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I have had 6 pears waiting on the ground for several days, I don't exactly remember how many. I am waiting for them to spoil so that I can catch an ant.

How long does it take for fruit to spoil?

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I know in the older games you could buy candy and leave it on the ground for ants. Did this change in this game? – Batophobia Jul 5 '13 at 15:42
I'm not sure. As far as I know the only time you get candy is on Halloween, and I don't time-jump so I wouldn't know yet. But I do remember that they did spoil in past games. – lonewookie Jul 5 '13 at 16:27
You can also get candy at Easter, but as far as I know, those are the only two times. – Margaret Jul 5 '13 at 22:48
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Fruit doesn't actually spoil; what happens is the last time you harvest a Perfect Fruit tree, one of the fruits it drops will be rotten. Perfect fruit trees can be harvested a random(?) amount of times and the last time you shake it the leaves will all fall off and you should get a rotten fruit instead of one of the perfects. Ordinary fruit left on the ground can be left indefinitely without spoiling, best I'm aware.

Turnips, on the other hand, will spoil a few days after purchasing because of the "stalk market" depends on scarcity. Rotten turnips, while more expensive, may be easier to obtain if your only goal is the bugs that collect on rotten items.

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Do rotten turnips also attract flies? – lonewookie Jul 5 '13 at 13:59
@lonewookie they always have before, though I haven't confirmed in New Leaf yet – Ben Brocka Jul 5 '13 at 14:06
@lonewookie Yes they do, that's how I caught a fly for my museum – Margaret Jul 5 '13 at 21:18
@Margaret did they get ants too? I seem to only get ants from rotten fruit, wondering if turnips bring different bugs from rotten fruit? – Ben Brocka Jul 5 '13 at 21:27
@Ben Yeah, it had ants plus a fly buzzing around... – Margaret Jul 5 '13 at 22:29

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