Firefly

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Firefly
Artwork of Firefly
Real-world info
Name: Photuris lucicrescens
Family: Lampyridae - Fireflies
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages
 ホタル
 萤火虫
 Luciole
 Luciérnaga
 Lucciola
 Светлячок
 반디
 螢火蟲
 Luciole
 Luciérnaga
 Leuchtkäfer
 Vuurvliegje

The Firefly[nb 1] is a very common bug in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Doubutsu no Mori. It can be found between 7 PM and 4 AM in June, flying near fresh water bodies as it intermittently emits bioluminescence. In earlier games, the Firefly appears as only a small glowing yellow orb, but starting with City Folk, it has a more realistic appearance.

Catch details[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

#24
Firefly
"Whoa! A firefly! I caught a firefly! Yow! They're really hot!"

Time of year Jun
Time of day 7 PM – 4 AM
Location Flying near water
Weather Any except rain
Selling price  250 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0


In Wild World[edit]

#38

Firefly
"I caught a firefly! The gentle light... It relaxes me..."

Description Both males and females light up. They inhale to light up, and exhale to go out.
Time of year Unknown
Time of day Jun: 7 PM – 4 AM
Peak times N/A
Location Flying near freshwater
Bug size 15 mm
Selling price  300 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0


In City Folk[edit]

#42

Firefly
"Whoo! I caught a firefly! Now I don't need a flashlight!"

Description The posteriors of both females and males light up. They are not turn signals.
Time of year Jun
Time of day 7 PM – 4 AM
Peak times N/A
Location Flying near freshwater
Bug size 15 mm
Rarity Very uncommon
Selling price  300 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0


In New Leaf[edit]

#49

Firefly
"I caught a firefly! Now I'm glowing with pride!"

Time of year Jun
Time of day 7 PM – 4 AM
Peak times N/A
Location Flying near freshwater
Size ~13 mm
Rarity Uncommon
Selling price  300 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0


In New Horizons[edit]

#36

Firefly
"I caught a firefly! I'm on fire now!"

Time of year North: Jun
South: Dec
Time of day 7 PM – 4 AM
Location Flying near water
Weather Any except rain
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 300 Bells
 Flick 450 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0


Donating to the museum[edit]

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

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"I must admit that a night sky filled with whirling fireflies is quite charming. It fills me with a sense of peace... But...why do their strange, magical bums glow? To be quite honest, it's positively indecent! Hooo... But I digress..."

In Wild World[edit]

"I've heard tales of children unable to buy candles... Yes, these unfortunate souls are said to have studied by firefly light! Ugh. The mere thought of having a bug that close... Blech! So very vile... I'd rather read in darkness!"

The Firefly can be found hovering over the pond in the first room of the Insect exhibit.

In City Folk[edit]

"Many theories exist as to why fireflies can glow, but we've yet to find a clear answer, eh wot? The answer is not nearly so relevant as the fact they are bugs, and therefore wretched."

It can be found hovering over the small pond to the bottom-left in the bottom terrace, occasionally.

In New Leaf[edit]

After being donated to the museum, the Firefly can be found periodically hovering over a small pond in the first room of the insect exhibit. The exhibit says the following:

"Both male and female fireflies are capable of producing light from their lower abdomens. This light isn't the same as the light from a lightbulb, though, and isn't hot when you touch it. Fireflies can actually glow when in the egg and larval stages, but that light is comparatively weaker."

In New Horizons[edit]

"The firefly isn't a fly at all! It is a beetle, you see--and one known for its ghastly glowing backside. This light is called "bioluminescence" and it is caused by...by...a chemical reaction in the rump. Males flash about in the night sky to attract females, while their larvae turn on the glow to put off predators. Speaking of their yucky young, firefly larvae love to dine on snails! Hoo Ewwww!"

After being donated, fireflies can be found hovering above the pond that surrounds the "quiet bench" area in the main bug exhibit.

Gallery[edit]

Real-world information[edit]

Firefly Real.jpg

The lampyridae, colloquially known as the firefly or lightning bug, is an insect most notable for its bioluminescence. In this regard it is similar to the jellyfish. Oddly enough, there are many species that do not produce light at all.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ホタル
hotaru
Firefly

Korean 반디
bandi

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
萤火虫 / 螢火蟲
yínghuǒchóng

Russian Светлячок
Svetlyanok

Dutch Vuurvliegje

German Leuchtkäfer Glow Beetle

European Spanish Luciérnaga

European French Luciole

Italian Lucciola

Notes[edit]

  1. Japanese: ホタル Hepburn: Hotaru