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"I caught a walkingstick! It's a walking...stick?" —Wild World
"I caught a walkingstick! A stick...that walks?!" —City Folk
"I caught a walking stick! Check out its walking schtick!" —New Leaf
Walkingstick
Walkingstick
Scientific name Neohirasea japonica
Family Phasmatidae
Time of year July to November
Time of day 4am to 7pm
Location On trees
Size 85 mm
Catch size Unknown
Rarity Uncommon (***)
Sale price 600 Bells
Appearances Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of Germany small Stabschrecke

Flag of Italy small Insetto stecco


Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing Not Present
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ Not Present
Animal Crossing: Wild World Bug #
Animal Crossing: City Folk Bug #
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Bug #40


The Walkingstick or Walking Stick, also known as the Stick Insect, is a bug that was introduced in Animal Crossing: Wild World. It looks like a stick with legs. They are found from July to November. It is fairly difficult for the player to see it, for at some angles, the Walking Stick may blend in with the tree, also making its color borders turn gray. When approached they will fade away with a boop sound. It is a rare bug. In Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, they have a counterpart, which is the Walking Leaf.

Donating to the Museum

In Wild World

Upon donation, Blathers says:

"The walkingstick not only impersonates a tree branch but will also play dead! Such deceptive creativity both intrigues and disgusts me, I have to say..."

In City Folk

Blathers will talk about the walkingstick as he reluctantly accepts the bug into the museum:

"Walkingsticks can skillfully disguise themselves as twigs or thin branches. What deceptive wretches! Just imagine going to grab what you thought was a twig and having it go SQUISH in your hand... Such epic foulness! Just thinking about that dark day gives me owl bumps!" (Owl bumps is a pun referring to goose bumps)

The walkingstick can be found on the third platform, on the second tree to the left, in the insect exhibition once donated.

In New Leaf

Blathers will no longer give a description upon receiving the bug, but the museum description is as follows:

"Walking sticks disguise themselves to confuse predators and are very closely related to walking leaves. They have cylindrical bodies that look like sticks. Some of them can even change their pigmentation. Females can lay eggs without the males, so most of the walking sticks you see are females."

Encyclopedia Information

When the player has caught the walkingstick, they can find information about the insect in the bug menu. Below is the information regarding the walkingstick:

Wild World

Walkingstick (Wild World) Walkingstick (Wild World icon) "They will cut off their own legs when preyed upon. Like a lizard's tail, the legs grow back."
  • Size: 85 mm
  • Season: Fall
  • Time: Midday

City Folk

125px Walkingstick (City Folk) ''These will tear their legs off to flee predators... but their legs then grow back!"

Icon calendar Season: Fall
Icon clock Time: Morning-Dusk
Icon butterfly Size: About85 mm


New Leaf

Walking Stick New Leaf

Gallery

Further Information

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Phasmatodea (the order of Stick Insects) can be found all over the world in warmer zones, especially the tropics and subtropics. The greatest diversity is found in Southeast Asia and South America, followed by Australia. Phasmids also have a considerable presence in the continental United States, mainly in the Southeast.

Phasmatodea species exhibit mechanisms for defense from predators that both prevent an attack from happening in the first place (primary defense) and are deployed after an attack has been initiated (secondary defense). Some have the ability to change color as their surroundings shift. In a further behavioral adaptation to supplement crypsis, a number of species have been noted to perform a rocking motion where the body is swayed from side to side that is thought to reflect the movement of leaves or twigs swaying in the breeze.

Another method by which stick insects avoid predation and resemble twigs is by feigning death (catalepsy), where the insect enters a motionless state that can be maintained for a long period. The nocturnal feeding habits of adults also aids Phasmatodea in remaining concealed from predators.


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