Darner Dragonfly

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"I caught a darner dragonfly! Darn, I'm good!" —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"I caught a darner dragonfly. Darn right, I did!" —Wild World
"I caught a darner dragonfly. It's darn cute!" —City Folk
"I caught a darner dragonfly! I got darn lucky!" —New Leaf
"I caught a darner dragonfly! It better watch its mouth!" —New Horizons
Darner Dragonfly
Scientific name Anax junius
Family Aeshnidae
Time of year June to August (DnM, AC, DnMe+, WW, CF, NL)
April to October (NH)
Time of day 8am to 5pm
Location Flying
Size 76 mm
Rarity Common
Selling price 200 Bells (DnM, AC, DnMe+, WW, CF, NL)
230 Bells (NH)
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Darner Dragonfly (ギンヤンマ, Gin'yanma) is a large insect that flies slowly around town. It is quite common and is easily recognized by its thin body and large wings. It is worth 200 Bells prior to New Horizons, where it is 230 bells.

Donating to the museum[edit]

As with all insects in the Animal Crossing series, the Darner Dragonfly can be donated to the museum followed by a small talk by Blathers.

In Animal Crossing[edit]

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

In Wild World[edit]

Although reluctant, Blathers will add the Darner Dragonfly to the museum's collection. He will also give a short speech about it;

"Tell me, were you aware dragonflies lay their eggs in the water? They do. Juvenile dragonflies are called "nymphs", you know. And they're grotesque too... Yes, sadly, not even youth can render vile insects attractive, I'm afraid."

The dragonfly can be found flitting about in the second room of the insect exhibit after being given to the museum. Every now and then, it comes in to rest on a patch of weeds in the center of the exhibition space.

In City Folk[edit]

Blathers will accept the Darner Dragonfly for addition to the museum's insect exhibit:

"At first glance, the darner dragonfly, like all dragonflies, appears to be quite a sleek bug, wot? But in its larval stage, this bug is a beastly little carnivore... I suppose if one were being eaten, one wouldn't care if whoever was doing the devouring looked sleek..."

After donation, the Darner Dragonfly can be seen flying around on the lower level of the insect room. Occasionally, it will land on the water of the nearby pond for a few seconds.

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 occasonally resting on the fence. The exhibit has this to say about the Darner Dragonfly:

"The heads and thoraxes of darner dragonflies are colored a lovely yellow green. The males have a light-blue spot on their bellies, which is not a trait the females share. Darner dragonflies can usually be seen flying around bodies of water such as lakes or ponds."

In New Horizons[edit]

Blathers has this to say about the Darner Dragonfly:

"The darner dragonfly is a very fast dragonfly, flying at speeds up to 40 miles per hour! They all have a distinctive green hue, but the males have blue underbellies while females have yellow ones. It all sounds pleasant enough, no? Well, did you know their young eat tadpoles...and even some small fish! Worse, these creepy carnivores will eat each other in a pinch! Grotesque does not describe it..."

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Darner dragonfly (Wild World).gif    ''Look for the bull's-eye on their foreheads!"
  • Size- 76 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- All day

City Folk[edit]

Darner Dragonfly CF Icon.png     ''These are called "mosquito hawks" for their predatory habits."
  • Size- About 76 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Morning to dusk

Further information[edit]

Darner dragonflies are quite common in real life. They can be seen usually dashing around bodies of water such as lakes or ponds.


Anax is the Ancient Greek word for King. Junius was the Roman term for the month of June. Anax Junius, can therefore be interpreted as the King of June. It is also notable that this dragonfly first appears in June.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Anax napolitain Latin name, and from Napoli.
German Königslibelle Darner, lit. Regal Dragonfly