow Butterfly 

  • Found flying around the island
  • Time: 4 am – 7 pm
  • Sells for 160 Bells

Tiger Butterfly

  • Found flying around the island
  • Time: 4 am – 7 pm
  • Sells for 240 Bells

Peacock Butterfly

row2 Animal Crossing: Catch These Bugs and Fish in May | IGNCommon Bluebottle

  • Found flying around the island
  • Time: 4 am – 7 pm
  • Sells for 300 Bells

Paper Kite Butterfly

  • Found flying around the island
  • Time: 8 am – 7 pm
  • Sells for 1,000 Bells

Great Purple Emperor

  • Found flying around the island
  • Time: 4 am – 7 pm
  • Sells for 3,000 Bells

Agrias Butterfly 

  • Found flying around the island
  • Time: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Sells for 3,000 Bells

row3 Animal Crossing: Catch These Bugs and Fish in May | IGNRajah Brooke’s Birdwing

  • Found flying above flowers
  • Time: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Sells for 2,500 Bells

Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing

  • Found flying around the island
  • Time: 8 am – 4 pm
  • Sells for 4,000 Bells

Moth

  • Found flying around light
  • Time: 7 pm – 4 am
  • Sells for 130 Bells

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  • Found on trees (approach them slowly!)
  • Time: 7 pm – 4 am
  • Sells for 3,000 Bells

row4 Animal Crossing: Catch These Bugs and Fish in May | IGNMadagascan Sunset Moth

  • Found flying around the island
  • Time: 8 am – 4 pm
  • Sells for 2,500 Bells

Long Locust

  • Found on the ground around the island
  • Time: 8 am – 7 pm
  • Sells for 200 Bells

Mantis

  • Found on flowers
  • Time: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Sells for 430 Bells

Orchid Mantis

  • Found on white flowers
  • Time: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Sells for 2,400 Bells

row5 Animal Crossing: Catch These Bugs and Fish in May | IGNHoneybee

  • Found above flowers
  • Time: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Sells for 200 Bells

Wasp

Darner Dragonfly

  • Found flying around the island
  • Time: 8 am – 5pm
  • Sells for 230 Bells

Banded Dragonfly

  • Found flying around the island
  • Time: 8 am – 5pm
  • Sells for 4,500 Bells

row6 Animal Crossing: Catch These Bugs and Fish in May | IGNMole Cricket (Leaving after May)

  • Found underground by digging it up
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 500 Bells

Pondskater

  • Found ay ponds and rivers
  • Time: 8 am – 7 pm
  • Sells for 130 Bells

Diving Beetle

  • Found at ponds and rivers
  • Time: 8 am – 7 pm
  • Sells for 800 Bells

Giant Water Bug

  • Found at ponds and rivers
  • Time: 7 pm – 8 am
  • Sells for 2,000 Bells

row7 Animal Crossing: Catch These Bugs and Fish in May | IGNStinkbug

  • Found on flowers
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 120 Bells

Man-faced Stink Bug

  • Found on flowers
  • Time: 7 pm – 8 am
  • Sells for 1,000 Bells

Ladybug

  • Found on flowers
  • Time: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Sells for 200 Bells

Tiger Beetle

  • Found hopping around the island quickly
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 1,500 Bells

row8 Animal Crossing: Catch These Bugs and Fish in May | IGNJewel Beetle

  • Found on tree stumps
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 2,400 Bells

Citrus Long-honored Beetle

  • Found on tree stumps
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 350 Bells

Rosalia Batesi Beetle

  • Found on tree stumps
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 3,000 Bells

Violin Beetle

  • Found on trees
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 450 Bells

row9 Animal Crossing: Catch These Bugs and Fish in May | IGNBagworm

  • Found in trees by shaking
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 600 Bells

Ant

  • Found on rotten turnips and fruit
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 80 Bells

Hermit Crab

  • Found on the beach
  • Time: 7 pm – 8 am
  • Sells for 1,000 Bells

Warf Roach

  • Found on rocks on the beach
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 200 Bells

row10 Animal Crossing: Catch These Bugs and Fish in May | IGNFly

  • Found on rotten fruit and garbage
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 60 Bells

Flea

  • Found on flea-infested villagers
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 70 Bells

Snail

  • Found on rocks in the rain
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 250 Bells

Pill Bug

  • Found by hitting rocks
  • Time: 11 pm – 4 pm
  • Sells for 250 Bells

row11 Animal Crossing: Catch These Bugs and Fish in May | IGNCentipede 

  • Found by hitting rocks
  • Time: 5 pm – 11 pm
  • Sells for 300 Bells

Spider

  • Found by shaking trees
  • Time: 7 pm – 8 am
  • Sells for 480 Bells

Scorpion

  • Found on the ground
  • Time: 7 pm – 4 am
  • Sells for 8,000 Bells

All May Fish – Northern Hemisphere

Use the handy infographic below to get the details on the eight new fish available in May for the northern hemisphere. If you’d prefer to use a checklist to keep track of your new fish, be sure to visit the guide.

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Here are all the fish you can catch in May along with when, where, and shadow size. To see images of all these fish and use a checklist to keep track of all your fish, visit the New Horizons fish guide.

Pale Chub 

  • River, tiny shadow
  • Time: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sells for 160 Bells

Crucian Carp

  • River, small shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 160 Bells

Dace

  • River, medium shadow
  • Time: 4 pm – 9 am
  • Sells for 240 Bells

Carp

  • Pond, large shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 300 Bells

Koi

  • Pond, large shadow
  • Time: 4 pm – 9 am
  • Sells for 4,000 Bells

Goldfish

  • Pond, tiny shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 1,300 Bells

Pop-eyed Goldfish

  • Pond, tiny shadow
  • Time: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sells for 1,300 Bells

Ranchu Goldfish

  • Pond, small shadow
  • Time: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sells for 4,500

Killifish

  • Pond, tiny shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 300 Bells

Crawfish

  • Pond, small shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 200 Bells

Snapping Turtle

  • River, large shadow
  • Time: 9 pm – 4 am
  • Sells for 5,000 Bells

Tadpole

  • Pond, tiny shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 100 Bells

Frog

  • Pond, small shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 120 Bells

Freshwater Goby

  • River, small shadow
  • Time: 4 pm – 9 am
  • Sells for 400 Bells

Loach (Leaving after May)

  • River, small shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 400 Bells

Catfish

    • Pond, large shadow
    • Time: 4 pm – 9 am
    • Sells for 800 Bells

 

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  • River, small shadow
  • Time: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sells for 180 Bells

Black Bass

  • River, large shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 400 Bells

Cherry Salmon 

  • River (clifftop), medium shadow
  • Time: 4 pm – 9 am
  • Sells for 1,000 Bells

Char

  • River (clifftop), medium shadow
  • Time: 4 pm – 9 am
  • Sells for 3,800 Bells

Golden Trout

  • River (clifftop), medium shadow
  • Time: 4 pm – 9 am
  • Sells for 15,000 Bells

Guppy

  • River, tiny shadow
  • Time: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sells for 1,300 Bells

Nibble Fish

  • River, tiny shadow
  • Time: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sells for 1,500 Bells

Angelfish

  • River, small shadow
  • Time: 4 pm – 9 am
  • Sells for 3,000 Bells

Betta

  • River, small shadow
  • Time: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sells for 2,500 Bells

Neon Tetra

  • River, tiny shadow
  • Time: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sells for 500 Bells

Rainbowfish 

  • River, tiny shadow
  • Time: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sells for 800 Bells

Seahorse 

  • Ocean, tiny shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 1,100 Bells

Clownfish

  • Ocean, tiny shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 650 Bells

Surgeonfish 

  • Ocean, small shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 1,000 Bells

Butterfly Fish

  • Ocean, small shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 1,000 Bells

Zebra Turkeyfish

  • Ocean, medium shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 500 Bells

Anchovy

  • Ocean, small shadow
  • Time: 4 am – 9 pm
  • Sells for 200 bells

Horse Mackerel

  • Ocean, small shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 150 Bells

Barred Knifejaw

  • Ocean, medium shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 5,000 Bells

Sea Bass

  • Ocean, extra-large shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 400 Bells

Red Snapper

  • Ocean, large shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 3,000 Bells

Olive Flounder

  • Ocean, extra-large shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 800 Bells

Squid

  • Ocean, medium shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 500 Bells

Giant Trevally 

  • Ocean Pier, extra-large shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 4,500 Bells

Mahi-Mahi

  • Ocean Pier, extra-large shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 6,000 Bells

Oarfish (Leaves after May)

  • Ocean, extra-large shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 9,000 Bells

Barreleye

  • Ocean, small shadow
  • Time: 9 pm – 4 am
  • Sells for 15,000 Bells

Coelacanth 

  • Ocean (rainy days), extra-large shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 15,000 Bells

May Bugs and Fish – Southern Hemisphere

Animal Crossing players in the southern hemisphere have a few new bugs and fish, but far more are leaving at the end of the month. May brings three new bugs (including the dreaded tarantula) and five new fish.

Let’s get started with the May bug list for the southern hemisphere.

All May Bugs – Southern Hemisphere

There are a total of 27 bugs flying and crawling around the island this month, and three of them are new. If you’d prefer to use a checklist to keep track of your new bugs, be sure to visit the guide.

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If you’re on the lookout for new bugs, you’ll want to catch these three:

Damselfly

  • Found flying around the island
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 500 Bells

Mole Cricket

  • Found by digging it up from its underground hideout
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 500 Bells

Tarantula 

  • Found around the island on the ground
  • Time: 7 pm – 4 am
  • Sells for 8,000 Bells

The tarantula replaces the scorpion as the island aggressor. Below are the rest of the bugs you can catch in May.

Common Butterfly

  • Found above Flowers
  • Time: 4 am – 7 pm
  • Sells for 160 Bells

Paper Kite Butterfly

  • Found flying around the island
  • Time: 8 am – 7 pm
  • Sells for 1,000 Bells

Monarch Butterfly

  • Found flying around the island
  • Time: 4 am – 5 pm
  • Sells for 140 Bells

Moth

  • Found flying around light
  • Time: 7 pm – 4 am
  • Sells for 130 Bells

Long Locust

  • Found on the ground around the island
  • Time: 8 am – 7 pm
  • Sells for 200 Bells

Rice Grasshopper (Leaving after May)

  • Found on the ground around the island
  • Time: 8 am – 7 pm
  • Sells for 160 Bells

Cricket (Leaving after May)

  • Found on the ground around the island
  • Time: 5 pm – 8 am
  • Sells for 130 Bells

Orchid Mantis

  • Found on white flowers
  • Time: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Sells for 2,400 Bells

Violin Beetle

  • Found on trees
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 450 Bells

Walking Stick (Leaving after May)

  • Found on trees
  • Time: 4 am – 8 am and 5 pm – 7pm
  • Sells for 600 Bells

Bagworm

  • Found in trees by shaking
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 600 Bells

Ant

  • Found on rotten turnips and fruit
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 80 Bells

Hermit Crab

  • Found on the beach
  • Time: 7 pm – 8 am
  • Sells for 1,000 Bells

Warf Roach

  • Found on rocks on the beach
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 200 Bells

Fly

  • Found on rotten fruit and garbage
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 60 Bells

Flea

  • Found on flea-infested villagers
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 70 Bells

Pill Bug

  • Found by hitting rocks
  • Time: 11 pm – 4 pm
  • Sells for 250 Bells

Centipede 

  • Found by hitting rocks
  • Time: 5 pm – 11 pm
  • Sells for 300 Bells

Spider

  • Found by shaking trees
  • Time: 7 pm – 8 am
  • Sells for 480 Bells

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All May Fish – Southern Hemisphere

There are five new fish available in the southern hemisphere in May. They all sell for a reasonable to exceptionally high price. 

Bitterling

  • River, tiny shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 900 Bells

Blowfish

  • Ocean, medium shadow
  • Time: 9 pm – 4 am
  • Sells for 5,000 Bells

Blue Marlin

  • Ocean Pier, extra-large shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 10,000 Bells

Football Fish

  • Ocean, large shadow
  • Time: 4 pm – 9 am
  • Sells for 2,500 Bells

Tuna

  • Ocean Pier
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 7,000 Bells

Including the five above, there are a total of 37 catchable fish in May for the southern hemisphere. To see images of all these fish and use a checklist to keep track of all your fish, visit the New Horizons fish guide. Otherwise, you can check out shadow details, location, and time of the other May fish below.

Pale Chub 

  • River, tiny shadow
  • Time: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sells for 160 Bells

Crucian Carp

  • River, small shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 160 Bells

Dace

  • River, medium shadow
  • Time: 4 pm – 9 am
  • Sells for 240 Bells

Carp

  • Pond, large shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 300 Bells

Koi

  • Pond, large shadow
  • Time: 4 pm – 9 am
  • Sells for 4,000 Bells

Goldfish

  • Pond, tiny shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 1,300 Bells

Pop-eyed Goldfish

  • Pond, tiny shadow
  • Time: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sells for 1,300 Bells

Ranchu Goldfish

  • Pond, small shadow
  • Time: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sells for 4,500

Freshwater Goby

  • River, small shadow
  • Time: 4 pm – 9 am
  • Sells for 400 Bells

Bluegill

  • River, small shadow
  • Time: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sells for 180 Bells

Yellow Perch

  • River, medium shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 300 Bells

Black Bass

  • River, large shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 400 Bells

Pike

  • River, extra-large shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 1,800 Bells

Cherry Salmon 

  • River (clifftop), medium shadow
  • Time: 4 pm – 9 am
  • Sells for 1,000 Bells

Char (Leaving after May)

  • River (clifftop), medium shadow
  • Time: 4 pm – 9 am
  • Sells for 3,800 Bells

Golden Trout (Leaving after May)

  • River (clifftop), medium shadow
  • Time: 4 pm – 9 am
  • Sells for 15,000 Bells

Mitten Crab (Leaving after May)

  • River, small shadow
  • Time: 4 pm – 9 am
  • Sells for 2,000 Bells

Guppy (Leaving after May)

  • River, tiny shadow
  • Time: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sells for 1,300 Bells

Neon Tetra (Leaving after May)

  • River, tiny shadow
  • Time: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sells for 500 Bells

sturgeon-720x405 Animal Crossing: Catch These Bugs and Fish in May | IGNSturgeon

  • River mouth (where the river meets the ocean), extra-large shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 10,000 Bells

Seahorse (Leaving after May) 

  • Ocean, tiny shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 1,100 Bells

Zebra Turkeyfish (Leaving after May)

  • Ocean, medium shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 500 Bells

Anchovy

  • Ocean, small shadow
  • Time: 4 am – 9 pm
  • Sells for 200 bells

Horse Mackerel

  • Ocean, small shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 150 Bells

Barred Knifejaw (Leaving after May)

  • Ocean, medium shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 5,000 Bells

Sea Bass

  • Ocean, extra-large shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 400 Bells

Red Snapper

  • Ocean, large shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 3,000 Bells

Olive Flounder

  • Ocean, extra-large shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 800 Bells

Ray

  • Ocean, extra-large shadow
  • Time: 4 am – 9 pm
  • Sells for 3,000 Bells

Barreleye

  • Ocean, small shadow
  • Time: 9 pm – 4 am
  • Sells for 15,000 Bells

Coelacanth 

  • Ocean (rainy days), extra-large shadow
  • Time: All day
  • Sells for 15,000 Bells

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And that’s it for what you can catch in May in Animal Crossing. For even more guides, including a guide on how to spot fake art and how to get a 5-star island rating, be sure to visit the full Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide.

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Miranda Sanchez is an executive editor at IGN and has clocked in over 250 hours in Animal Crossing: New Horizons so far. You can chat with her about video games and anime on Twitter.
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