How do you know where to dig for insects underground? I have searched all over when I hear the chirping, but no luck finding the insects.

  • The only thing I know of is that hitting rocks with a shovel have a chance of producing bugs, same thing with walking close to or shaking a tree. I've read that bugs can just be found by digging but I've never been able to do that successfully. +1 I'm interested in finding out myself.
    – Mkalafut
    Apr 8, 2014 at 12:42

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I think the only bug that's underground is a mole cricket and are extremely hard to find and catch.

You just have to dig in the area where the sound is until you find it.

Once you've dug it up it tries to make an escape so be prepared to switch to your net to catch it. You'll have a better success rate if you're not near a tree or rock as that's where they run to for cover.

One method people use is to dig a hole and if nothing is there, re-fill it and plant a flower there to mark where you've previously dug. This also stops the insect moving into that square; narrowing the possible squares it can be in.

Also, there's a possibility it's not an insect at all and is in fact a frog swimming in a pond or the river which maybe why you can't find it.

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    I never thought of marking the dug up spots. I will try that and see what happens. Thanks for the info.
    – user73807
    Apr 17, 2014 at 2:03
  • If a villager is in the area of the mole cricket, they'll look in the direction of the bug. They do that for anything that makes noise, though. So if you're by a pool of water and a villager is staring at the water, that's probably something in the water.
    – Ice-9
    Apr 18, 2014 at 14:27
  • Oh yeh. I forgot to mention that. Well spotted! Got to love our villagers :) Helpful lil critters. Apr 19, 2014 at 16:44

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