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|On the ground||600 Bells|
|Size||Available in rain|
|Time of year||Time of day|
|July to Early September||8am to 5pm|
|Scientific name||Phyllium bioculatum (pulchrifolium)|
|Family||Phyliidae- Walking leaves/leaf insects|
|Rarity|| Clear weather: |
|Regional names|| Phyllie |
- "I caught a walking leaf! I'm glad it can't run!" —New Leaf
The walking leaf (コノハムシ, Konoha-mushi?) is a rare to uncommon bug that was introduced in City Folk. They are found from July to September, from 8am to 5pm and can be found in all weather (rain and sun) but are more common in rain, perhaps because there are less bugs that linger in this weather. They camouflage themselves as furniture leaves (though appear a lighter shade of green) on the ground, but when approached they will flip over and reveal themselves. They are a counterpart to the walkingstick, and sell for the same price.
Donating to the museum
In City Folk
"As you can see, walking leafs are extremely proficient at mimicking the appearance of leaves. What torments me is this: they also EAT leaves... Do they look at one another and think, "mmmmmmmm"?"
After donation, the walking leaf can be found on the middle-terrace of the bug exhibit, in the central enclosure near the eastern-most tree stump, sharing its enclosure with the grasshopper.
In New Leaf
In New Leaf an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.
"Walking leaves look just like real leaves. They're related to walking sticks, which resemble twigs. The females are better at mimicking leaves than the males, though they can't fly. Their mimicking is so thorough that some of them even have fake bite marks on their bodies."
After donating, the walking leaf can be found in the upper right room in the bug exhibit, walking around in the top right corner.
- "I caught a walking leaf! Finally, you'll leaf me alone!" —City Folk
Phyllium bioculatum, also known as Gray's leaf insect, is an Asian species known as konoha-mushi (コノハムシ? "leaf insect"). Walking leaves are considered to show the best leaf mimics in the entire animal kingdom, so well that some even show signs of fake bite marks, to further confuse predators. When they walk, they sway to mimic a leaf being rocked by the wind. They can be found in South/Southeast Asia to Australia. A 47 million year old fossil found of a leaf insect shows that little has changed within the Phyliidae family, with this fossil showing traits found in the modern day walking leaves.