Lantern Fly

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"I caught a lanternfly! You light up my life!" —Wild World
"I caught a lantern fly! But... where do I put the kerosene?" —City Folk
"I caught a lantern fly! Hmm. Must have run out of gas." —New Leaf
Lantern Fly
Scientific name Fulgora laternaria
Family Fulgoridae - Lantern Flies
Time of year June to September
Time of day 4pm to 7pm, 11pm to 8am
Location On trees
Size 70 mm
Rarity Rare
Selling price 1,800 Bells (Wild World, New Leaf)
2,000 Bells (City Folk)
Appearances Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf

The Lantern Fly (ビワハゴロモ. Biwahagoromo) is an insect found on trees between June and September at two different times of the evening, between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., then again from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.. It is uncommon and can be found in the rain as well as on clear evenings.

Donating to the museum[edit]

As with all insects in the Animal Crossing series, the Lantern Fly can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers, who will give a small talk about it.

In Wild World[edit]

"The lantern fly drinks the sap of the lychee, whose fluids are said to be sweet. ...The question is, who first sampled the lychee, anyhoo? It looks repellant! It took a gourmand braver than I, I assure you!"

In City Folk[edit]

"It's said that a diet of sap from the lychee tree makes the bodily fluids of the lantern fly sweet. It's also said the proper way to try them is to break off the tips of the horns and sip them like straws... It's ALSO said that anyone who does those things is officially googly-boogly out of his or her mind."

The Lantern Fly can be found in the top-most level of the insect section of the museum, perched on the right-most cedar tree, next to the sign.

In New Leaf[edit]

The Lantern Fly resting on a tree in the Museum in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Upon being donated, the Lantern Fly can be found in the room of the bug exhibit with the light in, resting on a tree near the light. The exhibit has this to say about the Lantern Fly:

"Lantern flies stay on trees to drink tree sap, which is where you'll most commonly find them. Their heads are shaped like alligators, though this is just an odd coincidence. Their wings have patterns that look like eyes so when they're open they can scare off predators. They don't really cry that much, but they are still related to cicadas to some extent. "

Encyclopedia information[edit]

"With alligator-like heads and mothlike wings, these are actually cicadas."

Further information[edit]

Fulgora laternaria (also known as Lantern Fly, Alligator Bug, Peanut Bug, etc.) is related to cicadas. It gets the name 'lantern fly' and 'alligator bug' from its oddly shaped and colored head. Its head is shaped like a serpent or lizard, similar to an alligator's head, which is mentioned in the description in the Bugs and Fish tab. The name 'lantern fly' however, comes from the mistaken belief, first by Carl Linnaeus, that they are luminescent. It protects itself by opening its wings, which reveals fake eyes. Its head may also further protect itself, by scaring potential predators. In the game, it displays its wings when the player gets close to it.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Laternaria Part of latin name
German Laternenträger Lantern carrier