- "I caught an ant! My uncle will be so happy! (That doesn't even make sense!)" —Animal Crossing
- "I caught an ant! Ant misbehavin'!" —Wild World
- "I caught an ant! Ant ant ant ant! I am redund-ant!" —City Folk
- "I caught an ant! I'm exuber-ant! (Well...not really...)" —New Leaf
|Scientific name||Formica sp.|
|Time of year||All year|
|Time of day||All day|
|Location||Candy, Spoiled Turnips, Rotten Fruit|
|Sale price||80 Bells|
|Appearances|| Animal Forest,|
Dōbutsu no Mori +,
Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
|Regional names|| Ari (アリ?)|
|Animal Forest||Not Present|
|Dōbutsu no Mori e+||46|
|Animal Crossing: Wild World||25|
|Animal Crossing: City Folk||27|
|Animal Crossing: New Leaf||30|
In the Animal Crossing series, Ants can be found at all times of day, throughout the entire year. They swarm over spoiled turnips, rotten Fruit and dropped candy and can be easily caught as they do not flee unless the item they are on is picked up. Despite the presence of a large group only one individual can be caught at a time, similar to the Bee.
Donation in the Museum
In Animal Crossing
When donated to the museum, Blathers will say:
"I wonder, how do you think that ants manage to search out their food? Because the question really confounds me! I mean, really. Come now. If ants were our size, the area they traverse in their search for sustenance...would FAR exceed the entire size of our fair village. Can you imagine it, wot? Hiking that far for a snack? What is going on in their tiny little ant-minds, hm? Do they have some specific target in mind? Could it be they're just wandering about aimlessly? Hoo-rrrumph! Ridiculous and revolting!"
In the bug exhibit, the ants will form a trail in the back of the display, between the trees.
In Wild World
When donating, Blathers will say:
"Tell me, did you know that ants leave scent everywhere they trundle about? Indeed, they do this in order to make sure they can get back to their nest. But from just WHERE on the ant does this stench come from? Blech. I'd rather not know..."
Once donated in Wild World, a trail of ants can be found marching amongst the trees to the left of the second room of the insect exhibit.
In City Folk
In City Folk, ants form a trail along the path on the central terrace of the insect exhibit. The ants emerge from a hole in the wall and swarm over a pile of sugar that lies on the path some way away.
In New Leaf
Like City Folk, a trail of ants will be found traveling from a hole on the ground to a mound of sugar. The description plate in the museum will say the following:
"Ants are small but very powerful and are able to carry items far heavier than they are. In the nest, there is a queen and also worker ants, making them somewhat similar to bees. In some habitats, ants actually make up between 15-20% of the area's total terrestrial-animal biomass."
Once caught, information about the ant is available in the Insect Encyclopedia.
Animal Forest e+
|File:Ant (Animal Crossing).png|| Ant|
| "About 20 percent of worker ants do nothing. Lazy!"|
|125px|| ''Twenty percent of worker ants actually don't do anything ... They are lazy ants."|
Ants, from the family Formicidae, are insects that have existed for at least 110 million years. They are widespread throughout the world and are easily identified by their long antennae, large abdomen and sectioned bodies. There are thought to be at least ten thousand species of ant world-wide.
In the Amazon Rainforest, new species are being discovered on a near daily basis.