Walking leaf

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Walking Leaf NH Icon.png Walking leaf  
Artwork of walking leaf
Real-world info
Name: Phyllium
Family: Phyliidae- Walking leaves/leaf insects
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Insecto hoja
 Insetto foglia
 Insecto hoja
 Wandelend blad

The walking leaf[nb 1] is an uncommon insect introduced in Animal Crossing: City Folk. They are found from mid summer to early fall between 8 AM-5 PM, and can be found in all weather (rain and sun). They have a counterpart, the walking stick. They camouflage themselves as furniture leaves (though occasionally pulse) on the ground, but when approached they will flip over and reveal themselves. They are sold for 600 Bells.

Catch details[edit]

In City Folk[edit]


Walking leaf
"I caught a walking leaf! Finally, you'll leaf me alone!"

Description These blend into many leaf colors. Females own the best camouflage, but males can fly.
Time of year Jul – Sep
Time of day 8 AM – 5 PM
Peak times N/A
Location On the ground
Bug size 70 mm
Rarity Very uncommon
Selling price  600 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


Walking leaf
"I caught a walking leaf! I'm glad it can't run!"

Time of year Jul – Sep
Time of day 8 AM – 5 PM
Peak times N/A
Location On the ground
Size 75 mm
Rarity Uncommon
Selling price  600 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]


Walking leaf
"I caught a walking leaf! It seems to be taking it in stride!"

Time of year North: Jul – Sep
South: Jan – Mar
Time of day All day
Location Disguised under trees
Weather Any weather
Spawn requirement Catch 20 total bugs
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 600 Bells
 Flick 900 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In City Folk[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, Blathers the curator will say:

"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 insect exhibition, in the central enclosure near the eastern-most tree stump, sharing its enclosure with the Grasshopper.

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, the Walking Leaf can be found in the upper right corner of the upper right room of the Insect section. The exhibit has this to say about the Walking Leaf:

"Walking leaves look just like real leaves. They're related to walking sticks, which resemble twigs. The females are better at mimicking 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."

In New Horizons[edit]

When donating to the museum, Blathers will say the following:

"What a fraud! What a phony! The walking leaf is, in fact, the very embodiment of a lie! This master mimic looks like a tree leaf all the way down to the tiniest details. In fact, this bug has been known to sway to and fro as it walks...just so it looks like a leaf blown by the wind! And the fakery works! These insects look so much like leaves that even leaf-eating insects nibble on them! Lying liars, indeed!"


Real-world information[edit]

Leaf insect in real-life

Walking leafs are part of animals that engage in crypsis. They can disguise themselves 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.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese コノハムシ
Lit. "leaf bug"

Korean 잎사귀벌레
Lit. "leaf bug"

Simplified Chinese 叶竹节虫
yè zhújiéchóng
Leaf walking stick (Walking leafs are a special group of stick insects)

Traditional Chinese 葉竹節蟲

Russian Листотел
Walking leaf

Dutch Wandelend blad Walking leaf

German Blattschrecke Leaf insect

European Spanish Insecto hoja Leaf insect

European French Phyllie From family name

Italian Insetto foglia Leaf insect


  1. Japanese: コノハムシ Hepburn: Konohamushi