Torchbugs are small, nocturnal insects that are found all over Tamriel. They are prized for the usefulness in crafting potions. Torchbugs are attracted to the nocturnal flowers that feed from graht-oaks, and often build their hives near those flowers. Some Bosmer also believe that being followed by a friendly torchbug is a sign of good fortune.
The Khajiit believe that crimson torchbugs are the light of Jode given form, and that they bless moon-sugar crops as they flit around them. These crimson torchbugs are also known to thrive in Murkmire.
Purple torchbugs are often associated with Sheogorath, with some claiming that madness follows the purple torchbug, whereas others believe that those who once held Sheogorath's attention attract these insects.
Torchbugs are often used as bait for fishing in rivers. Bosmer catch torchbugs and dry them out to be smoked in pipes. Torchbugs can be encased in amber and enchanted to create a handy light source that fits in one's pocket. The glowing liquid from torchbugs is sometimes distilled to make hair tonics.
- Mean Old Torchbug — A story about Brave Little Scrib and Mean Old Torchbug
- Ode to a Torchbug by Littrek — A tribute to a torchbug