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"I caught a firefly! Now I'm glowing with pride!" —New Leaf

The firefly (ホタル, Hotaru?) is a common nocturnal bug in the Animal Crossing series. It occurs between 7pm and 4am, during the month of June, flying near fresh water (rivers and ponds). It is easy to find, giving off an eerie glow that calmly fades and strengthens. In Wild World, fireflies were represented by bright yellow 'blobs', the same color as the light given off by buildings.

Donation to the museum

As with all bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the firefly can be donated to the Museum followed by a small talk by Blathers, the curator.

In Wild World

Despite reluctantly accepting a firefly, Blathers will still talk about it;

"I've heard tales of children unable to buy candles... Yes, these unfortunate souls are said to have studied by firefly light! Ugh. The mere thought of having a bug that close... Blech! So very vile... I'd rather read in darkness!"

After donation, the firefly can be found in one of several locations. At night, it flies around the pond in the exhibit on the left of the first room, and can be seen as a yellow blob (as outside). In the daytime, it can be seen resting on a weed toward the south-west corner of the exhibit on the left of the first room, not lit up and presumably asleep.

In City Folk

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

"Many theories exist as to why fireflies can glow, but we've yet to find a clear answer, eh wot? The answer is not nearly so relevant as the fact they are bugs, and therefore wretched."

It can be found hovering over the small pond to the bottom-left in the bottom terrace, occasionally.

In New Leaf

After donating a firefly, the museum sign will read:

"Both male and female fireflies are capable of producing light from their lower abdomens. This light isn't the same as the light from a lightbulb, though, and isn't hot when you touch it. Fireflies can actually glow when in the egg and larval stages, but that light is comparatively weaker."

In New Horizons

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

"The firefly isn't a fly at all! It is a beetle, you see—and one known for its ghastly glowing backside. This light is called "bioluminescence" and it is caused chemical reaction in the rump. Males flash about in the night sky to attract females, while their larvae turn on the glow to put off predators. Speaking of their yucky young, firefly larvae love to dine on snails! Hoo! Ewwww!"

Capture quotes

"Whoa! A firefly! I caught a firefly! Yow! They're really hot!" —Animal Crossing
"Hey hey! I caught a firefly! The gentle light... It relaxes me..." —Wild World
"Whoo! I caught a firefly! Now I don't need a flashlight!" —City Folk
"I caught a firefly! I'm on fire now!" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Firefly (Wild World) "Both males and females light up. They inhale to light up, and exhale to go out."
Size 15 mm
Time Night
Season Summer
Icon Firefly (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Firefly (City Folk)
"The posteriors of both females and males light up. They are not turn signals."
Size About 15 mm
Time Night
Season Summer

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Firefly encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a fire fly! Now I'm glowing with pride!"
Size About 15 mm
Time Night
Season Summer


Further information

Real firefly

A real life firefly

' the wisp

Fireflies are often found in groups.

In real life, the firefly is a type of beetle. Fireflies produce light by a chemical reaction inside of their transparent thorax. It releases no heat, so the name firefly is misleading. Fireflies are a kind of beetle that inhabits wet meadows and marshes. Glowworms, a kind of firefly, are less picky in their habitat of choice.

In other languages

Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese ホタル Hotaru
Flag of France small French Luciole
Flag of Spain Spanish Luciérnaga
Flag of Germany small German Leuchtkäfer
Flag of Italy small Italian Lucciola
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Vuurvliegje
Flagofrussiasmall Russian Светлячок Svetlyachok
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 萤火虫/螢火蟲 Yínghuǒchóng
Flag of South Korea Korean 반디 Bandi

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