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This is what's written in Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You about Sprites.

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Sprites (Family: Cordimundidae)Edit

Representative Sprite Species of the World
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Dazzling in color and about the size of large insects, sprites have glistening membranous wings. In fact, they are often confused with exotic insects or flowers at first glance.

A plate with examples of Deep-Forest Sprite species.

Considered by many to be the most common type of faerie, they live in deep woods and make their homes high in the branches of trees. They particularly love to live in forests inhabited by treefolk and other fey. If sprites are spotted, you can be sure you are in an area with a high concentration of faerie activity.

Sprites travel in swarms and can bite if provoked. At night their bodies give off a faint glow that can have them mistaken for fireflies, which, along with other flying insects and small birds, they are fond of riding.

Petals and blooms missing from healthy plants may be due to sprites plucking them for clothing. Sprites can also cause plants to bloom in the middle of winter and are the nurturers of the strange fruits that faeries delight in.

In forests with sprites, you may find the hollowed-out acorns they use as cups, dandelion-tuft mattresses and hats made from folded leaves.

Known speciesEdit

(Note: This classification system has not been officially confirmed.)

Flower and Grass SpritesEdit

  • Flower-Winged Sprite (Ala florida)
    Toadshade, an Ala florida.
  • Flower-Head (Petasus floridus)
  • Sprout Sprite (Surculigens surculigens)
  • Thicket Sprite (Puella dumetae)

Orchid SpritesEdit

  • Royal Orchid Sprite (Orchis regalis)
  • Common Orchid Sprite (Orchis communis)
  • Moth-Winged Orchid Sprite (Pinna papilionis)

Fruit SpritesEdit

  • Little Blueberry Sprite (Bacula caerulea)

Insect SpritesEdit

  • Devil's Spur (Calx diabolicus)
  • Leatherwing (Corium ala)

Dragonfly-like SpritesEdit

Beetle SpritesEdit

  • Beetle Mimic (Scarabaeus imitator)

Hopper SpritesEdit

  • Bearded Hopper (Gryllus barbatus)
  • Agile Hopper (Desultor agilis)

Toadflies and FrogfliesEdit

  • Glowing Toadfly (Bufomusca candens)


  • Rackham's Sprite (Ala rackhamensis)

Additional factsEdit

Sometimes Sprites are called Faeries, even though we all know that "Faerie" can be used to designate creatures like Trolls, Giants and Kelpies as well.

Some creatures commonly mistaken for Sprites are Pixies, Will-o'-the-Wisps and, surprisingly, Goblins. Some Goblin species have Sprite-like growths on their foreheads in the manner of anglerfish. These growths are used to attract real Sprites; the Goblins' favorite food. Often, they make the body invisible, only leaving the growth still visible to Humans.

Sprites can be kept as pets, or companions if you prefer.

Grass and Flower Sprites like to drink large amounts of sweet syrups, which always results in an upset stomach. Usually, Flower Sprites reside in meadows and gardens. In many cases, they remain at the same place for many, many years.

Many Orchid Sprites are delicate and rarely found in the wild. Only experienced Sprite keepers should attempt to host Orchid Sprites. Many of the species live in hot and humid climates.

Hominid, or Human-like, Sprites, such as Petasus floridus, are commonly the most aggressive and clever species, and should be regarded with caution. Just like crickets and katytids, Hopper Sprites (including Desultor agilis) sing as primary communication method. Both males and females do this, and each specimen has it own different tone and song structure.

Certain species of Insect Sprites, such as Corium ala, is very intelligent and it can be quite stimulating to
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conversate with them. Many Insect Sprites, such as Calx diabolicus, are capable of painful stings. On the Devil's Spur, the poisonous spur is located at the tibials. One species of Orchid Sprite, Pinna diabolicus, has tibial spurs as well.

Dragonfly-like Sprites, such as Lacunacus ballans, are almost constantly on the wing.

Beetle Sprites, such as Scarabaeus imitator, are very agile and can perform many remarkable acrobatic feats, often to the great delight of audiences at Sprite exhibition shows.

Fruit Sprites, such as Bacula caerulea, have the peculiar behavior of carrying around their food on their heads. They eat the berry or fruit from the center outwards, replacing it when finished consuming it.

Some species, such as Ala rackhamensis, enjoy accessories and pets of their own, such as beetles, mice, and even small birds. But if you spoil your Sprite, however, it will become harder to maintenance.

Toadflies and Frogflies are the largest of all Sprites. They do quite well in captivity and enjoy the company of other species.

Known SpritesEdit

Toadshade, Teaberry, Phlox, Trillium and Leatherleaf were all encountered by Arthur Spiderwick during his work with the Field Guide.

A number of Sprites used to play with Lucinda Spiderwick in her youth. When Lucinda's father disappeared in 1935, she moved with her mother to live with relatives. Lucy told her cousin about the little Fey, but she never really believed her. When Lucy moved back to the Spiderwick Estate, the Faeries tricked her to eat of their food. It tasted so wonderful that she thereafter couldn't even bring herself to eat Human food. But the Sprites helped her, feeded her and
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protected her. When Melvina sent Lucinda to an asylum, the Sprites came with her and brought their food. When the Grace children went to visit Lucinda at the mental hospital, the Sprites almost tricked Simon to eat one of their fruits. But Lucinda was faster and took the fruit before any harm was done.

Another group of Sprites lived in the forest north of the Spiderwick Estate and was encountered by Jared Grace when he and his sister went looking for Simon, whom had been kidnapped by Goblins.

The Goblins who lived in Mulgarath's palace would often dip live Sprites in honey, which apparently made them taste better. When the Grace children wandered in the palace looking for their kidnapped mother, Simon tried to rescue several of the Sprites. Some were already dead, others were to deep in the barrel to reach.

One time, a boy named Juan G. was going to visit his grandparents in the country. Because Juan was from the city, he was afraid of sleeping at night, when the sounds of tree branches scraping at the window and a dog howling in the distance kept him awake. He had also hard to sleep because he was used to the lights from cars and neon signs, and in the countryside at night it was as "black as the inside of a closet". One night, a "weekend after Thanksgiving" he saw tiny lights outside the window. It was a group of Sprites that lived in an old, hollow tree. The faint glow from the tiny Faeries' bodys reminded Juan about the lights in the city, and after that, he only needed to think of the lights to fall asleep at night. He never had any problems sleeping in the country after that.

Behind the scenesEdit

In mythology, Sprite is a common term to denote many types of Faeries, and also spiritual beings such as ghosts.


* If Dragonfly-Faeries counts as Sprites, it is a real appearance. Otherwise, Sprites are only mentioned by Laurie Vargas.

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