|Petaluridae - the ancient petaltails|
|Months available||August to October|
|Times available||5 PM to 7 PM|
|Rarity||Rare (City Folk) |
Very Rare (New Leaf)
|Sell price||8,000 Bells|
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The Petaltail Dragonfly (テイオウムカシヤンマ, Teioumukashiyanma) (known as the Giant Petaltail in City Folk) is a rare bug introduced in City Folk. It can be found flying in the air from 5 PM to 7 PM between August and October. 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.
In City Folk
In New Leaf
Donating to the museum
"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.
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."
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.
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