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Birdwing butterfly
アレクサンドラアゲハ Arekusandora-ageha
Birdwing butterfly encyclopedia (New Leaf)
AF AF+ AC e+ WW CF NL
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Location Price
Island (AFe+)
Near flowers
3,000 Bells (AFe+, WW)
4,000 Bells (CF, NL)
Size Available in rain
260 mm Unknown
Time of year Time of day
June to September (AFe+, WW, CF)
March to September (NL)
8 am to 5 pm
Scientific name Ornithoptera alexandrae
Family Papilionidae - Butterflies
Appearances AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Rarity Scarce (★★★★) (AFe+, WW, CF),
Uncommon (★★★) (NL)
Regional names Flag of France small Ornithoptère
Flag of Germany small Vogelflügler
Flag of Italy small Farfalla cobra
"I caught a birdwing butterfly! Wow! It's about the size of a bird!" —New Leaf

The birdwing butterfly (アレクサンドラアゲハ, Arekusandora-ageha?), is the rarest butterfly in the Animal Crossing series, reference to its immense size and rarity in real life. It can be found during the Summer, between the months of June and September, between 8am to 5pm.

It can be found flying near flowers in Animal Crossing: Wild World but in Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf tends to appear anywhere. In Animal Forest e+ it appears solely on the Island behind Oak Trees similar to the Purple Butterfly, requiring the player to bring fruit or saplings from their town to plant there. In that game it will appear high above the trees when the player first enters the acre but unlike the purple butterfly it does not descend and will permanently circle out of reach. When agitated by throwing the net or running nearby, it will finally descend and flee.

Donating to the museum

As with all bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the birdwing butterfly can be donated to the Museum followed by a short monologue by Blathers, the curator.

In Animal Forest e+

Crab Coconut Crab Hermit Crab Birdwing Butterfly

AFe+ museum. A Birdwing is visible on the coconut tree trunk.

On donation it flies at the bottom left of the museum around the Coconut Palm where the crabs reside.

In Wild World

Blathers will say:

"Though I know this is a type of tiger butterfly, its size is simply monstrous! Are you trying to terrify me with this behemoth? No, you wouldn't do that. Rather shabby of me to suggest you would... Please accept my apologies!"

It can be found on or flying around the row of flowers on the right of the first room, with the other butterflies.

In City Folk

Blathers will say:

"Hoo my, what a butterfly... I now see why it's touted as the world's largest butterfly, eh wot? I'd heard the wings of this particular butterfly can extend over a foot...but up close, they look bigger still! If one of these flew into me while I was out flying... I'd likely pass out in horror and plummet on the spot!"

In New Leaf

When observing it in the Museum:

"The world's largest butterflies, birdwing butterflies, have wings that can measure 30 cm long. The females have longer wings than the males, while the males' wings have a deeper blue color. Though they are extremely popular with collectors, international trading is either limited or fully banned."

It can be found on it's information sign in the top-left room.

Capture quotes

"I caught a birdwing butterfly! A green light in midair!" —Wild World
"I caught a birdwing butterfly! Tweet tweet, flap flap?" —City Folk
Japanese Quotes

「アレクサンドラアゲハを捕まえた! Oh! アレクサンドラァ~!!」 —Animal Forest e+

"I caught an Alexandra Birdwing! Oh! Alexandraa~!" (translation)

Encyclopedia information

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

Animal Forest e+

Wild World

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Birdwing butterfly (Wild World)
"The largest butterflies in the world, they have been mistaken for birds and shot."
Size 260 mm
Time Midday
Season Summer
Icon Birdwing butterfly (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Birdwing (City Folk)
"Known as the world's largest butterfly, this species boasts larger females."
Size About 260 mm
Time Unknown
Season Summer


New Leaf

HNI 0018 JPG(1)

Gallery

Further information

Birdwing Butterfly

A real life birdwing butterfly.

Main article: Queen Alexandra's birdwing on Wikipedia

Queen Alexandra's birdwing butterfly is the largest species of butterfly in the world: its wings can reach a span of over 25cm. It is only found in the forests of Papua New Guinea. It is endangered, and is one of the three species of insect which are illegal to trade worldwide. The species was named after Alexandra of Denmark. Due to their large size, the species has few natural predators: only a few spiders and birds are capable of taking one down. Due to their large size and high flying patterns, it is not uncommon for poachers to resort to using shotguns to capture these butterflies.


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