Banded Dragonfly

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Banded Dragonfly
Banded Dragonfly NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Anotogaster sieboldii
Family: Cordulegastridae – Spiketails
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese オニヤンマ
Simplified Chinese 无霸勾蜓
French Cordulégastre
Spanish Libélula tigre
Italian Libellula striata
Russian Кордулегастер

Korean 장수잠자리
Traditional Chinese 無霸勾蜓
Quebec French Cordulégastre
Latin American Spanish Libélula tigre
German Quelljungfer
Dutch Bronlibel

The Banded Dragonfly[nb 1] is a bug in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Doubutsu no Mori. It can be found between 8 AM and 5 PM in July and August and sells for 4,500 Bells, and can be difficult to catch due to the fast speed at which it flies, as shown in its various descriptions and catch quotes.

Catch details[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]


Banded Dragonfly
"Yes!!! I caught a banded dragonfly! Look at those stripes!"

Times Jul – Aug: 8 AM – 5 PM
Location Flying
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4,500 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Wild World[edit]


Banded Dragonfly
"I did it! I caught the elusive banded dragonfly!"

Description They have tiger stripes and can be hard to catch.
Times 8 AM – 5 PM
Peak Times
Location Flying
Bug Size 90 mm
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4,500 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]


Banded Dragonfly
"Whoo hoo! Did you see that? Did you? I caught a banded dragonfly!"

Description These got their name because of their tigerlike banding and evasion skills.
Times Jul – Aug: 8 AM – 5 PM
Peak Times
Location Flying
Bug Size ~90 mm
Rarity Uncommon
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4,500 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


Banded Dragonfly
"I did it! I caught a banded dragonfly! Now to find the rest of its band!"

Times Jun – Aug: 8 AM – 5 PM
Peak Times
Location Flying
Size ~105 mm
Rarity Very uncommon
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4,500 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Banded Dragonfly

Event Availability None
Location Sunburst Island
Size 100.0 mm – 109.9 mm
Rarity ★★★
Catch Rate 2.9274%
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 3,000 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,500 Bells, 3 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie (20%), Bronze Treats (30%)

In New Horizons[edit]


Banded Dragonfly
"I did it! Did you see that? I caught a banded dragonfly!"

Time of Year North: May – Oct
South: Nov – Apr
Time of Day 8 AM – 5 PM
Location Flying near water
Total Catch 50
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4,500 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 6,750 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

When the Banded Dragonfly is donated to the museum, Blathers will say the following:

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"I've heard that Tom Nook pays quite a fair price for specimens such as this. Thank you for your generosity. But all that nonsense aside, this is a colossal dragonfly! Of course, that merely makes it colossally repulsive."'

In Wild World[edit]

"Hoo! You caught a banded dragonfly! Most impressive. Rather difficult, was it? Bit of a hairy fellow, wot? I say, some cosmetic plucking would really help..."

In City Folk[edit]

"Banded dragonflies are rather flashy... Just look at those piercing green eyes. The black and yellow body! Not to mention their sheer size and--OH, HORRORS! The beast is looking right at me! Look away, fiend!"

It can be found in the first terrace of the insect exhibit, flying near the small pool of water near the flowers. It shares its pool with the Darner Dragonfly.

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon being donated, the dragonfly can be found in the first room of the bug exhibit, flying around the pond and occasionally resting on the fence. The exhibit has this to say about the Banded Dragonfly:

"Banded Dragonflies have black-and-yellow-striped bodies and bright-green eyes. They are large and can fly quite fast. They have strong jaws, so it might be painful if you get bitten. Their larval stage lasts two to four years, where they live near water, feeding on tadpoles and small fish."

In New Horizons[edit]

"The banded dragonfly is known for its black-and-yellow-striped body, as well as for its piercing green eyes. And it is those very eyes that help make dragonflies master hunters, you see. Alas, when one looks at me, I can't help but feel it is sizing me up for a meal! Hoot! The horrors! Look away, fiend!"

When donated, the banded dragonfly can be found flying around the body of freshwater in the main room of the bug exhibit, alongside the darner dragonfly.

Commissioning a model[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, if the player brings three Banded Dragonflies to Flick to commission a model, he will say the following:

"R-really? You want a sculpture of a banded dragonfly? The burning scourge of the skyways? Perched on its golden hoard with the heart of a mountain and the will of a glacier, it is fury given form! I promise this will be my fiery-est masterpiece, and I shall title it The Grand Banded Dragonfly!"


Real-world information[edit]

Anotogaster sieboldii, also known as the golden-ringed dragonfly, jumbo dragonfly, Siebold's dragonfly or oniyanma, is the largest dragonfly species in East Asia, with populations in Japan, China, and the Korean Peninsula, and adults often reach lengths between 90 mm and 100 mm. It is characterized by its black and yellow segmented abdomen and thorax and its bright green eyes. Eggs are usually laid by females at the bottom of ponds and creeks a month after metamorphosis, taking about a month to hatch into nymphs, or larvae. As a nymph, it undergoes moulting almost ten times before reaching adulthood — which can often take four to five years; in addition, Anotogaster sieboldii preys upon aquatic wildlife when a nymph and small insects when mature.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese オニヤンマ
Anotogaster sieboldii (lit. "monster dragonfly")

Korean 장수잠자리
Anotogaster sieboldii (lit. "General/officer dragonfly")

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
无霸勾蜓 / 無霸勾蜓
wúbà gōutíng
Anotogaster sieboldii (lit. "peerless cordulegastrid")

Russian Кордулегастер
From related genus Cordulegaster

Dutch Bronlibel Cordulegastrid (lit. "spring (of water) dragonfly")

German Quelljungfer Cordulegastrid (lit. "spring (of water) maiden")

European Spanish Libélula tigre "Tiger dragonfly", usually refers to Cordulegaster boltonii, a similar-looking British species

European French Cordulégastre From family name Cordulegastridae or related genus Cordulegaster

Italian Libellula striata "Banded dragonfly"


  1. Japanese: オニヤンマ Hepburn: Oniyanma