Collecting Insect Jars | Side Quests

This section of our guide to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim gives you a detailed account of the Collecting Insect Jars side quest. To accomplish this task, you have to gather several insect jars that are scattered all over Skyrim.

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You can locate five insect jars in different parts of Skyrim. Finding all of them can be a bit challenging, but the joy of displaying them on your shelf makes it worth the effort. It is important to note that collecting these insects is not a quest – you will not receive any prizes, but it can be a fun activity.

Here is a list of all the jars and where to find them:

Alchemist’s Shack – Butterfly. Enter the small house at the base of the hill (near Riften) and locate the jar with a beautiful butterfly on one of the shelves.

Goldenglow Estate – Bee. You will come across this location during the Thieves Guild quest Loud and Clear. The jar is in Aringoth’s room, on the upper floor.

Dushnikh Yal – Dragonfly. The jar is in the Orc leader’s Longhouse. To get there without a fight, you must complete The Forgemaster’s Fingers. Once inside the building, find the basement entrance (a small hatch in the bedroom) and locate the jar below the stairs.

Frostflow Lighthouse – Torchbug. Leave Winterhold and head west. You should see a tall tower on one of the mountaintops – the Lighthouse. Go inside and beside the murdered body, on a fireplace, you will find the jar.

Duskglow Crevice – Moth. The final jar is in Nordic ruins teeming with Falmers, inside the room before the last boss battle, on a shelf opposite the vertical sarcophagus.


What are insect jars in side quests?

Insect jars are collectibles that can be found in various locations in side quests. They are small glass jars with different kinds of insects inside them. These jars are often hidden in hard-to-reach places and can be found by exploring the game world thoroughly. Collecting all the insect jars in a specific area or level will usually reward the player with a special item or bonus. Insect jars also serve as a fun side activity for players who want to take a break from the main storyline and explore the game world further.

How do I find all the insect jars in side quests?

Finding all the insect jars in side quests can be a challenging task, as they are often well-hidden and require careful exploration of the game world. Here are some tips to help you find them:

  • Pay attention to your surroundings and look for any unusual objects or structures that may hide an insect jar.
  • Use your character’s abilities, such as jumping or climbing, to reach high or difficult-to-reach places.
  • Explore every nook and cranny of the game world, including hidden areas and dead ends.
  • Check areas multiple times, as insect jars may only appear after certain events or actions have been completed.
  • Consult online guides or forums for tips and hints on where to find specific insect jars.

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