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Raja Brooke Butterfly

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"I caught a Raja Brooke butterfly! What a cute red collar!" —Animal Crossing: City Folk
"I caught a Raja Brooke butterfly! It's worth about as much as royalty!" —Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Raja Brooke Butterfly
Scientific name Trogonoptera brookiana (Wallace, 1855)
Family Papilionidae - Butterflies
Time of year May to September
Time of day 8am to 5pm (May)
8am to 7pm (June)
8am to 5pm (July)
8am to ?? (Sept)
Location Near Freshwater
Size 140 mm
Catch size Unknown
Rarity Rare
Sale price 2,500 Bells
Appearances Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Troides brookiana: Flag of Japan small (Red-collared Bird Feathers 赤襟鳥翅揚羽). Birdwing: Flag of Japan small (Toribanechou 鳥翅蝶/ Toribaneageha 鳥翅揚羽)

Flag of Germany small Rajah Brooke
Flag of Italy small Farfalla Raja Brooke

Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing Not Present
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ Not Present
Animal Crossing: Wild World Not Present
Animal Crossing: City Folk Bug #08
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Bug #08

The Raja Brooke Butterfly is a rare bug that was introduced in City Folk. and is found near fresh water. It is the only butterfly to be attracted to water, but another bug, the Firefly, shares this trait. Most believed this was just a summer butterfly, but rarely it can be found in September.

Donating to the Museum

In City Folk

Upon donating to the museum, Blathers the curator will say;

"...I must say, I'm quite impressed with your ability to catch such an impressive butterfly... The Raja Brooke butterfly, I must tell you, is one of the larger tiger butterflies. Naturally, its antennae and proboscis also rank as some of the largest around. Be not proud, vile beast! Your cute red collar and fancy name do not fool Blathers!"

It can be found in the bottom-left enclosure in the bug exhibit, flying around the pond.

In New Leaf

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

"Raja Brooke butterflies have red heads and a red strip around their necks, giving the look of a collar. They are known to drink hot-spring water and often hang around water flowing up from the ground. While males are vibrantly green, females are much more commonly seen with brown wings."

Encyclopedia Information

Once the player has caught a particular fish or bug, they can find information about it in the bug or fish menus. Once the Raja Brooke butterfly has been caught, the following information can be found in the bug menu:

City Folk

125px Raja Brooke Butterfly (City Folk) ''Flashing black wings with bright green markings make it easy to identify."

Icon calendar Season: Summer
Icon clock Time: Noon
Icon butterfly Size: About 140mm

New Leaf

HNI 0012 JPG


Further Information


A male Rajah Brooke butterfly.

This birdwing butterfly shares a close relation with the better known swallowtails, as noted by Blathers in-game, and with the Parnassius genus they form the family Papillionidae. The Rajah Brooke has distinctive black and electric-green markings, which are more prominent in the males, while the females have white markings. Both have a crimson head and collar. It was named and described by Alfred R. Wallace in 1855, after James of Sarawak (the Rajah of Sarawark). It is also called the Rajah Brooke butterfly, and spelling it as "Raja" is often considered as a mistake though both are acceptable.

Raja brooke rajah brooke

They can be found in the rainforests of Borneo and the Malaysian Peninsula, and is featured as the national butterfly of Malaysia. It is registered as an endangered species under conservation protection.

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