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Special Ability
Emits light
Fireflies.png (Bug Net.png)

Perish time
Never spoils
Can be released to emit light
Fireflies.png (Bug Net.png)
Stacks up to

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If only I could catch them!


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I wish they didn't run away!


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A tiny brightness in the dark.


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They disperse when I approach.


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Reminds me of Algonquin park.


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How pretty.


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Tiny fairy lights aglöw!


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Elusive little buggies.


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My kind of insects.


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A dash of glow.


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Tiny constellations. No good for navigation.


Fireflies are passive light-producing Mobs that appear at night in Forest and Grassland Biomes and all the time in Caves, mainly in Mushtree Forests. They are used to make the Miner Hat and Pumpkin Lantern. Fireflies can also be used to refuel Miner Hats and Lanterns by 39%.

Fireflies can be captured with a Bug Net by pressing the Spacebar when nearby. Because they do not respawn, they are considered a finite resource.

Standing in Firefly light resets the timer in which Charlie will attack during the night, though the light from Fireflies will disappear until the player leaves their vicinity. If the player does not have a source of fire, that player may "firefly hop" between three or four groups of Fireflies for survival during the night. This can still be dangerous, as Sanity will drop significantly.

Releasing Fireflies near a Fire Pit or other key locations in one's base camp might come in handy, as glowing light will indicate their positions in total darkness of the night.

Fireflies on the ground will take up space, so the player is unable to build in that spot unless they are caught.

Gift Icon.png Downloadable Content

In the Reign of Giants DLC, Fireflies are found abundantly in Deciduous Forest Biomes, making it one of their natural habitats.

In the Shipwrecked DLC, Fireflies are found in Jungle Biomes and do not appear during Hurricane Season. Fireflies can also be used to craft the Boat Lantern. Fireflies are renewable as a prize at the Slot Machine.

Don't Starve Together icon.png Don't Starve Together

In Don't Starve Together, Fireflies are now renewable as 3 spawn on top of the Lake at the Oasis every Summer.

TabTools.png Usage

Inventory slot background.pngStraw Hat.pngInventory slot background.png Gold Nugget.pngInventory slot background.pngFireflies.pngAlchemy Engine.pngInventory slot background.pngMiner Hat.png
Inventory slot background.pngPumpkin.pngInventory slot background.png Fireflies.pngAlchemy Engine.pngInventory slot background.pngPumpkin Lantern.png
Inventory slot background.pngEmpty Bottle.pngInventory slot background.png Twigs.pngInventory slot background.png Twigs.pngInventory slot background.pngFireflies.pngScience Machine.pngInventory slot background.pngBoat Lantern.pngShipwrecked icon.png

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • Despite Maxwell's quote when examining the Miner Hat ("Eventually the Firefly will starve"), Fireflies are one of the few creatures that don't starve in the inventory.
    • This is probably a reference to how every item crafted from Fireflies has limited durability.
  • Before mid-June 2014, Fireflies were included in the drop table for Tumbleweed.[1]

 Mosquito.png Bugs

  • Fireflies can be caught during the daytime, they only become invisible but remain present at the same place. The player can wield a Net, then press the action button when close enough to their location. Unless there is a closer object that can be interacted, Fireflies will be caught even if they are not visible.

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