Walking stick
ナナフシ Nanafushi
Walking stick encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
On trees 600 Bells
Size Available in rain
85 mm Yes
Time of year Time of day
July to November 4am to 7pm
Scientific name Neohirasea japonica
Family Phasmatidae
Appearances WW, CF, NL
Rarity Uncommon (★★★)
Regional names Flag of France small Phasme
Flag of Germany small Stabschrecke
Flag of Spain Insecto palo
Flag of Italy small Insetto stecco
"I caught a walking stick! Check out its walking schtick!" —New Leaf

The walking stick (ナナフシ, Nanafushi?) is a bug that was introduced in Wild World. It looks like a stick with legs. They are found from July to November. It is fairly difficult for the player to see it, for at some angles, the walking stick may blend in with the tree, also making its color borders turn gray. When approached they will fade away with a boop sound. It is a rare bug. In City Folk and New Leaf, they have a counterpart, known as the Walking Leaf.

Donation to the museum

In Wild World

Upon donation, Blathers says:

"The walkingstick not only impersonates a tree branch but will also play dead! Such deceptive creativity both intrigues and disgusts me, I have to say..."

In City Folk

Blathers will talk about the walkingstick as he reluctantly accepts the bug into the museum:

"Walkingsticks can skillfully disguise themselves as twigs or thin branches. What deceptive wretches! Just imagine going to grab what you thought was a twig and having it go SQUISH in your hand... Such epic foulness! Just thinking about that dark day gives me owl bumps!" (Owl bumps is a pun referring to goose bumps)

The walkingstick can be found on the third platform, on the second tree to the left, in the insect exhibition once donated.

In New Leaf

Blathers will no longer give a description upon receiving the bug, but the museum description is as follows:

"Walking sticks disguise themselves to confuse predators and are very closely related to walking leaves. They have cylindrical bodies that look like sticks. Some of them can even change their pigmentation. Females can lay eggs without the males, so most of the walking sticks you see are females."

Capture quotes

"I caught a walkingstick! It's a walking...stick?" —Wild World
"I caught a walkingstick! A stick...that walks?!" —City Folk

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Walking stick (Wild World) "They will cut off their own legs when preyed upon. Like a lizard's tail, the legs grow back."
Size 85 mm
Time Midday
Season Fall
Icon Walking stick (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Walkingstick (City Folk)
"These will tear their legs off to flee predators... but their legs then grow back!"
Size About 85 mm
Time Morning-Dusk
Season Fall

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Walking stick encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a walking stick! Check out it's walking schtick!"
Size 83.6 mm
Time Morning-Evening
Season Summer-Fall


Further information

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Phasmatodea (the order of Stick Insects) can be found all over the world in warmer zones, especially the tropics and subtropics. The greatest diversity is found in Southeast Asia and South America, followed by Australia. Phasmids also have a considerable presence in the continental United States, mainly in the Southeast. This type of insect appears remarkably similar to a twig on a tree in order to avoid detection by predators. Some have the ability to change color to suit their surroundings better, and all have been observed to sway in the wind as small twigs would, so they can hide themselves more effectively.

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