Petaltail Dragonfly

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"I caught a giant petaltail! I tamed the beast!" —City Folk
"I caught a petaltail dragonfly! He may be big, but I'm bigger!" —New Leaf
Petaltail Dragonfly
Giant Petaltail
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Giant Petaltail (New Leaf).png
Scientific name Petalura ingentissima
Family Petaluridae - the ancient petaltails
Time of year August to October
Time of day 4pm to 7pm
Location Flying
Size 160 mm
Rarity Rare (CF)
Very Rare (NL)
Selling price 8,000 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Petaltail Dragonfly (テイオウムカシヤンマ, Teioumukashiyanma), also known as the Giant Petaltail in Animal Crossing: City Folk, is found in August, September, and October. It is considered a rare insect, selling for 8,000 Bells. It is dark and is easily identifiable due to its immense size and evasive flying ability, making it difficult to catch. It also can fly over cliffs, unlike other dragonflies. It has the largest picture of all bugs in the encyclopedia. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the Petaltail Dragonfly is much more rare than it is in City Folk.

Donating to the museum[edit]

In Animal Crossing: City Folk[edit]

When donated to the museum, Blathers the curator says the following:

"Hootie hoo! It's like looking at a living ancestor of today's dragonflies! A vile ancestor... It's so big that when I tell people I spotted one, no one wants to believe me. Folks claim I'm being daft. It's understandable, wot? When I look at this thing, I think I might very well BE hallucinating..."

The Giant Petaltail can be found on the third tier of the insect section of the museum, at the top of the ramp, with the Lantern Fly, Fruit Beetle, and Scarab Beetle, to name a few. During the evening hours, it can be found sitting on the sign in that section of the museum.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, the Petaltail Dragonfly can be found on a sign post at night and flying around in the day in the back of the upper right room of the insect section. The exhibit has this to say about the Petaltail Dragonfly:

"Dragonflies very similar to petaltail dragonflies have been found in fossils from the Jurassic period. They are considered "living fossils" that haven't changed much since prehistoric times. Their wingspan is over 16 cm, making them the world's largest dragonfly."

Bug Encyclopedia information[edit]

City Folk[edit]

Petaltail Dragonfly CF Icon.png     ''The biggest dragonfly in the world, these primitive insects are living fossils."
  • Size- About 160mm
  • Season- Fall
  • Time- Dusk

Further information[edit]

A giant petaltail (Petalura ingentissima)

Petalura ingentissima, commonly known as the giant petaltail, is the largest dragonfly species in the world, its wingspan measuring 160 mm. Its range is restricted to the northern parts of Queensland, Australia, and unlike other species, the larva live in underground burrows - from which they prey upon passing insects. Although the genus to which the giant petaltail belongs dates back to the Jurassic period, its members have not evolved substantially, a fact able to be observed by examining the fossils that have been discovered.

Names in other languages[edit]

German Riesenlibelle Giant Dragonfly


Sprites and models[edit]