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"I caught a praying mantis! Some people keep these as pets, you know?" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a mantis! The hunter is the hunted!" —Wild World
"I caught a mantis! He didn't have a prayer!" —City Folk
"I caught a mantis! Time to pay your respects!" —New Leaf
"I caught a mantis! Man, 'tis so cool!" —New Horizons
Mantis NH.png
Scientific name Hierodula patellifera
Family Mantidae - Mantids
Time of year August to October (Animal Forest,Animal Crossing)
August to November
(Wild World)
April to June (City Folk)
April to November (New Leaf)
March to November(New Horizons)
Time of day 8am to 5pm
Location On flowers
Size 82mm
Rarity Uncommon
Selling price 430 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Mantis (カマキリ, Kamakiri) (plural: mantids) is a relatively uncommon insect found in the Animal Crossing series. It can be found on flowers during the day, between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..

When approached in City Folk, it has an aggressive position.

Donating to the museum[edit]

As with all fish and insects 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 on the rose on the upper terrace.

In New Leaf[edit]

The Mantis resting on some flowers in the Museum in Animal Crossing: 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!"

Encyclopedia Information[edit]

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

Wild World[edit]

Mantis (Wild World).gif    ''They will attack larger insects. Their front legs fold as if they are praying."
  • Size- 82 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Midday

City Folk[edit]

Mantis (City Folk).png     ''Exclusively predatory, these will attack insects larger than themselves."
  • Size- 23 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- All day

Further Information[edit]

Hierodula patellifera.

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.

A real-life mantis.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カマキリ
Spanish Mantis religiosa Religious mantis (due to its pose, resembling praying)
French Mante religieuse Religious mantis (due to its pose, resembling praying)
Dutch Bidsprinkhaan Mantis
German Gottesanbeterin Mantis, lit. Female God Worshiper
Italian Mantide Mantis
Korean 사마귀
Chinese 螳螂
Russian Богомол