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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
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.

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."

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Firefly (Wild World).gif    ''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 (City Folk).png     ''The posteriors of both females and males light up. They are not turn signals."
  • Size- About 15 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Night

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]

Language Name Meaning
French Luciole
German Leuchtkäfer Glow Beetle