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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
Scientific name Petalura ingentissima
Family Petaluridae
Time of year August to October
Time of day 4pm to 7pm
Location Flying
Size 160 mm
Catch size Unknown
Rarity Evening: Rare (****)
Morning: Very rare (*****)
Sale price 8,000 Bells
Appearances Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
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 (being similar in body length to the player's height) and swift flying ability, making it difficult to catch. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, it is significantly slower, being only slightly faster than the Darner Dragonfly in terms of speed. 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

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


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.


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