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How to catch an Atlas Moth in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Filling up Blathers’ Museum is a long, but rewarding experience, given how difficult it can be to find and catch certain bugs, including the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Atlas Moth. This gargantuan moth is a bit of a recluse and can be difficult to find if you don’t know where or when to look. In this guide, however, we’ll let you in on how to catch an Atlas Moth in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Read on to discover the Atlas Moth locations and Atlas Moth appearance dates and times, too.

How to catch an Atlas Moth in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

how to catch an Atlas Moth in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Even if you know where and when to catch an Atlas Moth in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, they can be tricky to catch. Thankfully, we’re here to help you out in your mission to catch an Atlas Moth. Whether you want to donate an Atlas Moth to Blathers’ Museum, or you want to sell it (for a cool 3,000 Bells), we’re here to help. First and foremost, Atlas Moths only appear in the evening, resting on trees, through to the early morning during certain months, depending on where you live.

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The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Atlas Moths appearance dates and times are as follows:

  • Northern Hemisphere:
    • April-September, between 7 PM and 4 AM.
  • Southern Hemisphere:
    • October-March, between 7 PM and 4 AM.

So if you live in the Northern Hemisphere in real life, the Atlas Moth appears in-game during different months to those who live in the Southern Hemisphere. If you spot an Atlas Moth resting on a tree, though, you’ll need to be careful in order to catch it. Follow these steps to discover how to catch an Atlas Moth in Animal Crossing: New Horizons:

  1. Get your net out as soon as you spot the Atlas Moth resting on a tree.
  2. Hold A to have your net swing primed and ready.
  3. Walk slowly towards the Atlas Moth.
  4. Release the A button as soon as you get close enough to the Atlas Moth that your net swing will hit the tree and catch it.

Atlas Moths are uncommon, but not too rare. You’ll get another chance to catch one if you fail at first.

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