Darner Dragonfly

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"I caught a darner dragonfly! Darn, I'm good!" —Animal Crossing
"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
Darner Dragonfly
Darner Dragonfly NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Anax parthenope
Family: Aeshnidae
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ギンヤンマ
Simplified Chinese 绿胸晏蜓
French Anax napolitain
Spanish Libélula caballito del diablo
Italian Libellula depressa
Russian Дозорщик

Korean 왕잠자리
Traditional Chinese 綠胸晏蜓
Quebec French Anax napolitain
Latin American Spanish Libélula caballito del diablo
German Königslibelle
Dutch Zuidelijke keizerlibel

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.

Catch details[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Darner Dragonfly WW Sprite.png    ''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

New Leaf[edit]

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Darner Dragonfly

Event Availability None
Location Sunburst Island
Size 73.7 mm - 80.2 mm
Catch Rate 19.5550%
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells, 2 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points

New Horizons[edit]


Darner Dragonfly
"I caught a darner dragonfly! It better watch its mouth!"

Time of Year North: Apr – Oct
South: Oct – Apr
Time of Day 8 AM – 5 PM
Location Flying near water
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 230 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 345 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

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..."

Real-world 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.

The creature in the games is mostly likely the lesser emperor (Anax parthenope), as this species is found throughout Europe, Asia, and northern Africa.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ギンヤンマ
Anax parthenope (lit. "silver dragonfly")

Korean 왕잠자리
Anax parthenope (lit. "royal dragonfly")

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
绿胸晏蜓 / 綠胸晏蜓
lǜxiōng yàntíng
Anax parthenope (lit. "green-chested darner")

Russian Дозорщик

Dutch Zuidelijke keizerlibel Anax parthenope (lit. "southern darner")

German Königslibelle Darner, lit. "Regal dragonfly"

European Spanish Libélula caballito del diablo From "libélula" (dragonfly) and "caballito del diablo" (damselfly)

European French Anax napolitain Anax parthenope (lit. "Anax dragonfly from Napoli")

Italian Libellula depressa Libellula depressa, the broad-bodied chaser (likely mistranslation)