Pill bugs are common land-dwelling crustaceans. They take shelter in dark, moist areas such as rocks in order to conserve water. Pill bugs appear in all games in the Animal Crossing series. This bug, like the centipede, is more common in the winter and spring months. The player can obtain a pill bug by hitting rocks with a shovel until they find one, similar to the strategy used when the player is looking for the bell rock.
- "だんごむしを つかまえた! たべてはいけない!" —Animal Forest
- "I caught a pill bug! I bet that's a bitter pill for it to swallow. (That was really awful.)" —Animal Crossing
- "I caught a pill bug! Roll up if you want...you're MINE!" —Wild World
- "I caught a pill bug! Why don't you chill, bug?" —City Folk
- "I caught a pill bug! I don't know... it seems nice to me!" —New Leaf
- "I caught a pill bug! That's a tough act to swallow!" —New Horizons
Donation to the museum
In Animal Crossing
"Tell me, <player>, have you ever turned a pill bug over and examined its repellant underside? The legs...so many of them...jerking...wiggling...writhing...Blech! Abhorrent! Wretched little monsters!"
In Wild World
"I'm sure you've had this happen: your pill bug won't roll up for some reason...and it's only later you discover it's a wood louse!...No? Never happen to you? Very well, I'm mad."
In City Folk
"Indeed, when they're all rolled up in a ball, pill bugs seem harmless enough... But flip them over and... OH, THOSE LEGS! Absolutely repugnant. Thinking about how they wriggle and squirm has my feathers crawling! Foulness! Hold a moment. I do rather poorly with shiny, wriggly, wretched creatures like this one."
In New Leaf
An information board in the bug exhibit will give information on this bug.
"Pill bugs live in moist places, which is why you will commonly find them under rocks and in stumps. When they're touched, they roll into a ball. Oddly enough, they're part of the crustacean family. As such, and since they don't like dry places, they can travel for a short time underwater if need be."
In New Horizons
When either donating to the museum or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):
"Blech, the pill bug! Children delight at the way these beasts roll into balls when poked... But the appeal is utterly lost on me. One look at their leggy undersides... Hoo! Ewww! How they wriggle! Young pill bugs shed their exoskeletons as they grow, and in doing so, sprout another pair of legs. As if 12 appendages weren't alarming enough! Yuck, I say. Yuck!"
| "Pill bugs are crustaceans, like shrimp or crabs. They breathe with gills, so they can survive under water."|
- Main article: Armadillidium vulgare on Wikipedia
Pill bugs, Armadillidium vulgare, are from a group of crustaceans that have been known to exist for at least 300 million years. Many members of their family exist as marine crustaceans (Sea Slaters), but some have developed to live on the land while retaining their water-dependent lifestyle. Pill bugs can lay several hundred eggs at one time. Their characteristic defense mechanism, which involves rolling into a protective ball, is copied in-game. The pill bug rolls into a ball when a player approaches it, making it much easier to catch than other ground-dwelling bugs. Their close cousins, woodlice, are frequently mistaken for this bug and vice versa but are easily separated by their shape, color, and lack of ability to roll up.
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