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Animal Crossing: New Horizons new fish and bugs to catch in October

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If some of these seem familiar, it’s entirely possible that you’ve caught them when they were around before

An Animal Crossing character holds up a Yellow Perch Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

It’s October now, which means new critters are starting to appear for Animal Crossing: New Horizons players to nab.

The Northern Hemisphere isn’t getting much new stuff due to the decreasing temperatures, but the Southern Hemisphere is getting a lot of new creatures as spring begins.

There’s no rush to catch any of them, as most of them will stick around for much longer than a month, but make sure you donate any new finds to Blathers to complete your Museum. You can tell when you’ve caught a new creature because your character will exclaim “Yes!” before they say the bug or fish’s name.

You can also check in your Critterpedia to see if you’ve donated the bug fish or not. If you have, there will be a little owl icon next to the critter name. (Note that these emblems won’t show up if you’re on somebody else’s island.)

We’ve broken up the list of new bugs and fish to catch in September by hemisphere below, so you can check which ones are new in your area. Keep in mind that some of these are returning to your island after being previously available, so if they seem familiar, you likely caught them during an earlier availability.

New critters to find in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for October (Northern Hemisphere)

Critter Type Critter Location Shadow Size Time
Critter Type Critter Location Shadow Size Time
Bug Ladybug On flowers N/A 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fish Yellow Perch River Medium All day
Fish Dab Sea Medium All day
Sea Creature Seaweed Ocean (Diving) N/A All day
Sea Creature Spiny Lobster Ocean (Diving) N/A 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Sea Creature Venus' flower basket Ocean (Diving) N/A All day

New critters to find in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for October (Southern Hemisphere)

Critter Type Critter Location Shadow Size Time
Critter Type Critter Location Shadow Size Time
Bugs Common Bluebottle Flying N/A 4 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Bugs Atlas Moth On trees N/A 7 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Bugs Madagascan Sunset Moth Flying N/A 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Bugs Darner Dragonfly Flying N/A 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bugs Giant Water Bug Ponds and rivers N/A 7 p.m. - 8 a.m.
Bugs Jewel Beetle On tree stumps N/A All day
Bugs Flea On villagers N/A All day
Fish Killifish Pond Smallest All day
Fish Crawfish Pond Small All day
Fish Snapping Turtle River X Large 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Fish Guppy River Smallest 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fish Neon Tetra River Smallest 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fish Sea Horse Sea Smallest All day
Fish Clown Fish Sea Smallest All day
Fish Surgeonfish Sea Small All day
Fish Butterfly Fish Sea Small All day
Fish Zebra Turkeyfish Sea Medium All day
Sea Creature Lobster Ocean (Diving) N/A All day