Monarch butterfly
オオカバマダラ Ookabamadara
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Location Price
Flying 90 Bells; 140 Bells (NL)
Size Available in rain
85 mm Unknown
Time of year Time of day
September to November 8am to 5pm
Scientific name Danaus plexippus
Family Nymphalidae - Admirals
Appearances WW, CF, NL, PC
Rarity Fairly Common (★★)
Regional names Flag of France small Monarque
Flag of Germany small Monarchfalter
Flag of Spain Mariposa monarca
Flag of Italy small Farfalla monarca

The monarch butterfly (オオカバマダラ, Ookabamadara?) is a common orange butterfly that occurs in the fall. In New Leaf monarchs also occur on the island year round.

It is one of six bugs (itself, the Cricket, the Pine Cricket, the Red Dragonfly, the Bell Cricket, and the Migratory Locust) that are limited to the autumn season from September onwards.

Donating to the museum

As with all fish and bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the monarch can be donated to the museum by talking to Blathers, who will give some information upon donation.

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.

Capture quotes

"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

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a monarch butterfly! Who rules now? I rule now!"
Size 111 mm
Time Morning-Evening
Season Fall

Encyclopedia Information
Monarch butterfly (Wild World) "In a group, they can migrate up to 1,850 miles."
Size 85 mm
Time Midday
Season Fall
Icon Monarch butterfly (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Monarch Butterfly (City Folk)
"These are known for their ability to travel far—in excess of 1,500 miles!"
Size About 85 mm
Time Noon
Season Fall

New Leaf

Further information


This is a real monarch butterfly (Male).

The monarch butterfly has a wingspan of about 9½ centimeters. It is found in North America, New Zealand, and Australia[citation needed]. 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.

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