May is almost over, meaning some of the wildlife in Animal Crossing: New Horizons will soon no longer be available. Since the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere are currently on different seasons, their wildlife is different as well. If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, check out my article about the changes there instead. Now lets see what bugs and fish you have to catch before they disappear when May ends.
Let’s go over the bugs first. There are 10 bugs leaving, but luckily they are all common to see around the island. So you should have no issues catching these bugs. I will start with the Monarch Butterfly, which like all butterflies, spends its time near flowers. They are active between 4 and 5 P.M, and will be easy to spot around your flowers.
While we are talking about flowers, the Orchid Mantis and Mantis are leaving too. The Mantis can be found on any flower, but the Orchid Mantis only lives on white flowers. So if you do not have any white flowers, you should acquire some fast. These bugs can only be found sitting on flowers between 8 A.M. and 5 P.M. They are skittish, and will fly away if you get too close. Make sure you approach slowly, with your net ready to grab them.
Next we have the ground dwelling bugs that you can see hopping around your island. They are the Long Locust, Migratory Locust, Rice Grasshopper, and Cricket. The Long Locust, Migratory Locust, and Rice Grasshopper are active from 8 A.M. to 7 P.M. These bugs look really similar from a distance, but do have small differences.
Long Locusts are entirely green and have the biggest legs. Migratory Locusts have brown backs with some green. Rice Grasshoppers have a small amount of brown on their backs, with mostly green on their body, and are the smallest ones. When trying to catch these, you must be careful because they will hop into water and de-spawn. You can catch them by slowly walking up to them, or intercepting their hops.
As for the Crickets, these spawn between 5 P.M. and 8 A.M. and can be found chirping on the ground. They are all brown and not fast at all. Catching a Cricket will be a breeze compared to the Locusts.
Now for the tree dwelling bugs: the Violin Beetle and Walking Stick. The Violin Beetle is only found on tree stumps, but it can be spotted at any time. I would suggest having 5-10 tree stumps on your island for bugs like these. It does not matter if the stumps are in one area or spread out. Violin Beetles are skittish and will fly away if you run or walk near them. To catch one, you will need your net at the ready as you walk slowly towards the stump.
Walking Sticks are a different story. They spawn between 4 A.M. and 8 A.M, and between 5 P.M. and 7 P.M, and they show up on tree trunks, not stumps. Like the Violin Beetles, they will de-spawn if you run or walk too close to them. When you see one, take care to move slowly if you want to catch it. Walking Sticks can be difficult to see because of their slim figures.
The last bug leaving is the Flea, which I’m sure your villagers will be happy about. Fleas only spawn on villagers after all, and make them itch like crazy. To find Fleas, you must pay attention to your villagers walking about the island. Watch them closely and if you see a black dot hopping on their head, that is a flea. To catch it, just hit the villager’s head with your net. Not only will you catch a flea, but you earn bonus friendship points with the villager.
With the bugs covered, let’s move onto the fish. Surprisingly, only ocean fish are cycling out this month. Another bonus is that they are all common fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and will be easy to find. The ones leaving are the Sea Horse, Zebra Turkeyfish, Barred Knifejaw, and Ray.
The Sea Horse, Zebra Turkeyfish and Barred Knifejaw can be found all day. Sea Horses are the easiest to identify since they have the smallest shadow possible, while the other two have size 3 shadows. If you ever have trouble finding any of these fish, you can always dig up some clams for fish bait.
As for the Ray, it spawns between 4 A.M. and 9 P.M. This kind of makes it an all-day fish too, since it cannot be found late at night. Rays are a size 5 fish, so unfortunately they share a spawn table with Sea Bass. This makes them slightly rarer to find, but as long as you fish you will get one. If any fish gives you trouble, you can always go to another island with Nook Miles Tickets, since these islands have higher fish spawning rates than your own.
That sums up everything you have to catch before June. While the list is large, everything on it is easy to obtain. I hope this has helped you out, and good luck finishing your Museum and Critterpedia!