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"I caught a common dragonfly! I love the way they zoom around!" —Animal Crossing

The white-tailed skimmer, previously known as common dragonfly, is a common bug in the dragonfly family. It appears in Animal Forest, Animal Forest+, Animal Crossing, Animal Forest e+ and Pocket Camp. True to its name, it is the most common of the dragonflies during its season, being less abundant than the swarming red dragonfly in the autumn. It appears alone, similar to the banded and darner dragonfly, unlike red dragonflies do in Animal Crossing.

Donation to the museum[]

In Animal Crossing[]

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"<player>, have you ever peered closely into a dragonfly's eyes? Blech! Ghastly, really."

Capture quotes[]

Japanese Quotes

「シオカラトンボを つかまえた! なんか、へんななまえ!」 —Animal Forest

"I caught a common dragonfly! What a weird name!" (translation)

「シオカラトンボを つかまえた! なめたら しょっぱい?」 —Animal Forest e+

"I caught a common dragonfly! Will it be salty if I lick it?" (translation)

Further information[]

The common dragonfly is a representation of the white-tailed skimmer. This dragonfly can be found across nearly the entire Eurasian continent, from the plains of central Europe all the way to the islands of Japan. It does not tend to grow more than 7cm in wingspan, and lives near open ponds and lakes.


In other languages[]

White-tailed skimmer
Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese シオカラトンボ Shiokara-tonbo -
France French Orthétrum -
Spain Spanish Libélula común -
Germany German Östlicher Blaupfeil -

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