| Near flowers,|
|Size||Available in rain|
|Time of year||Time of day|
|June to September|| 8am to 5pm (WW), |
7pm to 8am (CF,NL)
|Scientific name||Morpho menelaus|
|Appearances||WW, CF, NL|
|Rarity|| Uncommon (★★★)(WW), |
Scarce (★★★★) (CF,NL)
|Regional names|| Morpho bleu |
Farfalla morfo blu
- "I caught an emperor butterfly! Feeling blue, Your Majesty?" —Animal Crossing: New Leaf
The emperor butterfly (モルフォチョウ,Morufo-chou?), 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 in Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: New Leaf it is diurnal.
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 of the 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."
- "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
| "Their wings are iridescent, like the back of a CD."|
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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. 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.