- "I caught a wharf roach! Even the beaches must be messy!" —New Leaf
|Scientific name||Ligia exotica|
|Time of year||All year|
|Time of day||All day|
|Rarity||Uncommon (On Island)|
Rare (In Town)
|Selling price||200 Bells|
The Wharf Roach (フナムシ, Funamushi) is a new insect in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. They can be found on the beach where it quickly scurries away when the player comes close and vanishes if chased too far.
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the Wharf Roach no longer scurries around on the beach's sand, but can instead be found congregating in swarms on the beach's rock platforms, occupying a single square each. Again, walking too close causes a swarm to scurry off, as do all other activities that scare away bugs. Once the player catches one Wharf Roach with their net, the rest of the swarm dissipates, similarly to wasps and ants.
In New Horizons
Donating to the museum
Upon donation to the museum, the Wharf Roach can be found scurrying near the pond.
- "Wharf roaches can be seen along the sea, usually just above the waterline on rocky cliffs. They feed mainly on microalgae and detritus that drift to the seashore, making them cleaners of sorts. They often move in groups and run away quickly when they hear people approaching."
In New Horizons
When the player donates a Wharf Roach, Blathers will say this about it before thanking the player for his/her donation:
"The wharf roach is an omnivore, which is merely a polite way of saying it will eat almost anything. This skittering scavenger and its uncouth appetite help keep beaches clean, it's said. But I dare say, their long antenna and bulging eyes turn MY stomach. Unappetizing indeed..."
The wharf roach is an isopod that lives along coasts and shorelines. It is generally dark gray with brown appendages. They can grow up to 4 centimeters with the males being bigger than the females. It lives in crevices located in rocky coasts just above the splashing water. Its diet is mainly plant matter including diatoms and scavenging plant remains such as detritus.
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