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"I caught an emperor butterfly! It's blue... it's royal!" —Animal Crossing: Wild World
"I caught an emperor butterfly! Such royal beauty!" —Animal Crossing: City Folk
"I caught an emperor butterfly! Feeling blue, Your Majesty?" —Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Emperor Butterfly
Scientific name Morpho menelaus
Family Nymphalidae
Time of year June to September
Time of day 8am to 5pm (WW),
7pm to 8am (CF,NL)
Location Near flowers,
Anywhere (CF)
Size 115 mm
Catch size Unknown
Rarity Uncommon (WW),
Rare (CF,NL)
Sale price 2,500 Bells
Appearances Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of Japan small (モルフォチョウ)

Flag of Germany small Himmelsfalter
Flag of Italy small Farfalla morfo blu

Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing Not Present
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ Not Present
Animal Crossing: Wild World Bug #06
Animal Crossing: City Folk Bug #06
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Bug #06

The Emperor Butterfly, also called Emperor, is an uncommon butterfly that is found around flowers in the summer months, at varying times of the day depending on the game. In City Folk, it becomes the only butterfly that can be found in the night, however to the contrary in Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: New Leaf it is diurnal. "Emperor" is not a term naturally relating to Morpho menelaus, so it is likely that this was actually meant to be the Purple Emperor found in the game just before. The emperor butterfly makes its first appearance in very late spring and is only common for one season.

Donating to the Museum

As with all fish and bugs in the Animal Crossing series series, the Emperor Butterfly can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers, the curator. When donating, Blathers will say the following upon receiving the Emperor Butterfly:

In Wild World

Hoo. Ah. What have we here? An emperor, if I'm not utterly mistaken? Ah, no, please, don't bother taking it out of its cage! Protocols, you know, wot? I'm a but squeamish about insects, you see, and I don't fancy touching one.

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

In City Folk

"The emperor butterfly's beautiful blue markings make it a popular gift in certain parts of the world. Hoo, yes, wonderful gift... Such gift givers should have their heads examined, I should think..."

It can be found in the bottom terrace, flying near or resting on the flowers with any other butterflies.

In New Leaf

In New Leaf an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.

"Emperor butterflies are easily recognized because of their lovely, iridescent blue wings.  Pigmentation isn't actually what causes the color, but rather the reflections on their wing scales.  Since their wings shimmer when moving, noticing them is much easier when they are midflight."

Bug Encyclopedia Information

Once an Emperor Butterfly has been caught, the player can find information about it in the bug menu. Below is the information:

Wild World

Emperor Butterfly (Wild World) Emperor Butterfly (Wild World icon) "Their wings are iridescent, like the back of a CD."
  • Size: 115 mm
  • Season: Summer
  • Time: Midday

City Folk

Emperor Butterfly (City Folk) ''Their wings appear to be blue on one side, but quite plain on the other."

Icon calendar Season: Summer
Icon clock Time: Noon
Icon butterfly Size: About 115 mm

New Leaf

Emperor Butterfly New Leaf


Further Information

Blue Mopho

A Blue Morpho butterfly in real-life.

Morpho menelaus, more commonly known as the Blue Morpho, is an exotic butterfly that can be found in Central and South America. It feeds primarily on rotten fruit, but in the larval stage, frequently eats other larvae of the same species.

A related species, the Peleides Blue Morpho, is a common attraction in Butterfly Houses around the world.

Morpho stems from the Greek word for form, which means 'changed'. This may be a reflection of the species' beautiful cerulean iridescence, which has the quality of changing colors in the light, and is not actually true pigment. Menelaus was a legendary king of Sparta who married Helen of Troy.

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