Animal Crossing: New Horizons — Flick bug-catching guide

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Flick
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Crafting nets to catch lots of bugs is a constant part of the Animal Crossing world. Whether you're trying to fill your museum or just selling bugs for spare Bells, you pretty much always want to be on the lookout for the rare and expensive bugs. Sometimes, though, you'll want to be catching every single bug you see. Specifically when Flick arrives on your island, net in hand, ready to pay extra for all your creepy crawlies!

Who is Flick and why does he want my bugs?

Animal Crossing New Horions Flick Intro (Image credit: iMore/Casian Holly)

Flick is a new character to the Animal Crossing series and a special visitor to your island. He's a bright red chameleon who has a major obsession with bugs. He takes the place of Nat as the host of Bug Offs, and he will visit your island on occasion asking for any and all bugs you can catch. Even better, he buys them at a premium. Flick will pay 150% of what you can get at Nook's Cranny for any bug. He'll even take your commissions for sculptures of bugs. His visits are mostly random (with the exception of the Bug Offs) and when he arrives, he will stay the entire day, leaving at 5 a.m.

What's a Bug Off?

Animal Crossing New Horions Flick Villagers (Image credit: iMore/Casian Holly)

A Bug Off is a special event that happens every third Saturday of certain months, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. In the Northern Hemisphere, Bug Offs occur on the third Saturday of June, July, August, and September. In the Southern Hemisphere, Bug Offs occur on the third Saturday of November, December, January, and February. On the days when your island is hosting a Bug Off, Isabelle will say so over the announcements in the morning. You can talk to Flick in the plaza when you want to enter.

The entry fee is only 500 Bells, and your first time is free. Once you enter, you have to catch as many bugs as possible in just three minutes. Every bug you catch is worth one point, but the third gets you two extra points, equaling five points for every three bugs. But don't think you'll be the only one catching bugs. Your villagers will also be picking up their nets to compete. At the end of the Bug Off, whoever has the most points wins.

You can also exchange 10 points for a prize chosen at random from the following:

  • Artisanal Bug Cage
  • Bug Aloha Shirt
  • Bug Cage
  • Bug Wand
  • Butterfly Backpack
  • Butterfly Wall
  • Ladybug Rug
  • Ladybug Umbrella
  • Spider Doorplate
  • Spider Web
  • Termite Mound
  • Toy Centipede
  • Toy Cockroach

What are the best bugs to sell to Flick?

Animal Crossing New Horizons Flick Peacock Butterfly Price

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While Flick will pay a lot for any bugs you catch, if you want to make the most Bells, you want to aim for the really expensive bugs. Depending on the time of year, and how much you've prepared, your options could be limited. Here are all the most expensive bugs, when and where you catch them, and how much they can be sold for:

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BugMonths*HoursLocationPriceFlick's Price
Agris ButterflyApril to September8 AM to 5 PMFlying3,0004,500
Atlas MothApril to September7 PM to 4 PMTree Trunks3,0004,500
Banded DragonflyMay to October8 AM to 5 PMFlying4,5006,750
Cyclommatus StagJuly to August5 PM to 8 AMTree Trunks8,00012,000
Dung beetleDecember to FebruaryAnySnowballs2,5003,750
Emperor ButterflyDecember to March June to September5 PM to 8 AMFlying4,0006,000
Giant StagJuly to August11 PM to 8 AMTree Trunks10,00015,000
Giant Water BugApril to September7 PM to 8 AMPonds and Rivers2,0003,000
Giraffe StagJuly to August5 PM to 8 AMTree Trunks12,00018,000
Golden StagJuly to August5 PM to 8 AMTree Trunks12,00018,000
Goliath BeetleJune to September5 PM to 8 AMTree Trunks8,00012,000
Great Purple EmperorMay to August4 AM to 7 PMFlying3,0004,500
Hermit CrabAny7 PM to 8 AMBeach1,0001,500
Horned AtlasJuly to August5 PM to 8 AMTree Trunks8,00012,000
Horned DynastidJuly to August5 PM to 8 AMTree Trunks1,3502,025
Horned ElephantJuly to August5 PM to 8 AMTree Trunks8,00012,000
Horned HerculesJuly to August5 PM to 8 AMTree Trunks12,00018,000
Jewel BeetleApril to AugustAnyTree Trunks2,4003,600
Madagascan Sunset MothApril to September8 AM to 4 PMFlying2,5003,750
Man-Faced Stink BugMarch to October7 PM to 8 AMFlowers1,0001,500
Miyama StagJuly to AugustAnyTree Trunks1,0001,500
Orchid MantisMarch to November8 AM to 5 PMFlowers2,4003,600
Paper Kite ButterflyAny8 AM to 7 PMFlying1,0001,500
Peacock ButterflyMarch to June4 AM to 7 PMNear Black, Purple, or Blue Flowers2,5003,750
Queen Alexandra's BirdwingMay to September8 AM to 4 PMFlying4,0006,000
Rainbow StagJune to September7 PM to 8 AMTree Trunks6,0009,000
Rajah Brooke's BirdwingDecember to February April to September8 AM to 5 PMNear Black, Purple, or Blue Flowers2,5003,750
Rosalia Batsei BeetleMay to JuneAnyTree Stumps3,0004,500
Saw StagJuly to AugustAnyTree Trunks2,0003,000
Scarab BeetleJuly to August11 PM to 8 AMTree Trunks10,00015,000
ScorpionMay to October7 PM to 4 AMGround8,00012,000
TarantulaNovember to April7 PM to 4 AMGround8,00012,000
Tiger BeetleFebruary to OctoberAnyGround1,5002,250
WaspAnyAnyShake Trees2,5003,750

Note: The months listed are for players in the Northern Hemisphere.

As you can see, July through August are the most lucrative months for bug catching (at least in the Northern Hemisphere.) This is because bugs thrive in summertime. Still, no matter what time of year, there are some valuable bugs. You can also catch expensive bugs when Flick isn't visiting, and keep them in your storage or your house until he returns.

How do Flick's commissions work?

Animal Crossing New Horions Flick Art (Image credit: iMore/Casian Holly)

In addition to buying your bugs and hosting Bug Offs, Flick is also an artist. He will take one commission each day he visits your island. To commission Flick for one of his bug sculptures, just follow these easy steps:

1. Catch three of the same species of bug. This can be any bug you'd like, but you need three of them.

Animal Crossing New Horions Flick Sculpture (Image credit: iMore/Casian Holly)

2. Talk to Flick.

3. Select "Tell me about your art."

Animal Crossing New Horions Flick Menu (Image credit: iMore/Casian Holly)

4. Select the bug from your inventory. 

Note: Only bugs you have three of will be available.

Animal Crossing New Horions Flick Select Bugs (Image credit: iMore/Casian Holly)

5. Press A to confirm.

Flick will happily take your bugs, promising to provide them with a good home. The next day, he will mail you the sculpture he created of the bug you selected.

Get to catching!

We love Flick, his art, and of course, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Now you'll know how to get your collection of Flick's bug art started and how to find your perfect piece. Hopefully, you can make some good Bells to pay off that debt with, too. 

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Casian Holly

Casian Holly has been writing about gaming at iMore since 2019, but their real passion is Pokémon. From the games to the anime, cards and toys, they eat, sleep, and breathe all things Pokémon. You can check out their many Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sword and Shield guides and coverage here on iMore.

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