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Red dragonfly Gallery

"I caught a red dragonfly! Wonder if it breathes fire..." —New Leaf

The red dragonfly (アキアカネ, Akiakane?) is a common bug in the dragonfly family. They appear alone in all games except Animal Crossing, where they often appear in groups of five. It is restricted to autumn months.

Donation to the museum

Like all bugs, the red dragonfly can be donated to the Museum.

In Animal Crossing

Upon donation, Blathers will comment:

"player, have you ever peered closely into a dragonfly's eyes? Blech! Ghastly, really. Hoo, but I digress..."

In Wild World

Upon donation, Blathers will comment:

"Ever looked into the eyes of a red dragonfly, or any dragonfly, for that matter? They've "compound eyes," where multiple eyeballs are stuck together, wot! Just think of all those beady little eyes on you! Blech! How very vile... To be honest, bugs with only TWO eyes make me gag."

In City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers will comment:

"Since red dragonflies can't regulate their body temperatures, they only come out in the fall. They actually perish when the heat climbs over 86 degrees Fahrenheit. No summer fun for them, wot?"

The Red Dragonfly can be seen in the lower tier of the bug exhibit, flying around the small pool of water in the area closest to the entrance.

In New Leaf

In New Leaf, a sign in the bug exhibit will provide more information on the species.

"Red dragonflies are seen in the fall, as they're rather sensitive to the heat of summer. They stay in the mountains during the summer and come down to the plains in cooler weather. The males' bodies turn red when they're mature, but their heads and thoraxes are brownish. The females have a more yellowish color and aren't as red as the males, making them easy to tell apart."

In New Horizons

When either donating to the museum or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):

"I won't deny that the wretched red dragonfly is an elegant aeronaut. It manipulates its four wings quite uniquely so it can hover and maneuver through the air with ease. But the veins on its wings! What ghastly things! One can't help but gasp at the sight of them... Appalling aerodynamics, indeed!"

Capture quotes

"I caught a red dragonfly! I wonder if it can breathe fire..." —Animal Crossing
"I caught a red dragonfly! It's the color of sunset!" —Wild World
"I caught a red dragonfly! It's magic!" —City Folk
"I caught a red dragonfly! I wonder if it breathes fire..." —New Leaf
"I caught a red dragonfly! Didn't even have to roll for initiative!" —New Horizons
Japanese Quotes

「アキアカネだ! ゆうやけ こやけの ア力ネいろ!」 —Animal Forest and Animal Forest e+

"It's a red dragonfly! It's the color of burning!" (translation)

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Red dragonfly (Wild World).png "In the summer, they flit around the mountains, but in the fall they come back to ground level. Like leaves, they turn redder in the fall."
Size 38 mm
Time Evening
Season Fall
Icon Red dragonfly (Wild World icon).png

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Red Dragonfly (City Folk).png
"These live in the mountains in summer and the valleys in fall."
Size About 38 mm
Time Morning-Dusk
Season Fall

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Red dragonfly encyclopedia (New Leaf).jpg
"I caught a red dragonfly! I wonder if it breathes fire..."
Size 57 mm
Time Morning-Evening
Season Summer

Further information

A real-life red dragonfly

Main article: Red-veined Darter on Wikipedia

This dragonfly is known as the Autumn Darter in English. It has a very profound seasonal migration throughout various habitats. In the summer it usually stays high in the mountains, but near winter it descends to lower elevations. This dragonfly is noted for congregating in large numbers along streams, which is referenced in the original Animal Crossing where it occurs in groups of five. Unlike in the Animal Crossing series, in real life they start appearing from July onward, but are not common until it cools down around August and September.


  • The capture quotes used in Animal Crossing, City Folk, New Leaf and New Horizons all make reference to the classic table-top game, Dungeons and Dragons and Advanced Dungeons and Dragons.

In other languages

Red dragonfly
Language Name
Japan Japanese アキアカネ Akiakane
France French Sympetrum
Spain Spanish Libélula roja
Germany German Feuerlibelle
Italy Italian Libellula rossa
The Netherlands Dutch Rode libel
Russia Russian TBA красная стрекоза krasnaya strekoza
China Chinese 红蜻蜓/紅蜻蜓 Hóngqīngtíng
South Korea Korean 고추잠자리 Gochujamjari

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