Like their real-world counterparts, the fish and bugs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons come and go with the seasons. As March ends, several critters will be, ahem, marching away (for now) in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Have you caught them all?
To help you double-check that you’ve filled in your Critterpedia and donated to Blathers at the Museum, we’ve compiled this list of all the creatures that will be leaving and where to find them.
Tip: Look for the owl icon in your Critterpedia to check if your Museum has a specimen already!
The Emperor Butterfly (5PM to 8AM) will take flight at the end of the month for both hemispheres, but it will be back again at the beginning of June. With a solid 4,000 Bells per catch, be sure to take full advantage of these butterflies while they're around!
|Sea Butterfly||Sea||All hours|
|Sturgeon||River (Mouth)||All hours|
|Yellow Perch||River||All hours|
None! Other than the Emperor Butterfly mentioned above.
|Butterfly Fish||Sea||All hours|
|Giant Trevally||Pier||All hours|
|Great White Shark||Sea||4PM-9AM|
|King Salmon||River (Mouth)||All hours|
|Piranha||River||9AM-4PM & 9PM-4AM|
|Puffer Fish||Sea||All hours|
|Salmon||River (Mouth)||All hours|
|Whale Shark||Sea||All hours|
|Eath-Boring Dung Beetle||Ground||All hours|
|Madagascan Sunset Moth||In the Air||8AM-4PM|
|Mosquito||In the Air||5PM-4AM|
|Rajah Brooke's Birdwing||Prefers Purple, Blue, and Black Flowers||8AM-5PM|
|Rosalia Batesi Beetle||Stumpts||All hours|
|Tiger Beetle||Ground||All hours|
|Tiger Butterfly||In the Air||4AM-7PM|
|Walking Leaf||Beneath Trees||All hours|
In case you're struggling to find them all, there are a few strategies that might help.
First, see those little spurts of water on the beach sometimes? Grab your shovel and dig! They're usually manila clams, which can be crafted to make bait. Use bait by water to get another fish to spawn. This can be especially helpful for getting fish in smaller spawn areas, like river mouths (where the rivers meet the sea) and ponds.
If you're looking for bugs, be sure they have plenty of places to spawn. Plant lots of flowers (and variety! Some bugs prefer certain flowers), shake trees (with net in hand), and be sure to chop down some trees and leave the stumps. If you hear a bug but can't find it, try following the sound to the loudest spot and digging. Some bugs hide underground!
That's all for now! Stay tuned for full fishing and bug catching guides coming soon, and good luck catching the rest of the March critters!