Rice Grasshopper

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Rice Grasshopper
Rice Grasshopper NH.png
Scientific name
Oxya yezoensis
Months available August to November
Times available 8 AM to 7 PM
Location On grass
Size 25mm
Rarity Very Rare (New Leaf)
Sell price 400 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese イナゴ
Simplified Chinese 稻蝗
French Criquet
Spanish Langosta
Italian Locusta
Russian Рисовая кобылка

Korean 메뚜기
Traditional Chinese 稻蝗
Quebec French Criquet
Latin American Spanish Langosta
German Heuschrecke
Dutch Rijstsprinkhaan

A Rice Grasshopper[nb 1] is a very rare bug in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It is distinguishable from the Grasshopper by the rattling noise that it makes. It can be found on the ground from 8 AM to 7 PM between August and November, selling for 400 Bells.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Rice Grasshopper
"I caught a rice grasshopper! Now I just need a soy-sauce mantis!"

Times Aug – Nov: 8 AM – 7 PM
Peak Times Aug – Oct
Location In grass
Size 25 mm
Rarity Very Rare
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 400 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]


Rice Grasshopper
"I caught a rice grasshopper! I've been looking for a gluten-free alternative..."

Time of Year North: Aug – Nov
South: Feb – May
Time of Day 8 AM – 7 PM
Location On the ground
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 400 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 600 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

As with all bugs in the Animal Crossing series, Rice Grasshoppers can be donated to the museum and information about it can be found in the bug exhibit.

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, the Rice Grasshopper can be found on the right side of the first room of the insect section of the museum. "Rice grasshoppers are typically known as pests that eat farmers' crops, making them undesirable. But they are also edible, and boiling them in soy sauce is a typical way to prepare them in certain regions. While they are generally green, their shells will turn a darker color when heavily crowded in groups."

In New Horizons[edit]

"In point of fact, rice grasshoppers are an awful pest! They devour rice plants and wipe out the crucial crop. But revenge is sweet! These bugs are edible, you see, and so some folks eat them as way to get rid of them. When boiled in soy sauce, rice grasshoppers are quite tasty, it's said. Though why anyone would put an insect in their mouth is beyond me. The mere thought gives me the gags!"


Real-world information[edit]

A pair of rice grasshoppers

The Oxya yezoensis is a pest from Japan that feeds on rice plants in the paddies. It became a source of protein and calcium in inland areas of what is now known as Nagano Prefecture and was cooked in a variety of ways including skewered over a fire, or cooked with soy sauce and sugar. Eating these bugs was especially common after World War II due to food shortages and is depicted in the manga "Barefoot Gen." Inland Japan never sees natural swarms of these grasshoppers due to geological conditions.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese イナゴ

Korean 메뚜기

Simplified Chinese 稻蝗
dào huáng

Russian Рисовая кобылка
Risovaya kobylka
Rice filly

Dutch Rijstsprinkhaan Rice grasshopper

German Heuschrecke Locust

European Spanish Langosta Locust

European French Criquet Locust

Italian Locusta Locust


  1. Japanese: イナゴ Hepburn: Inago

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