Birdwing butterfly
アレクサンドラアゲハ Arekusandora-ageha
Birdwing butterfly encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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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 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
Flag of Spain Mariposa alas pájaro
"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. It can be found during the Summer..

The birdwing butterfly appears around flowers in Wild World but in City Folk and New Leaf it can appear anywhere on the map. In Animal Forest e+ this bug appears on the Island, but only on the top of Oak Trees, which must be brought in as saplings and planted.

Birdwing butterflies are reasonably fast, but less so than the Agrias butterfly. In Animal Forest e+ they appear around the canopy of trees, well out of net range, and only descend when disturbed by running or throwing the net nearby.

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

Wild World

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

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

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Birdwing butterfly encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a birdwing butterfly! Wow! It's about the size of a bird!"
Size 240 mm
Time Morning-Afternoon
Season Summer


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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