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Releasing Butterflies
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A Sim releasing caught Butterflies

Releasing Fireflies
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A Sim releasing caught Fireflies

Bug Catching was first introduced in The Sims 2: Seasons, allowing Sims to catch butterflies and fireflies. The Sims 2: FreeTime allows the catching of bugs and adding them to a collection. The Sims Castaway Stories and the DS version allow the player to gather bugs, to either eat, trade and keep and collect. The Sims 3 also features collecting butterflies and beetles. The Sims 3: Into the Future features robotic bugs called nanites.

The Sims 2 Edit

Bug Catching Edit

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


Butterflies appear during the day and fireflies in the evening. A Sim can try to catch a butterfly or firefly in a jar by clicking on the tile where they appear. It may take several tries before they catch one. Once one is caught Sims can view them inside the jar or release them. If they are left in the jar they will die eventually.

With FreeTime, Sims who catch butterflies might occasionally put them in their bug collection.

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.

Bug Hunting Edit

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 catch bugs, click on an area outside and select "Hunt Bugs". 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 his or her hygiene. If a PlantSim hunts bugs, it will affect his or her water motive. Occasionally, a Sim who is hunting bugs will be chased by bees.

Collections Edit

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

The Sims 3 Edit

Butterflies, beetles, and nanites are also collectible in The Sims 3.

Butterflies Edit

Image Butterfly Rarity Value (§) Catch Chance EP Where?
Moth Moth Common 5 90%
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Base Neighborhood
Monarch Butterfly Monarch Butterfly Common 10 80%
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Zephyr Metalmark Butterfly Zephyr Metalmark Butterfly Common 25 80%
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Base Neighborhood
Red Admiral Butterfly Red Admiral Butterfly Common 35 80%
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Base Neighborhood
Mission Blue Butterfly Mission Blue Butterfly Uncommon 50 80%
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Base Neighborhood
Green Swallowtail Butterfly Green Swallowtail Butterfly Uncommon 90 80%
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Base Neighborhood
Royal Purple Butterfly Royal Purple Butterfly Uncommon 150 80%
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Base Neighborhood
Silver-Spotted Skipper Butterfly Silver-Spotted Skipper Butterfly Rare 325 70%
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Base Neighborhood
Zebra Butterfly Zebra Butterfly Rare 650 85%
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Base Neighborhood
Rainbow Butterfly Rainbow Butterfly Extraordinarily Unusual 1,080 90%
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Bamboo Straight Swift Butterfly Bamboo Straight Swift Butterfly Common 20 90%
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China
Crypt Moth Crypt Moth Uncommon 65 90%
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Egypt
Two-Tailed Pasha Butterfly Two-Tailed Pasha Butterfly Uncommon 110 90%
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France
Yellow Band Dart Butterfly Yellow Band Dart Butterfly Rare 430 90%
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China
Cleopatra Butterfly Cleopatra Butterfly Extraordinarily Unusual 1,200 90%
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Egypt
Glowy Fly Glowy Fly Extraordinarily Unusual 1,500 90%
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France
Green Wisp Green Will-O'-The-Wisp Uncommon 80 90%
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Base Neighborhood
Blue Wisp Blue Will-O'-The-Wisp Rare 250 90%
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Base Neighborhood
Pink Wisp Pink Will-O'-The-Wisp Extraordinarily Unusual 820 90%
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Base Neighborhood
Firefly albus Firefly albus Common 10 90%
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Base Neighborhood
Firefly fulvus Firefly fulvus Common 10 90%
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Firefly pratinus Firefly pratinus Common 15 90%
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Firefly luteus Firefly luteus Common 20 90%
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Firefly caeruleus Firefly caeruleus Uncommon 80 90%
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Firefly ruber Firefly ruber Uncommon 120 90%
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Firefly roseus Firefly roseus Rare 300 90%
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Base Neighborhood
Firefly purpureus Firefly purpureus Rare 450 90%
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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

Image Beetle Rarity Value (§) Catch Chance EP Where?
Cockroach Cockroach Common 1 70%
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Ladybug Ladybug Common 10 80%
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Base Neighborhood
Japanese Beetle Japanese Beetle Common 15 90%
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Water Beetle Water Beetle Common 30 80%
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Base Neighborhood
Light Beetle Light Beetle Uncommon 40 95%
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Rhinoceros Beetle Rhinoceros Beetle Uncommon 90 70%
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Stag Beetle Stag Beetle Uncommon 175 75%
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Spotted Beetle Spotted Beetle Rare 400 80%
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Trilobite Beetle Trilobite Beetle Rare 750 90%
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Rainbow Beetle Rainbow Beetle Extraordinarily Unusual 1,400 70%
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Cerambyx Beetle Cerambyx Common 70 90%
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France
Scarab Beetle Scarab Uncommon 180 50%
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Egypt
Red Assassin Bug Red Assassin Bug Rare 800 65%
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China
Termite Termite Common 5 80%
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Base Neighborhood
Spider Spider Common 15 70%
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Base Neighborhood
Plasma Bug Plasma Bug Extraordinarily Unusual 3,400 70%
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Pill Bug Pill Bug Common 5 80%
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Dystopian Oasis Landing
Honeypot Ant Honeypot Ant Uncommon 50 70%
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Dystopian Oasis Landing

NanitesEdit

Nanites are robotic bugs featured in The Sims 3: Into the Future. They can be found in Oasis Landing. Unlike butterflies and beetles, Sims can design and create them; 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 yields empty processors.

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

NotesEdit

  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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