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"I caught a red dragonfly! I wonder if it can breathe fire..." —Animal Crossing
"アキアカネだ! ゆうやけ こやけの ア力ネいろ!" —Animal Forest
"I caught a red dragonfly! It's the color of sunset!" —Wild World
"I caught a red dragonfly! It's magic!" —City Folk
"I caught a red dragonfly! Wonder if it breathes fire..." —New Leaf
Red Dragonfly
RedDragonfly
Scientific name Sympetrum frequens
Family Libellulidae
Time of year September to October(GCN),
September to November (WW,CF,NL)
Time of day 8am to 7pm
Location Flying
Size 38 mm
Catch size Unknown
Rarity Common (**)
Sale price 80 Bells
Appearances Animal Forest,
Dōbutsu no Mori +,
Animal Crossing,
Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of Japan small (アキアカネ)

Flag of Italy small Libellula rossa
Flag of Germany small Feuerlibelle
Flag of France small Demoiselle

The Red Dragonfly is a common bug in the dragonfly family. In most GCN games they appear in groups of five, though they appear individually at certain times. It is restricted to Autumn months.

Donating to the Museum

In Animal Crossing

"Player, have you ever peered closely into a dragonfly's eyes? Blech! Ghastly, really. Hoo, but I digress..."

In Wild World

"Ever looked into the eyes of a red dragonfly, or any dragonfly, for that matter? They've "compound eyes," where multiple eyeballs are stuck together, wot! Just think of all those beady little eyes on you! Blech! How very vile... To be honest, bugs with only TWO eyes make me gag."

In City Folk

"Since red dragonflies can't regulate their body temperatures, they only come out in the fall. They actually perish when the heat climbs over 86 degrees Fahrenheit. No summer fun for them, wot?"

The Red Dragonfly can be seen in the lower tier of the bug exhibit, flying around the small pool of water in the area closest to the entrance.

In New Leaf

"Red dragonflies are seen in the fall, as they're rather sensitive to the heat of summer. They stay in the mountains during the summer and come down to the plains in cooler weather. The males' bodies turn red when they're mature, but their heads and thoraxes are brownish. The females have a more yellowish color and aren't as red as the males, making them easy to tell apart."

Encyclopedia Information

When the player has caught the red dragonfly, they can find information about it in the bug menu. Below is the information regarding the red dragonfly:

Animal Forest

Red Dragonfly (Animal Crossing) Red Dragonfly (Animal Crossing icon) Red Dragonfly


Wild World

Red Dragonfly (Wild World) Red Dragonfly (Wild World icon) "In the summer, they flit around the mountains, but in the fall they come back to ground level. Like leaves, they turn redder in the fall."
  • Size: 38 mm
  • Season: Fall
  • Time: Evening

City Folk

Red Dragonfly (City Folk) ''These live in the mountains in summer and the valleys in fall."

Icon calendar Season: Fall
Icon clock Time: Morning-Dusk
Icon butterfly Size: About 38 mm


New Leaf

HNI 0028 JPG

Gallery

Species #
Animal Forest Bug #9
Animal Crossing Bug #9
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ Bug #9
Animal Crossing: Wild World Bug #22
Animal Crossing: City Folk Bug #23
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Bug #26


Further Information

This Dragonfly is known as the Autumn Darter in English. It has a very profound seasonal migration throughout various habitats. In the summer it usually stays high in the mountains but near winter it descends to lower elevations.

This dragonfly has a cousin known as Aka-tombo Symeptrum darwinatium(アカトンボ) which is a popular species and one of the most loved due to a well-known Japanese song that goes as follows: 夕焼小焼の、赤とんぼ 負われて見たのは、いつの日か

It and the other Japanese red dragonfly species have many names, with aka-tonbo (赤蜻蛉 赤とんぼ : アカトンボ) and aki-akane (秋茜 "red autumn") being the most frequently used.

Unlike most Japanese "red" dragonfly species, this one does not occur in a yellow form, regardless of gender.

This dragonfly is noted for congregating in large numbers along streams, which is referenced in the original Animal Crossing where it occurs in groups of 5. Unlike in the Animal Crossing series, in real life they start appearing from July onwards, but are not common until it cools down around August and September.

It is closely related to the small Nannophya pygmaea.



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