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"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
Praying Mantis
Mantis
Scientific name Hierodula patellifera
Family Mantidae - Mantids
Time of year August to October (Animal Forest, Animal Crossing)
August to November
(Wild World)
April to June (City Folk)
April to November
(New Leaf)
Time of day 8am to 5pm
Location On flowers
Size 82mm
Catch size Unknown
Rarity Uncommon (***)
Sale price 430 Bells
Appearances Animal Forest
Animal Crossing
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Animal Crossing: City Folk
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of Germany small Gottesanbeterin
Flag of France small Mante religieuse
Flag of Italy small Mantide


Species #
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

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

BlathersFearMantis

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."

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

Mantis (Animal Crossing) Mantis (Animal Crossing icon) Mantis


Wild World

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

City Folk

Mantis Mantis (City Folk) ''Exclusively predatory, these will attack insects larger than themselves."

Icon calendar Season: Spring-Fall
Icon clock Time: Morning-Noon
Icon butterfly Size: About 82 mm


New Leaf

HNI 0015 JPG

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Further Information

Praying-mantis

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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