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- In Haruhi Suzumiya, competitive cicada catching is one of the Endless Eight activities. Though, as Kyon points out, this is a weird activity for kids their age (high school).
- Yotsuba&!'s Cicada hunt has appeared in a few chapters; she released them inside the house. Currently the page image.
- In Gintama, an early story arc has the Yorozuya gang go on a beetle hunt, partly to try making some money, and partly so Kagura can get her revenge on Okita by finding a beetle that can beat his in a fight. It ends up turning into Serious Business due to the Shinsengumi showing up in search of the shogun's prized golden stag beetle.
- Naruto shows that Shino has this as a hobby.
- One story of The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service has the gang try this as yet another attempt at getting out of their Perpetual Poverty (stag beetles apparently sell for a lot of money). Predictably, it leads to yet another corpse (with its eyes pecked out and apparently having fallen from a tree). The culprit this time was a parasite that normally affects snails, causing their antennae to bulge out and climb high to attract passing birds so the parasite can reproduce).
- My Monster Secret had a chapter where Youko, Rin, and Karen decide to go out and catch rhinoceros beetles, but unfortunately they're all ditzes and end up falling asleep too early two nights in a row while Asahi stays awake the entire time. From there it goes off completely into the series' usual off-the-wall comedy and ended with an exhausted Asahi falling asleep in a Stock Shout-Out to Ashita no Joe.
- Like in the games, Nate from Yo-kai Watch is fond of doing this with his friends Eddie, Bear, and Katie.
Films — Live-Action
- In Lucas starring Corey Haim, the title boy spends his summers out in the woods, catching bugs, tadpoles, frogs, crawfish, and other creepy crawlies, just for the fun of it.
- Looks like one of the only hobbies Shilo from Repo! The Genetic Opera has while imprisoned in her room.
- In It, one of the summer pastimes undertaken by the children is catching insects, frogs and other creepy crawlies in the Barrens.
- In the Dr. Seuss book Summer, one of the joys of summer for kids is catching fireflies in jars.
- In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom and his friends regularly catch frogs and snakes just for the fun of it.
- Bug Catchers in Pokémon are explicitly based off this. The creator, Satoshi Tajiri, was even an avid Bug Catcher himself when he was a kid, and this pastime is actually what he based Pokemon off of.
- You'll spend a lot of time doing this in the various incarnations of Animal Crossing.
- The Legend of Zelda:
- The Bug Net in the The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and its Interquel The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is reminiscent of this (you can even catch bees and other insects with it as well as the fairies that return in later games). Later games even have bug collecting sidequests.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, bugs can be caught with empty bottles and, if released on certain patches of land for planting bean seeds, will yield Golden Skulltulas.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess there were 24 golden bugs that could be caught and given to a little girl named Agitha in exchange for rupees and a wallet upgrade.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the Bug Net makes a comeback and bugs caught with it can be given to an NPC in order to improve Link's potions.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, bugs can be used to make armor upgrades as well as different kinds of elixirs and beetles can be traded to Beedle in exchange for food and elixirs. In addition, a few sidequests in the game require collecting certain bugs for different NPCs.
- The player does this every once in a while in Monster Hunter. The bugs come in handy for making various types of items, from medicines and fish bait to electric monster traps.
- In The Sims 2, Sims can catch bugs. They even get a collection box with pictures of the species they've caught. Sims can also catch bugs and put them on display in The Sims 3.
- Harvest Moon: A New Beginning has bug catching, and you can actually make a good amount of money depending on what you catch. You can also use the different types of bees you catch to cultivate honey back on the farm.
- Sig's hobby from Puyo Puyo.
- Bug catching appears a lot in Yo-kai Watch. At the start of the first game, the protagonist and their friends are looking for bugs when they come across Whisper. A lot of NPCs also mention bug catching. The game feature mini-games where you can catch bugs and fish.
- In SpongeBob SquarePants, SpongeBob and Patrick go jellyfishing all the time.
- The naturalist Gerard Durell's autobiography, My Family and Other Animals, details the author's childhood (and continuing) obsession with nature, and the many different species he collected as a child.
- During The Second Boer War, one of Robert Baden-Powell's favourite cover stories when he was spying was as a butterfly collector. Not only did this seem so innocent to the Boers seeing this grown man chasing butterflies that they didn't realize that he only seemed to find ones around their fortifications interesting, but he could disguise his maps in the pictures of the ones he caught.
- Charles Darwin was an avid insect collector. In one famous incident, he was coming home from an afternoon of collecting when he happened across a bombardier beetle. As his pockets were full, he attempted to carry it in his mouth, only to get a firsthand experience with its defensive abilities. He gleefully recounted the tale in his diary.