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"I caught an ant! My uncle will be so happy! (That doesn't even make sense!)" —Animal Crossing
"I caught an ant! Ant misbehavin'!" —Wild World
"I caught an ant! Ant ant ant ant! I am redund-ant!" —City Folk
"I caught an ant! I'm exuber-ant! (Well...not really...)" —New Leaf
Ant NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Unknown
Family: Formicidae
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese アリ
Korean 개미
Italian Formica
German Ameise

Simplified Chinese 蚂蚁
French Fourmi
Spanish Hormiga
Dutch Mier

Traditional Chinese 螞蟻
Quebec French Fourmi
Latin American Spanish Hormiga
Russian Муравей

Ants (アリ, Ari), in the Animal Crossing series, can be found at all times of day, throughout the entire year. They swarm over discarded turnips and candy, but not fruit, and can be easily caught. Despite there being a large group of ants present on discarded food, only one can be caught at a time. Once one has been caught, the other ants disappear. In New Horizons, the ants can be seen marching single-file from the food item back to a tiny ant hill, which also disappears when an ant is caught. Ants sell for 80 Bells. Ants cannot be caught when the Beautiful Town Ordinance is active.

Catch details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]


"I caught an ant! TELL ME WHERE THE QUEEN IS!"

Time of Year North: All year
South: All year
Time of Day All day
Location On rotten turnips
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 80 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 120 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"I wonder, how do you think that ants manage to search out their food? Because the question really confounds me! I mean, really. Come now. If ants were our size, the area they traverse in their search for sustenance...would FAR exceed the entire size of our fair village. Can you imagine it, wot? Hiking that far for a snack? What is going on in their tiny little ant-minds, hm? Do they have some specific target in mind? Could it be they're just wandering about aimlessly? Hoo-rrrumph! Ridiculous and revolting!"

In Wild World[edit]

"Tell me, did you know that ants leave scent everywhere they trundle about? Indeed, they do this in order to make sure they can get back to their nest. But from just WHERE on the ant does this stench come? Blech. I'd rather not know..."

Once donated in Wild World, a trail of Ants can be found marching amongst the trees in the second room of the insect exhibit.

In City Folk[edit]

"Most people seem to regard ants as peaceful creatures, but the truth is that they're quite savage insects, wot? Indeed, when I was but a fledgling, I once sat on an ant nest by accident. The wretched things set upon me within moments. My poor tail feathers took forever to grow back.

In City Folk, Ants form a trail along the path on the central terrace of the insect exhibit. The Ants emerge from a hole in the wall and swarm over a pile of sugar that lies on the path some distance away.

In New Leaf[edit]

"Ants are small but very powerful and are able to carry items far heavier than they are. In the nest, there is a queen and also worker ants, making them somewhat similar to bees. In some habitats, ants actually make up between 15-20% of the areas total terrestrial-animal biomass."

In New Horizons[edit]

"I warn you, the ant may be a small bug, but it finds scary strength in numbers. You see, the ant itself is the strongest creature in the world in relation to its size. One of these diminutive fiends can carry 50 times its own bodyweight! And if it wants to lift something even larger... Why, it simply calls on its ant friends to join the effort. Creepy cooperation, I say..."

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Ant WW Sprite.png    ''About 20 percent of worker ants do nothing. Lazy!"
  • Size- 5 mm
  • Season- All year
  • Time- All day

City Folk[edit]

Ant CF Icon.png     ''Twenty percent of worker ants actually don't do anything... They are lazy ants"
  • Size- About 5 mm
  • Season- All year
  • Time- All day

Real-world information[edit]

Real Ant.jpg

Ants, from the family Formicidae, are insects that have existed for at least 110 million years. They are widespread throughout the world and are easily identified by their long antennae, large abdomen, and sectioned bodies. There are thought to be at least ten thousand species of ants world-wide.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese アリ

Korean 개미

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
蚂蚁 / 螞蟻

Russian Муравей

Dutch Mier Ant

German Ameise Ant

European Spanish Hormiga Ant

European French Fourmi Ant

Italian Formica Ant



  • In Wild World, the player makes a reference to the song, Ain't Misbehavin', when catching an Ant.