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Moth encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
Near outside lights 60 Bells
Size Available in rain
60 mm Unknown
Time of year Time of day
May to September 7pm to 4am
Scientific name Aglia japonica microtau
Family Saturniidae
Appearances WW,
Rarity Common (★)
Regional names Flag of France small Papillon de nuit
Flag of Germany small Motte
Flag of Italy small Falena
Flag of Spain Polilla
"I caught a moth! It finally saw the light!" —New Leaf

The moth (ガ, Ga?) is a nocturnal bug that can be found on cloudy nights. Players seem to detest them even more than cockroaches. Moths are usually found by bright lights, but can be chased well away from lights where they will eventually disappear into the sky in some games.

Donating to the museum

In Wild World

"There are many who think that butterflies are cute while moths are repulsive... In this owl's opinion, they are both equally grotesque! Blech, I say! I suppose such revulsion is mine and mine alone, however.."

After donation, the moth can be found on or flying around one of the two lamps on the north wall of the first room of the bug area.

In City Folk

"Many people hate moths, yet love butterflies, but the truth is that both belong to the order Lepidoptera. Since both are covered in unspeakable veins and foul powder, I suggest they are equally distasteful."

In New Leaf

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

"Moths are related to butterflies, but they're most often active at night instead of day. They use their large antenna to sense, smell, and guide themselves in the dark. Interestingly, the number of moth species is estimated at 160,000, so "moth" is a fairly broad descriptor."

The moth can be found in the upper-left hand corner of the bug exhibit, flying around a lamp near the bagworm. In the day time it simply sits on the lamp.

Capture quotes

"Yuck! I caught a moth! It's OK... I'm OK..." —Wild World
"I caught a moth! Not scary... NOT SCARY!" —City Folk

Encyclopedia information

When the player has caught a moth, they can find information about it in the bug menu. Below is the information regarding the moth:

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Moth (Wild World) "Their antennae are large because they use their sense of smell to guide them in the dark."
Size 60 mm
Time Unknown
Season Summer
Icon Moth (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
"These are similar to butterflies... but for some reason, hated by many people."
Size About 60 mm
Time Unknown
Season Summer

New Leaf

Moth (New Leaf)


Further information

A2Aglia japonica microtau
Moths are a diverse group of insects in the order Lepidoptera, the same order as butterflies. The order is split into butterflies and moths, but the distinction is not taxonomically evident from this point on (though the difference between butterfly and moth is obvious). Scales on moth's wings rub off when touched, but contrary to popular belief this does not kill or harm the moth; the scales are simply coloring.

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