|Flying||90 Bells; 140 Bells (NL)|
|Size||Available in rain|
|Time of year||Time of day|
|September to November||8am to 5pm|
|Scientific name||Danaus plexippus|
|Family||Nymphalidae - Admirals|
|Appearances||WW, CF, NL|
|Rarity||Fairly Common (★★)|
|Regional names|| Monarque |
Donating to the museum
In Wild World
"The monarch butterfly got its regal name because of its orange coloring, wot? Yes, it reminded people of the king of England, aka William of Orange. To be perfectly honest, if I were His Highness, I'd be rather miffed! Blech! Truly, to have a filthy bug remind people of you... Absolutely appalling, wot!"
After donation, the monarch butterfly can be found resting on or flying around the flowers on the right of the first room of the bug area, along with the other butterflies.
In City Folk
Blathers will say this upon donating the monarch butterfly:
"Monarch butterflies are quite colorful, aren't they? ... As it happens, the colors indicate they're poisonous! I certainly start to feel queasy when I look at one. Though that happens with all bugs."
After donating a butterfly to the museum, it can be seen flying around on the upper tier of the bug exhibit.
In New Leaf
In New Leaf, an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.
"Monarch butterflies are known for their lengthy southward migrations in the winter. Once spring rolls around, they return to their original homes until the weather turns cold again. In their southern habitat during the winter, you may see thousands of them covering the trees." On island, they can be found all year.
- "I caught a monarch butterfly! Who rules now? I rule now!" —New Leaf
- "I caught a monarch butterfly! This butterfly can travel!" —Wild World
- "I caught a monarch butterfly! To me, Your Majesty!" —City Folk
| "In a group, they can migrate up to 1,850 miles."|
Further informationThe monarch butterfly has a wingspan of about 9½ centimeters. It is found in North America, New Zealand, and Australia. The male has brighter colors than the female. Males also have scent glands (visible as a dark spot on the hindwings) which help distinguish the males from the females. Due to the toxic milkweed diet of the caterpillar, both the larvae and adults are poisonous, and consuming these butterfly could cause harm.