- "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
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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
"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."
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:
| "They will cut off their own legs when preyed upon. Like a lizard's tail, the legs grow back."|
| ''These will tear their legs off to flee predators... but their legs then grow back!"|
Further InformationPhasmatodea (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.