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"Whoa! A firefly! I caught a firefly! Yow! They're really hot!" —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"I caught a firefly! The gentle light... It relaxes me..." —Wild World
"Whoo! I caught a firefly! Now I don't need a flashlight!" —City Folk
Japanese ホタル Korean 반디 Chinese 萤火虫
French Luciole Italian Lucciola Spanish Luciérnaga
German Leuchtkäfer Dutch Vuurvliegje Russian Светлячок
Firefly NH.png
Scientific name Photuris lucicrescens
Family Lampyridae - Fireflies
Time of year June
Time of day 8pm to 4am
Location Near fresh water
Size 15 mm
Rarity Very common
Selling price 300 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Firefly (ホタル, Hotaru) is a very common insect in the Animal Crossing series. It can be found between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. in June, flying near fresh water (rivers and ponds). It is easy to find, emitting a glow that fades and strengthens. In Wild World, fireflies are represented by bright yellow 'blobs', the same color as the light given off by buildings. In City Folk, fireflies appear more realistic.

Catch details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]


"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
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 450 Bells
Tank 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 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 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.

Encyclopedia information[edit]

After the player has caught a Firefly for the first time, they can find information about it in the bug tab of their encyclopedia.

Wild World[edit]

Firefly WW Sprite.png    ''Both males and females light up. They inhale to light up, and exhale to go out."
  • Size- 15 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Night

City Folk[edit]

Firefly CF Icon.png     ''The posteriors of both females and males light up. They are not turn signals."
  • Size- About 15 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Night

New Leaf[edit]

Firefly (New Leaf).png
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- 8pm to 4am
  • Record Size-

      Have a larger Firefly? Feel free to add it!

Further information[edit]

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.

A real life firefly


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ホタル

Korean 반디

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
萤火虫 / 螢火蟲

Russian Светлячок

Dutch Vuurvliegje -

German Leuchtkäfer Glow Beetle

European Spanish Luciérnaga -

European French Luciole -

Italian Lucciola -

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