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"I caught a giant petaltail! I tamed the beast!" —Animal Crossing: City Folk
"I caught a petaltail dragonfly! He may be big, but I'm bigger!" —Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Giant Petaltail
GiantPetaltail
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Scientific Name
Petalura ingentissima
Family
Petaluridae
Time of Year
Time of Day
4pm to 7pm
Location
Flying
Size
160 mm
Catch Size (NL)
N/A
Rarity
Evening: Rare (****)
Morning: Very rare (*****)
Selling Price
8,000 Bells
Regional Names
Flag of Japan small (テイオウムカシヤンマ)
Flag of Spain Libélula Gigante
Flag of Italy small Libellula gigante

The Giant Petaltail is a dragonfly found in August through October in the evening. It is called a Petaltail Dragonfly in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It is considered a rare bug, and sells for 8,000 bells. It is dark in color, and is easily identified due to its immense size and swift flying ability, making it difficult to catch. It also can fly over cliffs, unlike other bugs. It has the largest picture of all bugs and fish in the encyclopedia.

Cutting down trees increases its abundance, as other common species will not appear without the trees. However, replacing trees is time-consuming.

Donating to the Museum

In City Folk

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 bug 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 New Leaf

When donated to the museum, a board in the bug exhibit will display information about this bug:

"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

In Wild World and City Folk, players can access information about fish and bugs in the menu. Regarding the giant petaltail -

City Folk

Giant Petaltail (City Folk) ''The biggest dragonfly in the world, these primitive insects are living fossils."

Icon calendar Season: Fall
Icon clock Time: Dusk
Icon butterfly Size: About 160mm


New Leaf

PetaltailNL
Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing Not Present
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ Not Present
Animal Crossing: Wild World Not Present
Animal Crossing: City Folk Bug #26
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Bug #29


Gallery

Further Information

With a wingspan of 160mm, this giant dragonfly is tied with the Hawaiian Giant Darner (Anax strenuus) for the title of the largest dragonfly in the world. Due to lack of measurements and data, it is impossible to know the truth. Of further interest, the largest "Odonate" (Member of the dragonfly family) is somewhat ironically actually a damselfly (an insect normally known as a minituare version of a dragonfly) from Costa Rica named Megaloprepus coreulatus.

Giant Petaltails exist in North-eastern Australia in the state known as Queensland.

Giant petaltail queensland
Giant Petaltail in real life.
TalisethAdded by Taliseth
Giantpetaltail
Alternative image.


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