"I did it! I caught a banded dragonfly! Now to find the rest of its band!" —New Leaf

The banded dragonfly (オニヤンマ, Oniyanma?) is a bug found in all of the Animal Crossing series games. It is rare, variably fast (when undisturbed in GCN games they may fly as fast as a regular dragonfly) and are as a result difficult to capture. It can be found in the months of July and August, during the day between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm. While the Giant Petaltail is also present in August, the time of day the two appear does not overlap.

Despite being found during the summer it does not appear on the Island in New Leaf, but it can be found during some tours.

Donation to the museum

Upon donation to the Museum, Blathers will say:

In Animal Crossing

"I've heard that Tom Nook pays quite a fair price for specimens such as this. Thank you for your generosity. But all that nonsense aside, this is a colossal dragonfly! Of course, that merely makes it colossally repulsive."

In Wild World

"Hoo! You caught a banded dragonfly! Most impressive. Rather difficult, was it? Bit of a hairy fellow, wot? I say, some cosmetic plucking would really help..."

In City Folk

"Banded dragonflies are rather flashy... Just look at those piercing green eyes. The black and yellow body! Not to mention their sheer size and--OH, HORRORS! The beast is looking right at me! Look away, fiend!"

It can be found in the first terrace of the bug exhibit, flying near the small pool of water near the flowers. It shares its pool with the Darner Dragonfly.

In New Leaf

After donating, the museum sign will read:

"Banded dragonflies have black-and-yellow-striped bodies and bright-green eyes. They are large and can fly quite fast. They have strong jaws, so it might be painful if you're bitten. Their larval stage lasts two to four years, where they live near water, feeding on tadpoles and small fish."

Capture quote

"Yes!!! I caught a Banded Dragonfly! Look at those stripes!" —Animal Crossing
"I did it! I caught the elusive banded dragonfly!" —Wild World
"Whoo hoo! Did you see that? Did you? I caught a banded dragonfly!" —City Folk
" I did it! I caught a banded dragonfly! Now to find the rest of its band!" — New Leaf

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Banded dragonfly (Wild World) "They have tiger stripes and can be hard to catch."
Size 90 mm
Time Midday
Season Summer
Icon Banded dragonfly (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Banded Dragonfly (City Folk)
"These got their name because of their tigerlike banding and evasion skills."
Size About 90 mm
Time Morning-Dusk
Season Summer

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Banded dragonfly new leaf
"I did it! I caught a banded dragonfly! Now to find the rest of its band!"
Size 90 mm
Time Morning-Evening
Season Summer


Further information

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A banded dragonfly

Main article: Anotogaster sieboldii on Wikipedia

The banded dragonfly is the largest species of dragonfly native to Japan. It reaches a length of nearly 10cm. In Japan, this species is known as oniyanma. They prefer small, clear woodland streams and can often be found flying slowly above the surface. However, when disturbed, they can fly remarkably quickly to get out of perceived danger. This is reflected by the speed at which the banded dragonfly moves in the Animal Crossing series.

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