"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

As with all bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the lantern fly can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers, who will give a small talk about it.

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."

Capture quotes

"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
"I caught a lantern fly! Hmm. Must have run out of gas." —New Leaf

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Lantern fly (Wild World).png "Their heads look exactly like an alligator's. They look like moths, but are actually cicadas."
Size 70 mm
Time Cool days
Season Summer
Icon Lantern fly (Wild World icon).png

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Lantern Fly (City Folk).png
"With alligator-like heads and mothlike wings, these are actually cicadas."
Size About 70 mm
Time Dusk
Season Summer

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Lantern fly encyclopedia (New Leaf).jpg
"I caught a lantern fly! Hmm. Must have run out of gas."
Size 75 mm
Time Night-Morning
Season Summer


Further information

A lanternfly

Fulgora 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.

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