- "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*む八ンク―!" —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
- "I caught a mantis! Time to pay your respects!" —New Leaf
|Animal Forest||Bug #19|
|Animal Crossing||Bug #19|
|Dōbutsu no Mori e+||Bug #6|
|Animal Crossing: Wild World||Bug #15|
|Animal Crossing: City Folk||Bug #16|
|Animal Crossing: New Leaf||Bug #17|
The mantis (plural: mantids) 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
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"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."
When the player has caught a mantis, they can find information about it in the bug menu. Below is the information regarding the mantis:
| "They will attack larger insects. Their front legs fold as if they are praying."|
| ''Exclusively predatory, these will attack insects larger than themselves."|
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.
In the popular web series Homestuck, a reference to both the Mantis and Animal Crossing is made in the quote: "I caught a mantis! PRAY TO YOUR KING!!!".