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
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:
Turn the cheat 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.
This section describes features that are only available in The Sims 2: FreeTime.
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.
|Dapper Pinstripe Beetle||Jelly Butterfly||Striped Spindler Spider|
|Polka Beetle||Peanut Butterfly||Grey Widow Spider|
|Couch Potato Beetle||Empress Butterfly||Paratrooper Spider|
|Gentleman Beetle||Blue Featherwing Butterfly||Mock Spider|
|Jack Beetle||Margarina Butterfly||Itsius Bitsius Spider|
|Prancer Beetle||Madame Butterfly||Hot Dog Spider|
|Tri-Horn Greaves Beetle||Vampire Butterfly||Queen Charlotte Spider|
|Ringo Beetle||Pygmalion Butterfly||Huntsperson Spider|
|Mock Ladybug Beetle||Copper Pot Butterfly||Single-Fanged Betsy Spider|
|Green Bottle Beetle||Socialus Butterfly||Teddy Bear Spider|
- There is a bug that prevents Sims from finishing the bug collection. This was fixed in the FreeTime patch, but broken again in Apartment Life. This mod fixes the bug.
The Sims 3
Butterflies, beetles, and nanites appear as collectibles in The Sims 3.
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- 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.
- It seems that the glitch of the fireflies can be fixed if the Sims move to a place like the University. Opening the list of trapped insects may show fireflies that have already been trapped as unregistered. Capture them again while you are inside the university compound and voila. (Bringing the collections assistant will help to locate the fireflies more easily)
|Image||Beetle||Rarity||Value (§)||Catch Chance||EP||Where?|
|Japanese Beetle||Common||15||90%||Base Neighborhood|
|Water Beetle||Common||30||80%||Base Neighborhood|
|Light Beetle||Uncommon||40||95%||Base Neighborhood|
|Rhinoceros Beetle||Uncommon||90||70%||Base Neighborhood|
|Stag Beetle||Uncommon||175||75%||Base Neighborhood|
|Spotted Beetle||Rare||400||80%||Base Neighborhood|
|Trilobite Beetle||Rare||750||90%||Base Neighborhood|
|Rainbow Beetle||Extraordinarily Unusual||1,400||70%||Base Neighborhood|
|Red Assassin Bug||Rare||800||65%||China|
|Plasma Bug||Extraordinarily Unusual||3,400||70%||Science research station (radiation experiment)|
|Pill Bug||Common||5||80%||Dystopian Oasis Landing|
|Honeypot Ant||Uncommon||50||70%||Dystopian Oasis Landing|
- Plasma Bugs are a reference to the giant, plasma-shooting alien insects of the Starship Troopers movie.
- In real life, Cockroaches and Termites are not beetles but insects in the order Blattodea.
- Assassin Bugs are in the order Hemiptera, or 'True Bugs', and are also not beetles.
- Spiders are also not beetles, and are not insects at all, but rather Arachnids, a group that includes scorpions and mites.
- Pill Bugs are a type of Woodlouse, and are land dwelling crustaceans, not insects.
- Honeypot Ants are, you guessed it, not beetles, but insects in the Formicidae family.
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||Common||18||20||90%||Bot Workshop, Oasis Landing|
|Caustic Nanite||Common||18||25||90%||Bot Workshop, Oasis Landing|
|Quantum Nanite||Common||22||30||90%||Bot Workshop, Oasis Landing|
|Scalar Nanite||Common||22||30||90%||Bot workshop, Oasis Landing|
|Lite Nanite||Common||26||35||90%||Bot workshop, Oasis Landing|
|Lepton Nanite||Common||30||40||90%||Bot Workshop, Oasis Landing|
|Tribble Nanite||Common||37||50||90%||Bot workshop, Oasis Landing|
|Heisenberg Nanite||Common||41||55||90%||Bot Workshop, Oasis Landing|
|Tunnelling Nanite||Uncommon||75||100||80%||Bot Workshop, Oasis Landing|
|Torque Nanite||Uncommon||78||105||80%||Bot workshop, Oasis Landing|
|Induction Nanite||Uncommon||86||115||80%||Bot workshop, Oasis Landing|
|Polar Nanite||Uncommon||86||115||80%||Bot Workshop, Oasis Landing|
|Thermo Nanite||Uncommon||93||125||80%||Bot workshop, Oasis Landing|
|Condsensor Nanite||Uncommon||67||90||80%||Bot Workshop, Oasis Landing|
|Entropic||Rare||206||275||75%||Bot workshop, Oasis Landing|
|Dispersion||Rare||187||250||75%||Bot workshop, Oasis Landing|
|Prismatic||Rare||262||350||75%||Bot workshop, Oasis Landing|
|Damping||Rare||236||315||75%||Bot workshop, Oasis Landing|
|Optic||Rare||232||310||75%||Bot workshop, Oasis Landing|
|Uber||Rare||412||550||75%||Bot workshop, Oasis Landing|
The Sims 4
The Sims 4: Outdoor Retreat
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
|Bee||Common||§4||Morning, Noon, Evening||Campground, Forest, Hermit's House|
|Blue Morpho Butterfly||Common||§4||Morning, Noon, Evening||Campground, Forest, Hermit's House|
|Fire Ant||Common||§3||Morning, Noon, Evening||Campground, Forest, Hermit's House|
|Firefly||Common||§4||Night||Campground, Forest, Hermit's House|
|Jezebel Butterfly||Common||§3||Morning, Noon, Evening||Campground, Forest, Hermit's House|
|Katydid||Common||§4||Morning, Noon, Evening||Campground, Forest, Hermit's House|
|Ladybug||Common||§4||Morning, Noon, Night||Campground, Forest, Hermit's House|
|Luna Moth||Common||§4||Morning, Noon, Evening||Campground, Forest, Hermit's House|
|Mosquito||Common||§4||Morning, Evening, Night||Campground, Forest, Hermit's House|
|Stink Bug||Common||§4||Morning, Noon||Campground, Forest|
|Termite||Common||§3||Noon, Evening||Campground, Forest, Hermit's House|
|Dragonfly||Uncommon||§15||Noon||Campground, Forest, Hermit's House|
|Jewel Beetle||Uncommon||§15||Morning||Campground, Forest, Hermit's House|
|Locust||Uncommon||§15||Morning, Noon, Evening||Campground, Forest|
|Mantis||Uncommon||§15||Morning, Noon, Evening||Campground, Forest, Hermit's House|
|Monarch Butterfly||Uncommon||§15||Morning, Noon, Evening||Forest, Hermit's House|
|Walking Stick||Uncommon||§12||Noon||Hermit's House|
|Dragon Dragonfly||Rare||§600||Noon||Hermit's House|
|Dust Spirit||Rare||§200||Evening, Night||Forest, Hermit's House|
|Rainbow Firefly||Rare||§75||Night||Forest, Hermit's House|
|Will-o-the-Wisp||Rare||§150||Night||Forest, Hermit's House|
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.
|To bee or not to bee! We recognize your dedication and hard work by presenting you with this award.||0§|
The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle
|Mitey Mitey Home - Insect Farm|
|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|
|Price in game||§165|
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
- 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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- This can be created if the Sim using the bot workshop has reverse engineered one.