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Animal Crossing: New Horizons new fish, bugs, and sea creatures to catch in March

Many of these critters will probably be familiar to you

An Animal Crossing character stares at a Salmon, a Mitten Crab, and some other fish in a river-like aquarium Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

It’s March again, which means Animal Crossing: New Horizons players may be seeing new critters come around. The game released in March, so if you’re here one year (or more) later, then these will all be very familiar to you.

There’s no rush to catch any of them, as they’ll 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 March 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 in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for March (Northern Hemisphere)

Critter type Name Location Shadow Size Time
Critter type Name Location Shadow Size Time
Bug Yellow Butterfly Flying N/A 4 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Bug Tiger Butterfly Flying N/A 4 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Bug Peacock Butterfly Flying by hybrid flowers N/A 4 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Bug Mantis On flowers N/A 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bug Orchid Mantis On white flowers N/A 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bug Honeybee Flying N/A 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bug Stinkbug On flowers N/A All day
Bug Man-faced Stink Bug On flowers N/A 7 p.m. - 8 a.m.
Bug Ladybug On flowers N/A 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fish Tadpole Pond Smallest All day
Fish Loach River Small All day
Fish Cherry Salmon River (Clifftop) Medium 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Fish Char River (Clifftop) Medium 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Fish Golden Trout River (Clifftop) Medium 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Fish Barred Knifejaw Sea Medium All day
Sea Creature Turban shell Ocean diving N/A All day
Sea Creature Chambered nautilus Ocean diving N/A 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Sea Creature Umbrella octopus Ocean diving N/A All day
Sea Creature Firefly squid Ocean diving N/A 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Sea Creature Spider crab Ocean diving N/A All day

New critters in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for March (Southern Hemisphere)

Critter type Name Location Shadow Size Time
Critter type Name Location Shadow Size Time
Bug Common Butterfly Flying N/A 4 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Bug Yellow Butterfly Flying N/A 4 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Bug Monach Butterfly Flying N/A 4 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bug Cricket On ground N/A 5 p.m. - 8 a.m.
Bug Bell Cricket On ground N/A 5 p.m. - 8 a.m.
Bug Red Dragonfly Flying N/A 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Bug Violin Beetle On tree stumps N/A All day
Bug Pill Bug Hit rocks N/A 11 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Bug Centipede Hit rocks N/A 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Fish Pike River X Large All day
Fish Cherry Salmon River (Clifftop) Medium 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Fish Char River (Clifftop) Medium 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Fish Golden Trout River (Clifftop) Medium 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Fish Salmon River (mouth) Large All day
Fish King Salmon River (mouth) Largest All day
Fish Mitten Crab River Small 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Fish Sturgeon River (mouth) Largest All day
Sea creature Turban shell Ocean diving N/A All day
Sea creature Chambered nautilus Ocean diving N/A 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Sea creature Umbrella octopus Ocean diving N/A All day
Sea creature Sweet shrimp Ocean diving N/A 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.