Mantis

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Mantis
Mantis NH.png
Scientific name
Hierodula patellifera
Family
Mantidae - Mantids
Months available August to October (Doubutsu no Mori, Animal Crossing, Doubutsu no Mori e+)
August to November (Wild World)
April to November (City Folk, New Leaf)
March to November (New Horizons)
Times available 8 AM to 5 PM
Location On flowers
Size 82mm
Rarity Uncommon
Sell price 430 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese カマキリ
Simplified Chinese 螳螂
French Mante religieuse
Spanish Mantis religiosa
Italian Mantide
Russian Богомол

Korean 사마귀
Traditional Chinese 螳螂
Quebec French Mante religieuse
Latin American Spanish Mantis religiosa
German Gottesanbeterin
Dutch Bidsprinkhaan


The Mantis (カマキリ, Kamakiri) (plural: mantids) is an uncommon bug in the Animal Crossing series. It can be found on flowers from 8 AM to 5 PM in non-winter months.

Starting in City Folk, it will take an aggressive stance when approached by the player.

Catch details[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

#19

Mantis
"I caught a praying mantis! Some people keep these as pets, you know?"

Times Aug – Oct: 8 AM – 5 PM
Location On flowers
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 430 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Wild World[edit]

#15

Mantis
"I caught a mantis! The hunter is the hunted!"

Description They will attack larger insects. Their front legs fold as if they are praying.
Times Aug – Nov: 8 AM – 5 PM
Peak Times Sep – Nov: 8 AM – 4 PM
Location On flowers
Bug Size 82 mm
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 430 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]

#16

Mantis
"I caught a mantis! He didn't have a prayer!"

Description Exclusively predatory, these will attack insects larger than themselves.
Times Apr – Nov: 8 AM – 5 PM
Peak Times Sep – Nov: 8 AM – 4 PM
Location On flowers
Bug Size 82 mm
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 430 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]

#17

Mantis
"I caught a mantis! Time to pay your respects!"

Times Apr – Nov: 8 AM – 5 PM
Peak Times Sep – Nov: 8 AM – 4 PM
Location On flowers
Size 82 mm
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 430 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]

#22

Mantis
"I caught a mantis! Man, 'tis so cool!"

Time of Year North: Mar – Nov
South: Sep – May
Time of Day 8 AM – 5 PM
Location On flowers
Rarity
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 430 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 645 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

As with all fish and bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the Mantis can be donated to the Museum. Upon donation, Blathers will say the following in their respective games:

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"Ah yes, the infamous mantis...Tell me, does it seem to you that it's almost TOO aware of us? Like it's studying us...It's rather as if it were questioning our reason for existence, eh wot? It's eyes...They're far too judgmental. Additionally, the manner in which it uses its scythe-like forelegs to kill and feed...So very vivid! So graphic! Blech! Grisly little beast!"

In Wild World[edit]

"I imagine you'll think I'm having a bit of fun, but I assure you, I am serious... After mating, the female mantis will kill the male and devour him on the spot! Blech! The very thought gives me the gags! I must say, I consider myself most fortunate not to have been born a mantis. Hoo, I might have had to squash myself..."

In City Folk[edit]

"Tell me, <Player>, have you ever seen the egg case of a mantis? It's not much to look at really. Just a little sack about the size of your fist. It's not even all that vile... But come spring, it bursts asunder and hundreds of baby mantises spring forth! I daresay my issues with bugs began when one such egg case ruptured within my desk. The horror..."

The Mantis can be found towards the back of the museum, perched atop a rose on the upper terrace.

In New Leaf[edit]

The Mantis resting on some flowers in the Museum in New Leaf

Upon being donated, the Mantis can be found in the room of the bug exhibit with the light in, resting on some flowers near the light. The exhibit has this to say about the Mantis:

"Mantises are known for the praying pose they sit in while ambushing unsuspecting prey. They'll snatch whatever is moving nearby and can even capture creatures larger than themselves. When threatened, mantises will spread their thin green wings to appear more intimidating."

In New Horizons[edit]

"Hoo! Don't let the mantis's angelic pose fool you... for it is truly monstrous. The mantis is known for its large size and tremendous strength...and for sickle-like arms that pack a punch. And though they tend to eat bugs and spiders...mantises have been known to dine on small animals too! And those eerie eyes! Oh my! Did you know it has five of them! Two big ones and three small!"

Real-world information[edit]

A real-life mantis

It is unclear as to what type of mantis appears in Animal Crossing, as there are roughly 2000 species world-wide. However, it seems likely that it is Hierodula patellifera, the giant Asian mantis, a widespread variety of mantis that can be found across South Asia and the Pacific islands.

Mantids can be traced back to over 35 million years ago, and are related to cockroaches. They can be found across temperate and tropic areas all across the world, and can fly. They are strictly carnivorous, and rarely think twice about attacking larger animals.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese カマキリ
kamakiri
Mantis

Korean 사마귀
samagwi
Mantis

Simplified Chinese 螳螂
tángláng
Mantis

Russian Богомол
Bogomol
Mantis

Dutch Bidsprinkhaan Mantis

German Gottesanbeterin Mantis, lit. Female God Worshiper

European Spanish Mantis religiosa Religious mantis (due to its pose, resembling praying)

European French Mante religieuse Religious mantis (due to its pose, resembling praying)

Italian Mantide Mantis

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