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カマキリ Kamakiri
Mantis encyclopedia (New Leaf)
#19 #19 #19 #6 #15 #16 #17
Location Price
On flowers 430 Bells
Size Available in rain
82mm Unknown
Time of year Time of day
August to October (GCN)
August to November
(Wild World)
April to June (City Folk)
April to November
(New Leaf)
8am to 5pm
Scientific name Hierodula patellifera
Family Mantidae - Mantids
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Rarity Uncommon (★★★)
Regional names Flag of France small Mante religieuse
Flag of Germany small Gottesanbeterin
Flag of Spain Mantis Religiosa
Flag of Italy small Mantide
"I caught a mantis! Time to pay your respects!" —New Leaf

The mantis (カマキリ, Kamakiri?) is a relatively uncommon bug found in the Animal Crossing series.

Starting from City Folk, the mantis adopts an aggressive position when approached, similar to the wing spreading of the Lanternfly. It is much more common than its close cousin, the Orchid Mantis.

Donating to the museum

As with all fish and bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the mantis can be donated to the Museum. Blathers will say the following in their respective games:

In Animal Crossing

"Ah yes, the infamous mantis... Tell me, does it seem to you that it's almost TOO aware of us? Like it's studying us...It's rather as if it were questioning our reason for existence, eh wot? Its eyes... They're far too judgemental. Additionally, the manner in which it uses its scythe-like forelegs to kill and feed... So very vivid! So graphic! 'Blech! Grisly little beast!"

In Wild World

"I imagine you'll think I'm having a bit of fun, but I assure you, I am serious... After mating, the female mantis will kill the male and devour him on the spot! Blech! The very thought gives me the gags! I must say, I consider myself most fortunate not to have been born a mantis. Hoo, I might have had to squash myself..."

After donation, the mantis can be found on the white rose next to the pond in the exhibit on the left of the first room.

In City Folk


Blather's explains his irrational fear of bugs.

"Tell me, <Player>, have you ever seen the egg case of a mantis? It's not much to look at really. Just a little sack about the size of your fist. It's not even all that vile... But come spring, it bursts asunder and hundreds of baby mantises spring forth! I daresay my issues with bugs began when one such egg case ruptured within my desk. The horror..."

The mantis can be found towards the back of the museum, perched on the rose on the upper terrace.

<Player> refers to the Player's name.

In New Leaf

In New Leaf, an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.

"Mantises are known for the praying pose they sit in while ambushing unsuspecting prey. They'll snatch whatever is moving nearby and can even capture creatures larger than themselves. When threatened, mantises will spread their thin green wings to appear more intimidating."

Capture quotes

"I caught a praying mantis! Some people keep these as pets, you know?" —Animal Crossing
"力マキリを 捕まえた! 草むらに ひそむハンタ―!" —Animal Forest
"I caught a mantis! The hunter is the hunted!" —Wild World
"I caught a mantis! He didn't have a prayer!" —City Folk

Encyclopedia information

When the player has caught a mantis, they can find information about it in the bug menu. Below is the information regarding the mantis:

Animal Forest


Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Mantis (Wild World) "They will attack larger insects. Their front legs fold as if they are praying."
Size 82 mm
Time Midday
Season Summer
Icon Mantis (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
"Exclusively predatory, these will attack insects larger than themselves."
Size About 82 mm
Time Unknown
Season Spring-Fall

New Leaf

HNI 0015 JPG


Further information


Hierodula patellifera.

Majorca Mantis

A real-life mantis.

The Giant Asian Mantis is a widespread variety of mantis that can be found across South Asia and the Pacific islands.

Mantids can be traced back to over 35 million years ago, and are related to cockroaches. They can be found across temperate and tropic areas all across the world, and can fly. Mantids are strictly carnivourous, and rarely think twice about attacking larger animals.

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