- "I caught a lantern fly! Hmm. Must have run out of gas." —New Leaf
The lantern fly (ビワハゴロモ, Biwahagoromo?) is a bug found on trees between the months of June and September, at two different times of the evening, between 4pm to 7pm, then again from 11pm to 8am. It is uncommon, and can be found in the rain as well as on clear evenings. As with Oak Silk Moths, they are very skittish and scared so extra care must be taken with approach. They are not related to fireflies.
Despite their misleading appearance and name, they are actually part of the cicada family.
Donation to the museum
In Wild World
Upon donation, Blathers says:
"The lantern fly drinks the sap of the lychee, whose fluids are said to be sweet. ...The question is, who first sampled the lychee, anyhoo? It looks repellant! It took a gourmand braver than I, I assure you!"
In City Folk
Blathers' speech is as follows:
"It's said that a diet of sap from the lychee tree makes the bodily fluids of the lantern fly sweet. It's also said the proper way to try them is to break off the tips of the horns and sip them like straws... It's ALSO said that anyone who does those things is officially googly-boogly out of their mind."
The lantern fly can be found in the top-most level of the bug section of the museum, perched on the right-most cedar tree, next to the sign.
In New Leaf
In New Leaf an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.
"Lantern flies stay on trees to drink tree sap, which is where you'll most commonly find them. Their heads are shaped like an alligators, though this is just an odd coincidence. Their wings have patterns that look like eyes so when they're open they can scare off predators. They don't really cry that much, but they are still related to cicadas to some extent."
- "I caught a lanternfly! You light up my life!" —Wild World
- "I caught a lantern fly! But... where do I put the kerosene?" —City Folk
| "Their heads look exactly like an alligator's. They look like moths, but are actually cicadas."|
Further informationFulgora laternaria (also known as Lantern Fly, Alligator Bug, Peanut Bug etc) is a type of cicada. It gets the name 'lantern fly' and 'alligator bug' from its odd shaped and colored head. Its head is shaped like a serpent, or lizard, similar in style to an alligator's head, which is mentioned in the description in the Bugs and Fish tab. The name 'lantern fly' however, comes from the color of its head, which was falsely claimed to be luminescent. It protects itself by opening its wings, which reveal fake eyes. It's head may also further protect itself, by scaring off potential predators. In the game, it displays its wings when the player gets close to it.