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"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
Japanese Quotes

「アリを つかまえた! てごたえアリ!」 —Animal Forest
「アリを 捕まえた! 手ごたえアリ!」 —City Folk
「アリを つかまえた! 手ごたえアリ!」 —New Leaf

"I caught an ant! It was-ant ineffective!" (translation)
Ant Info
Scientific name Formica sp.
Family Formicidae- Ants
Time of year All year
Time of day All day
Location Candy, Spoiled Turnips, Rotten Fruit
Size 5 mm
Catch size Unknown
Rarity Common
Sale price 80 Bells
Appearances Animal Forest,
Dōbutsu no Mori +,
Animal Crossing,
Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Japan Ari (アリ?)
Flag of France small Fourmi
Flag of Germany small Ameise
Flag of Italy small Formica
Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing 34
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."

Encylopedia Information

Once caught, information about the ant is available in the Insect Encyclopedia.

Animal Forest e+

File:Ant (Animal Crossing).png Ant (Animal Crossing icon) Ant

Wild World

Ant (Wild World) Ant (Wild World icon) "About 20 percent of worker ants do nothing. Lazy!"
  • Size: 5 mm
  • Season: All Year
  • Time: All Day

City Folk

125px Ant (City Folk) ''Twenty percent of worker ants actually don't do anything ... They are lazy ants."

Icon calendar Season: All Year
Icon clock Time: All Day
Icon butterfly Size: About 5 mm

New Leaf


Further Information

Real Ant

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.

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