Firefly

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Firefly
Firefly NH.png
Scientific name
Photuris lucicrescens
Family
Lampyridae - Fireflies
Months available June [nb 3]
December [nb 4]
Times available 7 PM to 4 AM
Location Flying near freshwater
Size 15 mm[nb 1]
~13 mm [nb 2]
Rarity Very common
Sell price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ホタル
Simplified Chinese 萤火虫
French Luciole
Spanish Luciérnaga
Italian Lucciola
Russian Светлячок

Korean 반디
Traditional Chinese 螢火蟲
Quebec French Luciole
Latin American Spanish Luciérnaga
German Leuchtkäfer
Dutch Vuurvliegje


The Firefly[nb 5] 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!"

Times Jun: 7 PM – 4 AM
Location Flying near freshwater
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 250 Bells
Tank 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.
Times Jun: 7 PM – 4 AM
Peak Times Unknown
Location Flying near freshwater
Bug Size 15 mm
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Tank 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.
Times Jun: 7 PM – 4 AM
Peak Times Unknown
Location Flying near freshwater
Bug Size 15 mm
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]

#49

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

Times Jun: 7 PM – 4 AM
Peak Times Unknown
Location Flying near freshwater
Size ~13 mm
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Tank 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
Rarity
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 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. Wild World and City Folk
  2. New Leaf
  3. Doubutsu no Mori to New Leaf, New Horizons (Northern Hemisphere)
  4. New Horizons (Southern Hemisphere)
  5. Japanese: ホタル Hepburn: Hotaru


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