Walking leaf
コノハムシ Konoha-mushi
Walking leaf encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
On the ground 600 Bells
Size Available in rain
70 mm Yes
Time of year Time of day
July to Early September (CF)
July to September (NL)
8am to 5pm
Scientific name Phyllium bioculatum (pulchrifolium)
Family Phyliidae- Walking leaves/leaf insects
Appearances CF, NL
Rarity Clear weather:
Scarce (★★★★),
During rain:
Uncommon (★★★)
Regional names Flag of Germany small Blattschrecke
Flag of France small Phyllie
Flag of Spain Insecto hoja
Flag of Italy small Insetto foglia
"I caught a walking leaf! I'm glad it can't run!" —New Leaf

The walking leaf (コノハムシ, Konoha-mushi?) is a rare to uncommon bug that was introduced in City Folk. They are found from July to September, from 8am to 5pm and can be found in all weather (rain and sun) but are more common in rain, perhaps because there are less bugs that linger in this weather. They camouflage themselves as furniture leaves (though appear a lighter shade of green) on the ground, but when approached they will flip over and reveal themselves. They are a counterpart to the walkingstick, and sell for the same price.

Donation to the museum

In City Folk

Upon donation to the Museum, Blathers will say:

"As you can see, walking leafs are extremely proficient at mimicking the appearance of leaves. What torments me is this: they also EAT leaves... Do they look at one another and think, "mmmmmmmm"?"

After donation, the walking leaf can be found on the middle-terrace of the bug exhibit, in the central enclosure near the eastern-most tree stump, sharing its enclosure with the grasshopper.

In New Leaf

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

"Walking leaves look just like real leaves. They're related to walking sticks, which resemble twigs. The females are better at mimicking leaves than the males, though they can't fly. Their mimicking is so thorough that some of them even have fake bite marks on their bodies."

After donating, the walking leaf can be found in the upper right room in the bug exhibit, walking around in the top right corner.

Capture quotes

"I caught a walking leaf! Finally, you'll leaf me alone!" —City Folk
"I caught a walking leaf! I'm glad it can't run!" —New Leaf
Japanese Quotes

「コノハムシを 捕まえた! にんぽう、木の葉がくれ~っ!」 —City Folk
「コノハムシを つかまえた! にんぽう、木の葉がくれ~っ!」 —New Leaf

"I caught a walking leaf! Ninja Technique, Hidden Leaf Summon!" (translation) (all versions)

Encyclopedia information

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Walking Leaf (City Folk)
"These blend into many leaf colors. Females own the best camouflage, but males fly."
Size About 70mm
Time Unknown
Season Summer

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Walking leaf encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a walking leaf! I'm glad it can't run!"
Size 77.5 mm
Time Morning-Evening
Season Summer


Further information

Main article: Phyllium bioculatum on Wikipedia
220px-Phyllium bilobatum, male larva

Phyllium bioculatum, also known as Gray's leaf insect, is an Asian species known as konoha-mushi (コノハムシ?"leaf insect"). Walking leaves are considered to show the best leaf mimics in the entire animal kingdom, so well that some even show signs of fake bite marks, to further confuse predators. When they walk, they sway to mimic a leaf being rocked by the wind. They can be found in South/Southeast Asia to Australia. A 47 million year old fossil found of a leaf insect shows that little has changed within the Phyliidae family, with this fossil showing traits found in the modern day walking leaves. Walking leaves also have a diet of black berry's and other small fruits.

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