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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
Catch size Unknown
Rarity Rare
Sale price 1,800 Bells
Appearances Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of Spain Machaca

Flag of Germany small Laternenträger
Flag of Italy small Lanternaria
Flag of France small Lanternaria

The Lantern Fly is a bug found on trees between the months of June and September, at two different times of the evening, between 4pm to 7pm, then again from 11pm to 8am. It is uncommon, and can be found in the rain aswell as on clear evenings. As with Oak Silk Moths, they are very skittish so extra care must be taken with approach. They are not related to fireflies.

Despite their misleading appearance and name, they are actually part of the Cicada Family.

Donating to the Museum

As with all bugs 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

Upon donation, Blathers says:

"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

Blathers speech is as follows:

"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 bug section of the museum, perched on the right-most cedar tree, next to the sign.

In New Leaf

In New Leaf an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.

"Lantern flies stay on trees to drink tree sap, which is where you'll most commonly find them. Their heads are shaped like an 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

Information about a bug is available in the Bug Encyclopedia after it is caught.

Wild World

Lantern Fly (Wild World) Lantern Fly (Wild World icon) "Their heads look exactly like an alligator's. They look like moths, but are actually cicadas."
  • Size: 70 mm
  • Season: Summer
  • Time: Cool days

City Folk

125px Lantern Fly (City Folk) ''With alligator-like heads and mothlike wings, these are actually cicadas."

Icon calendar Season: Summer
Icon clock Time: Dusk
Icon butterfly Size: About 70 mm

New Leaf

Lantern Fly New Leaf

Further Information


a lanternfly

Fulgora laternaria (also known as Lantern Fly, Alligator Bug, Peanut Bug etc) is a type of cicada. It gets the name 'lantern fly' and 'alligator bug' from its odd shaped and colored head. Its head is shaped like a serpent, or lizard, similar in style 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 color of its head, which was falsely claimed to be luminescent. It protects itself by opening its wings, which reveal fake eyes. It's head may also further protect itself, by scaring off potential predators. In the game, it displays its wings when the Player gets close to it.
Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing Not Present
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ Not Present
Animal Crossing: Wild World Bug #21
Animal Crossing: City Folk Bug #22
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Bug #25

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