Rice grasshopper

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Artwork of rice grasshopper
Real-world info
Name: Oxya yezoensis
Family: Acrididae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Рисовая кобылка

The rice grasshopper[nb 1] is a bug in the Animal Crossing series. The rice grasshopper first appeared in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and has appeared in all subsequent games. It is distinguishable from the grasshopper by the rattling noise that it makes.

In the games that the rice grasshopper appears in, it is an uncommon bug that the player can encounter, and can be found on the ground, occasionally hopping. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it can be caught from late summer to the end of fall.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


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

Time of year Aug – Nov
Time of day 8 AM – 7 PM
Peak times Aug – Oct
Location On the ground
Size Unknown
Rarity Very rare
Selling price  400 Bells
Furniture 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
Weather Any weather
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 400 Bells
 Flick 600 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Rice grasshopper

Availability Not currently available
  • 2022-10-19 – 2022-10-22 (Rice Grasshopper Goals)
Location Sunburst Island PC Map Icon.png Sunburst Island
Size 30.1 mm – 39.9 mm
Selling price  10 Bells
Version added Unknown
Villager gift data Tier: 1 (Common)


  •  100 Bells
  • +2 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship points

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