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Bug collecting
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A Sim releasing caught butterflies.

Bug collecting is an interaction first introduced in The Sims 2: Seasons, allowing Sims to catch butterflies and fireflies. The Sims 2: FreeTime allows Sims to catch bugs and add them to a collection. In The Sims Castaway Stories and the DS version, it is possible to gather bugs, which can be eaten, traded, or kept and collected. The Sims 3 also features collecting butterflies and beetles. The Sims 3: Into the Future features robotic bugs called nanites. In The Sims 4: Outdoor Retreat, bug collecting reappears once again in the vacation world of Granite Falls. In The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle, bug collecting comes in a new form of composting and the consumption of home grown insects.

The Sims 2[edit | edit source]

Bug catching[edit | edit source]

This section describes features that are only available in The Sims 2: Seasons and The Sims Castaway Stories.

Butterflies may appear during the day and fireflies may appear in the evening. A Sim can try to catch butterflies or fireflies in a jar, though it may take several tries before they succeed. This is usually initiated by the player clicking on the tile where the butterflies or fireflies appear, though Sims may also do it autonomously. Once butterflies or fireflies are caught, Sims can view them inside the jar or release them. If they are left in the jar, they will eventually die, though this can be avoided by using a cheat.

Enter cheat mode:
type: ^ Ctrl+⇧ Shift+C
Turn the cheat on: bugJarTimeDecay on
Turn the cheat off: bugJarTimeDecay off
Notes: Enabling this cheat will make caught butterflies and fireflies live forever.

A Sim may have wants to catch butterflies or fireflies, but the want will not be fulfilled until the Sim actually catches one.

With FreeTime, trying to catch butterflies or fireflies will build nature enthusiasm, as will viewing captured ones. Also, Sims who catch butterflies might occasionally put them in their bug collection.

Toddlers can chase butterflies or fireflies, but cannot catch them. With Freetime, they gain nature enthusiasm from doing this.

Bug hunting[edit | edit source]

This section describes features that are only available in The Sims 2: FreeTime.

A Sim releasing caught fireflies.

There are three types of bugs a Sim can catch: beetles, butterflies and spiders. To have a Sim catch bugs, the player has to click on outdoor terrain and select the "Hunt Bugs" interaction. Sims will continue this action indefinitely but will not always catch anything. Once a Sim catches a bug it will be placed in their collection box, which can be found in their inventory. Players can view the collection by placing it on the lot and selecting "View". When Sims go hiking, they might catch a bug. If they already have that bug in the collection, they'll release it. A Sim must have at least level 8 enthusiasm in the nature hobby to be able to collect all of the bugs.

A Sim with nature enthusiasm may have a want to hunt bugs, but the want will not be fulfilled until the Sim actually catches a bug.

If a Sim hunts bugs for very long, it will have a strong effect on their hygiene. If a PlantSim hunts bugs, it will affect their water motive. Occasionally, a Sim who is hunting bugs will be chased by bees.

Bug collections[edit | edit source]

Image Beetle Image Butterfly Image Spider
Dapper Pinstripe Beetle.png Dapper Pinstripe Beetle Jelly Butterfly.png Jelly Butterfly Striped Spindler Spider
Polka Beetle.png Polka Beetle Peanut Butterfly.png Peanut Butterfly Grey Widow Spider
Couch Potato Beetle.png Couch Potato Beetle Empress Butterfly.png Empress Butterfly Paratrooper Spider
Gentleman Beetle.png Gentleman Beetle Blue Featherwing Butterfly.png Blue Featherwing Butterfly Mock Spider
Jack Beetle.png Jack Beetle Margarina Butterfly.png Margarina Butterfly Itsius Bitsius Spider
Prancer Beetle.png Prancer Beetle Mademe Butterfly.png Madame Butterfly Hot Dog Spider
Tri-Horn Greeves Beetle.png Tri-Horn Greeves Beetle Vampire Butterfly.png Vampire Butterfly Queen Charlotte Spider
Ringo Beetle.png Ringo Beetle Pygmalion Butterfly.png Pygmalion Butterfly Huntsperson Spider
Mock Ladybug Beetle.png Mock Ladybug Beetle Copper Pot Butterfly.png Copper Pot Butterfly Single-Fanged Betsy Spider
Green Bottle Beetle.png Green Bottle Beetle Socialus Butterfly.png Socialus Butterfly[1] Teddy Bear Spider
Notes

The Sims 3[edit | edit source]

Butterflies, beetles, and nanites appear as collectibles in The Sims 3.

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Butterflies[edit | edit source]

Image Butterfly Rarity Value (§) Catch Chance EP Where?
Moth.png Moth Common 5 90% &BG
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Base Neighborhood
Monarch Butterfly.png Monarch Butterfly Common 10 80% &BG
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Base Neighborhood
Zephyr Metalmark Butterfly.png Zephyr Metalmark Butterfly Common 25 80% &BG
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Base Neighborhood
Red Admiral Butterfly.png Red Admiral Butterfly Common 35 80% &BG
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Base Neighborhood
Mission Blue Butterfly.png Mission Blue Butterfly Uncommon 50 80% &BG
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Base Neighborhood
Green Swallowtail Butterfly.png Green Swallowtail Butterfly Uncommon 90 80% &BG
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Base Neighborhood
Royal Purple Butterfly.png Royal Purple Butterfly Uncommon 150 80% &BG
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Base Neighborhood
Silver-Spotted Skipper Butterfly.png Silver-Spotted Skipper Butterfly Rare 325 70% &BG
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Base Neighborhood
Zebra Butterfly.png Zebra Butterfly Rare 650 85% &BG
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Base Neighborhood
Rainbow Butterfly.png Rainbow Butterfly Extraordinarily Unusual 1,080 90% &BG
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Base Neighborhood
Bamboo Straight Swift Butterfly.png Bamboo Straight Swift Butterfly Common 20 90% &EP01
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China
Crypt Moth.png Crypt Moth Uncommon 65 90% &EP01
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Egypt
Two-Tailed Pasha Butterfly.png Two-Tailed Pasha Butterfly Uncommon 110 90% &EP01
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France
Yellow Band Dart Butterfly.png Yellow Band Dart Butterfly Rare 430 90% &EP01
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China
Cleopatra Butterfly.png Cleopatra Butterfly Extraordinarily Unusual 1,200 90% &EP01
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Egypt
Glowy Fly.png Glowy Fly Extraordinarily Unusual 1,500 90% &EP01
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France
Green Wisp.png Green Will-O'-The-Wisp Uncommon 80 90% &EP03
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Base Neighborhood
Blue Wisp.png Blue Will-O'-The-Wisp Rare 250 90% &EP03
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Base Neighborhood
Pink Wisp.png Pink Will-O'-The-Wisp Extraordinarily Unusual 820 90% &EP03
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Base Neighborhood
Firefly albus.png Firefly albus Common 10 90% &EP06
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Base Neighborhood
Firefly fulvus.png Firefly fulvus Common 10 90% &EP06
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Base Neighborhood
Firefly pratinus.png Firefly pratinus Common 15 90% &EP06
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Base Neighborhood
Firefly luteus.png Firefly luteus Common 20 90% &EP06
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Base Neighborhood
Firefly caeruleus.png Firefly caeruleus Uncommon 80 90% &EP06
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Base Neighborhood
Firefly ruber.png Firefly ruber Uncommon 120 90% &EP06
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Base Neighborhood
Firefly roseus.png Firefly roseus Rare 300 90% &EP06
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Base Neighborhood
Firefly purpureus.png Firefly purpureus Rare 450 90% &EP06
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Base Neighborhood
Notes
  • Since Patch 31, butterflies will no longer spawn at night, and they will be replaced with fireflies.
  • There is a glitch with the firefly collector challenge, in which the challenge could not be completed even if a Sim has caught all 8 types of fireflies. This is due to the fact that the firefly collector challenge is a duplicate of the butterfly collector challenge, which requires 10 types of butterflies to complete.

Beetles[edit | edit source]

Image Beetle Rarity Value (§) Catch Chance EP Where?
Cockroach.png Cockroach Common 1 70% &BG
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Base Neighborhood
Ladybug.png Ladybug Common 10 80% &BG
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Base Neighborhood
Japanese Beetle.png Japanese Beetle Common 15 90% &BG
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Base Neighborhood
Water Beetle.png Water Beetle Common 30 80% &BG
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Base Neighborhood
Light Beetle.png Light Beetle Uncommon 40 95% &BG
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Base Neighborhood
Rhinoceros Beetle.png Rhinoceros Beetle Uncommon 90 70% &BG
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Base Neighborhood
Stag Beetle.png Stag Beetle Uncommon 175 75% &BG
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Base Neighborhood
Spotted Beetle.png Spotted Beetle Rare 400 80% &BG
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Base Neighborhood
Trilobite Beetle.png Trilobite Beetle Rare 750 90% &BG
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Base Neighborhood
Rainbow Beetle.png Rainbow Beetle Extraordinarily Unusual 1,400 70% &BG
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Base Neighborhood
Cerambyx Beetle.png Cerambyx Common 70 90% &EP01
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France
Scarab Beetle.png Scarab Uncommon 180 50% &EP01
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Egypt
Red Assassin Bug.png Red Assassin Bug Rare 800 65% &EP01
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China
Termite.png Termite Common 5 80% &EP03
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Base Neighborhood
Spider.png Spider Common 15 70% &EP03
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Base Neighborhood
Plasma Bug.png Plasma Bug Extraordinarily Unusual 3,400 70% &EP09
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Science research station (radiation experiment)
Pill Bug.png Pill Bug Common 5 80% &EP11
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Dystopian Oasis Landing
Honeypot Ant.png Honeypot Ant Uncommon 50 70% &EP11
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Dystopian Oasis Landing
Notes
  • Plasma Bugs are a reference to the giant, plasma-shooting alien insects of the Starship Troopers movie.

Nanites[edit | edit source]

Nanites are robotic bugs featured in The Sims 3: Into the Future and they can be found in Oasis Landing. Nanites are essential components of some, but not all, trait chips, and some advanced chips require specific nanites

Unlike butterflies and beetles, Sims can design and create nanites; doing this requires Reventlov's Bot Workshop. Designing and creating a nanite increases the bot building skill. Nanites can also be reverse engineered. Reverse engineering a nanite lets a Sim learn how to design it, and may yield empty processors.

Image Nanite Rarity Cost (§) Value (§) Catch Chance EP Where?
Neutron Nanite.png Neutron Nanite Common 18 20 90% &EP11
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Bot Workshop, Oasis Landing
Caustic Nanite.png Caustic Nanite Common 18 25 90% &EP11
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Bot Workshop, Oasis Landing
Quantum Nanite.png Quantum Nanite Common 22 30 90% &EP11
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Bot Workshop, Oasis Landing
Scalar Nanite.png Scalar Nanite Common 22 30 90% &EP11
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Bot workshop, Oasis Landing
Lite Nanite.png Lite Nanite Common 26 35 90% &EP11
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Bot workshop, Oasis Landing
Lepton Nanite.png Lepton Nanite Common 30 40 90% &EP11
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Bot Workshop, Oasis Landing
Tribble Nanite.png Tribble Nanite Common 37 50 90% &EP11
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Bot workshop, Oasis Landing
Heisenberg Nanite.png Heisenberg Nanite Common 41 55 90% &EP11
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Bot Workshop, Oasis Landing
Tunnelling Nanite.png Tunnelling Nanite Uncommon 75 100 80% &EP11
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Bot Workshop, Oasis Landing
Torque Nanite.png Torque Nanite Uncommon 78 105 80% &EP11
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Bot workshop, Oasis Landing
Induction Nanite.png Induction Nanite Uncommon 86 115 80% &EP11
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Bot workshop, Oasis Landing
Polar Nanite.png Polar Nanite Uncommon 86 115 80% &EP11
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Bot Workshop, Oasis Landing
Thermo Nanite.png Thermo Nanite Uncommon 93 125 80% &EP11
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Bot workshop, Oasis Landing
Consensor Nanite.png Condsensor Nanite Uncommon 67 90 80% &EP11
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Bot Workshop, Oasis Landing
Entropic Nanite.png Entropic Rare 206 275 75% &EP11
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Bot workshop,[2] Oasis Landing
Dispersion Nanite.png Dispersion Rare 187 250 75% &EP11
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Bot workshop,[2] Oasis Landing
Prismatic Nanite.png Prismatic Rare 262 350 75% &EP11
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Bot workshop,[2] Oasis Landing
Damping Nanite.png Damping Rare 236 315 75% &EP11
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Bot workshop,[2] Oasis Landing
Optic Nanite.png Optic Rare 232 310 75% &EP11
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Bot workshop,[2] Oasis Landing
Uber Nanite.png Uber Rare 412 550 75% &EP11
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Bot workshop,[2] Oasis Landing

The Sims 4[edit | edit source]

The Sims 4: Outdoor Retreat[edit | edit source]

A Sim collecting insects from the ground.

Insect collecting returns in The Sims 4: Outdoor Retreat and works similarly to The Sims 3. Sims can collect different types of insects and then have them as decorative items (giving +3 environment score), or sell them to gain more Simoleons. Sims can also roast insects over a campfire, or prepare shish kebabs or gumbo with them on a grill. Another way to consume insects would be combining them with plants to form herbal remedies through the use of the herbalism skill. Insects can be only found in Granite Falls, though some are exclusively spawned in the deep forest areas of the world such as Hermit's House or the Granite Falls Forest. Insects can also appear at different times of the day or night and some are exclusive to either of those time periods. The collection can be quite difficult to complete due to the high number of common insects and the time-of-day mechanic.

Insects can be spotted on the ground or in mid-air. A lot of them may be quite hard to track down at first as they can blend in with the environment, but catching them should be easy. A good way to spot a group of insects would be to keep the camera near the ground level on normal time speed. Pausing the game may not be beneficial, as the insects may be even harder to see when standing still. Fireflies will glow during the night, making them more easily recognizable. When a Sim tries to catch an insect, there is a chance that the insect will bite, giving the Sim an uncomfortable moodlet.

List of insects[edit | edit source]

Image Name Rarity Value Collecting time Location
TS4OR Insect.png Bee Common §4 Morning, Noon, Evening Campground, Forest, Hermit's House
TS4OR Insect.png Blue Morpho Butterfly Common §4 Morning, Noon, Evening Campground, Forest, Hermit's House
TS4OR Insect.png Fire Ant Common §3 Morning, Noon, Evening Campground, Forest, Hermit's House
TS4OR Insect.png Firefly Common §4 Night Campground, Forest, Hermit's House
TS4OR Insect.png Jezebel Butterfly Common §3 Morning, Noon, Evening Campground, Forest, Hermit's House
TS4OR Insect.png Katydid Common §4 Morning, Noon, Evening Campground, Forest, Hermit's House
TS4OR Insect.png Ladybug Common §4 Morning, Noon, Night Campground, Forest, Hermit's House
TS4OR Insect.png Luna Moth Common §4 Morning, Noon, Evening Campground, Forest, Hermit's House
TS4OR Insect.png Mosquito Common §4 Morning, Evening, Night Campground, Forest, Hermit's House
TS4OR Insect.png Stink Bug Common §4 Morning, Noon Campground, Forest
TS4OR Insect.png Termite Common §3 Noon, Evening Campground, Forest, Hermit's House
TS4OR Insect.png Dragonfly Uncommon §15 Noon Campground, Forest, Hermit's House
TS4OR Insect.png Jewel Beetle Uncommon §15 Morning Campground, Forest, Hermit's House
TS4OR Insect.png Locust Uncommon §15 Morning, Noon, Evening Campground, Forest
TS4OR Insect.png Mantis Uncommon §15 Morning, Noon, Evening Campground, Forest, Hermit's House
TS4OR Insect.png Monarch Butterfly Uncommon §15 Morning, Noon, Evening Forest, Hermit's House
TS4OR Insect.png Walking Stick Uncommon §12 Noon Hermit's House
TS4OR Insect.png Dragon Dragonfly Rare §600 Noon Hermit's House
TS4OR Insect.png Dust Spirit Rare §200 Evening, Night Forest, Hermit's House
TS4OR Insect.png Rainbow Firefly Rare §75 Night Forest, Hermit's House
TS4OR Insect.png Will-o-the-Wisp Rare §150 Night Forest, Hermit's House

Reward[edit | edit source]

After collecting all the insects the player receives the "Entomologist Delight" award, which is a plaque that can be hung on a wall. Collecting all 21 insects alongside the five fish added in Outdoor Retreat in Granite Falls will also unlock the "Critter Catcher" achievement.

Image Description Value
EntomologistDelightAward.png To bee or not to bee! We recognize your dedication and hard work by presenting you with this award.

The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle[edit | edit source]

Mitey Mitey Home - Insect Farm
Mitey Mitey Home - Insect Farm.png
The Perfect place for your Curious endeavor to prosper! This unit is built from perfectly suited insect family materials that will make your little critters abuzz from joy that will have you busy beezing.
Game The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle
Buyability Build mode
Price in game §165
Size 2x2

In The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle, Sims can farm their own insects. Insects will need to be fed and nurtured. Sims can collect Bio Fuel and insects for food every 24 hours. Occasionally, insects will produce Super Fertilizer.

All meals produced from insects are unsuitable for vegetarians.

List of insects[edit | edit source]

  • Beetles (§15) 
    • Produces Beetle Nuggets (Main ingredient in Beetle Juice, which requires level 10 mixology skill)
  • Bombardier Beetles (§35) - Requires level 5 cooking or level 9 mischief skill
    • Produces Bombardier Beetle Nuggets (Main ingredient in Bombardier Beetle Stir Fry)
  • Crickets (§15)
    • Produces Cricket flour (Main ingredient in Popcorn Crickets and Cricket Meal)
  • Grubs (§15) 
    • Produces Grub Meal (Main ingredient in Grub Dogs)
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Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. This butterfly can only be caught in a patched game.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 This can be created if the Sim using the bot workshop has reverse engineered one.

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