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"I caught a migratory locust! It migrated to a good spot!" —New Leaf

The migratory locust (トノサマバッタ, Tonosamabatta?) is an extremely skittish bug in the Animal Crossing series.

In the GCN games it jumps extremely far when flushed, and is a great challenge to catch, hence the high sell price. It is the hardest to catch in Animal Forest, as in this version bugs can traverse multiple acres. In Animal Forest+ and beyond it is restricted to the acre in which it appears. In Wild World and City Folk, where acres are no longer visually present, it was less expensive and its jump distance had been reduced.

Donation to the museum

Like all bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the migratory locust can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers, who will give a small talk on it.

In Animal Crossing

"I have a rather difficult time dealing with the soft underbellies of grasshoppers. They're...vulgar. And their legs! Why do they come off so easily when one merely handles the beasts? Blech! Simply horrid!"

In Wild World

Upon donating to the Museum, Blathers the curator will say;

"I wonder if the migratory locust thinks about where it's going to go next? Frankly, I suspect it plans not at all and just flies about willy-nilly... Hardly a recommended way of traveling, eh wot? Hoo... But I digress..."

In City Folk

Blathers will say this upon donation:

"Ah, hoo, migratory locusts. As their name suggests, they fly far...quite far, in point of fact. These insects will fly as a group into fields, devour all the crops, and completely devastate the land. Just one of these beasts is sufficiently horrifying, so imagine how abominable a swarm would be... Blech!"

The Migratory Locust can be found near the Dung Beetle and Long Locust.

In New Leaf

In New Leaf an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.

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"Migratory locusts are large insects that can jump up to 32 feet, as they open their wings when they jump. These locusts love to eat and can consume their own weight in food every single day. As a group, their hunger is enough that a million locusts can consume one ton of food per day. Oddly, when migratory locusts grow up surrounded only by other locusts, their shells will be entirely black."

In New Horizons

In New Horizons, upon donation or selecting "Tell me about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):

"Ah yes, the lone migratory locust... It seems like such a harmless hopper as it bounces about in the grass. But beware! When these pests band together and travel in swarms, they leave devastation in their wake! Migratory locusts have gathered by the millions throughout history, wiping out crops and causing famine. That's why I always say, "Never let a locust hang out with its friends!" That is precisely how a plague begins."

Capture quotes

"I caught a migratory locust! I wonder if it flies south for the winter..." —Animal Crossing
"I caught a migratory locust! Ain't migrating any more!" —Wild World
"I caught a migratory locust! Migrate into my pocket!" —City Folk
"I caught a migratory locust! Things just went south for this guy!" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Migratory locust (Wild World).png "Despite their appearance, they are skittish."
Size 5 mm
Time Midday
Season Fall
Icon Migratory locust (Wild World icon).png



City Folk

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Migratory Locust (City Folk).png
"Despite their large size, these are skittish and scare easily."
Size About 58 mm
Time Morning-Dusk
Season Fall



New Leaf

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Migratory locust encyclopedia (New Leaf).jpg
"I caught a migratory locust! It migrated to a good spot!"
Size 52 mm
Time Morning-Evening
Season Summer-Fall



Further information

Main article: Migratory locust on Wikipedia

A real-life migratory locust

The migratory locust  (Locusta migratoria) is the most widespread locust species, and the only species in the genus Locusta. These species are found throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Pigmentation and size of the migratory locust vary according to its phase (gregarious or solitary form) and its age. Gregarious larvae have a yellow to orange covering with black spots; solitary larvae are green or brown. The gregarious adult is brownish with yellow, the latter color becoming more intense and extensive on maturation. The solitary adult is brown with varying extent of green color depending on the color of the vegetation. Gregarious adults vary in size between 40 and 60 mm according to the gender; they are smaller than the solitary adults.

In other languages

Migratory locust
Language Name
Japan Japanese トノサマバッタ Tonosamabatta
France French Criquet pèlerin
Spain Spanish Langosta migratoria
Germany German Wanderschrecke
Italy Italian Locusta migratoria
The Netherlands Dutch Treksprinkhaan
China Chinese 飞蝗/飛蝗 Fēihuáng
South Korea Korean 섬풀무치 Seompulmuchi


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