What’s New This Month in Animal Crossing: New Leaf – June

Welcome, New Leaf fans. Since July, Diehard GameFAN has been compiling a list of things that you can do in each month in order to make sure you have all your snooty villagers in a row. Since it’s a new month (and, incidentally, the last month for this guide), we’ve got a new list! Here are some of the things you can do in June.

First, some general tips:

  • Donate the first (new) bug/fish/deep-sea creature that you catch to the museum. Then you don’t have to worry about whether you’ve donated or not. Remember that donating items to the museum has definite perks. For instance, once you donate thirty bugs to the establishment, you’ll be able to purchase the silver net, which makes it easier to catch bugs. Once you’ve donated all bugs to the museum, you’ll be able to get the gold net, which makes it even easier. Similar benefits are available for fishers.
  • The rarer the specimen, the harder it is to catch that specimen. If you’re hunting bugs, hold A down and barely move your circle pad in the direction you want to go to sneak. Don’t rush up on beetles and the like, or else you’ll be sure to scare them away.
  • The more expensive creatures are great for stocking up on bells. Many people have been going to the island at night to fill up their boxes with beetles, returning to sell them for thousands of bells. It’s a pretty good strategy if you’re saving up for something or you have a mortgage to pay off… or if you just like sitting on oodles of bells, I suppose.

The official Animal Crossing: New Leaf website has only a few events listed for North America this month: Father’s Day is on the 15th (you’ll get red carnations in a letter from your dad–plant them next to the pink ones you got from your mom to get white carnations) and the first bug off of the year and Summer Solstice are both on the 21st. To help celebrate the summer solstice, you’ll be able to take pictures with a standee and get ladder shades from Isabelle. Don’t forget, of course, that some of your residents may have June birthdays. Go to their house on that day to celebrate with them. If you bring a present, you might just get one in return in your mailbox the next day. Also be sure to check with Pelly for any special presents that you can download via Wifi.


There’s plenty to look for in the great outdoors. On the bug catching front, you have several new bugs to look for.

  • The agrias butterfly is worth 3,000 bells and can be found flying near flowers from 8am-5pm. They’re rare.
  • The birdwing butterfly is a huge butterfly that is found flying around from 8am-4pm. They are uncommon and worth 4,000 bells.
  • The centipede makes a comeback and can rarely be found by hitting rocks with a shovel between 4pm-11pm. They’re worth 300 bells.
  • Cyclommatus stags can be found on palm trees from 5pm-8am. They’re uncommon and worth 8,000 bells.
  • Darner dragonflies are fairly common and can be found flying around from 8am – 5pm. They’re worth 200 bells.
  • The emperor butterfly is a rare bug worth 2,500 bells found flying around from 8pm-7am.
  • Fireflies only appear in June, but thankfully they are common. You can find them flying near rivers from 7pm – 4am. They’re worth 300 bells.
  • Golden stags are worth a whopping 12,000 bells and can be found on palm trees between 5pm – 8am. They’re very rare though.
  • You can find Goliath beetles between 5pm – 8am on palm trees. They’re rare and run for 6,000 bells.
  • Horned Atlas beetles are rare beetles found on palm trees between 5pm and 8am. They’re worth 8,000 bells.
  • You can find horned dynastids on trees between 5pm and 8am. They’re uncommon and worth 1,350 bells.
  • Horned elephant beetles are worth 8,000 bells and can be found between 5pm and 8am on palm trees. They’re rare.
  • Horned Hercules beetles are very rare, selling for 12,000 bells, and are found on palm trees from 5pm-8am.
  • You can find lantern flies on trees between 4pm-8am, but they’re pretty rare. They’re worth 1,800 bells.
  • The mosquito flies around from 5pm-4am and will bite you if you aren’t careful (not that it does anything for them to do so). They are fairly common and worth 130 bells.
  • Oak silk moths are rare and worth 1,200 bells. You’ll find them on trees from 7pm-4am.
  • The rainbow stag beetle is worth 10,000 bells and is rare. You’ll find it on trees between 7pm-8am.
  • Tarantulas are, relatively speaking, a pain in the butt. Not only are they rare, but they’ll attack you if you aren’t careful. You can’t miss them–even other villagers will talk about them being around–as they’re huge and found walking around on the ground between 7pm-4am. They’re worth 8,000 bells if you do manage to catch one, though.

If you haven’t caught the common butterfly, firefly (as noted above), ladybug, violin beetle, or yellow butterfly yet, this is your last chance for a while, as the little critters won’t be available starting next month.


Are you more the fishing type? Here’s what you can look forward to starting in June:

  • The arowana is a rare river fish worth 10,000 bells, found from  4pm – 9am. It’s got a large-sized shadow.
  • The dorado is a very rare large river fish worth 15,000 bells. It’s available for your capture from 4am to 9pm.
  • The eel is a fairly common large, thin river fish worth 2,000 bells, found from 4pm – 9am.
  • The gar is a huge, rare fish worth 6,000 bells. It’s available for your capture from 4pm to 9am and is found where the river pools as it bends.
  • Giant snakeheads are found in the river pool/lake areas from 9am – 4pm. They’re uncommon and sell for 6,500 bells each. Look for very large shadows.
  • The moray eel is worth 2,000 bells and is found from all over in the ocean. To find this uncommon fish, look for very large shadows.
  • Napoleonfish are are found all day in the ocean. They’re rare and sell for 10,000 bells each. Look for huge shadows.
  • The ocean sunfish is worth 4,000 bells and is found from 4am – 9pm in the ocean. To find this rare fish, look for huge shadows with fins.
  • The piranha is found in rivers from 9am-4pm. It’s rare, has a small shadow, and is worth about 2,500 bells.
  • Puffer fish can be found all day in the ocean. They’re worth about 240 bells and are uncommon. Look for medium shadows to find one.
  • The ray is a rare ocean fish worth 3,000 bells, found from 4am – 9pm. It’s got a very large shadow.
  • The saw shark is a rare ocean fish with a huge shadow and fin. It is worth 12,000 bells. It’s available for your capture from 4pm to 9am.
  • The shark it is a rare ocean fish worth 15,000 bells, found from 4pm – 9am. It’s got a huge shadow with a fin.

If you haven’t caught a char, cherry salmon, or rainbow trout by now, this month is the last month you can do so for a while.


Last but not least, we have diving.

  • Look for small-shadowed flatworm, which can be found from 4pm-9am. They’re slow-moving, so they shouldn’t be hard to catch, and are worth 200 bells.
  • The sea grapes appear this month. They can be found all day. They’ve got a small-sized shadow that does not move, and can be sold for 600 bells.
  • Tiger prawns are worth 1,600 bells and can be found from 4pm-9am. They’ve got small, slow-moving shadows.

There are no deep-sea creatures that are available in June that will not be available in July.


Well, that’s all that I’ve been able to find for this month. Do you have any tips or tricks you’d like to share? Does your experience differ from what’s listed above? Did you find this helpful? Let us know in the comments, and happy Crossing!



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2 responses to “What’s New This Month in Animal Crossing: New Leaf – June”

  1. Amanda S Avatar
    Amanda S

    Snowballs in June? Is that correct?

    1. Crystal Shards Avatar

      Nope! I’m not even sure how that fell through the cracks. Thanks for the catch! (And sorry for the late response, I’ve had internet issues recently.)

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