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"モンキチョを つかまえた! きいろくて、キユ―ト!" —Animal Forest
"I caught a clouded yellow butterfly! It's such a cute yellow!" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a yellow butterfly! What? Is it scared?" —Wild World
"I caught a yellow butterfly! C'mere, yellow fellow!" —City Folk
"I caught a yellow butterfly! Now to catch a toastfly!" —New Leaf
Yellow Butterfly
Yellow Butterfly
Scientific name Colias erate
Family Pieridae - White butterflies
Time of year March to October (AC)

March to September (WW)
March to June, September (CF)

Time of day 4am to 7pm (CF - March to June)

8am to 4pm (WW,CF - September)
8am to 5pm (AC)

Location Flying Anywhere (AF),

Near flowers (AC,WW,CF)

Size 50 mm
Catch size Unknown
Rarity Common (*)
Sale price 80 Bells (AC)

90 Bells (WW,CF,NL)

Appearances Animal Forest,
Animal Crossing,
Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of Germany small Zitronenfalter

Flag of Italy small Farfalla gialla

Species #
Animal Forest Bug #02
Animal Crossing Bug #02
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ Bug #02
Animal Crossing: Wild World Bug #02
Animal Crossing: City Folk Bug #02
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Bug #02

The Yellow Butterfly, also known as the Clouded Yellow Butterfly in Animal Crossing, is a common butterfly that can be found anywhere near flowers, and is as abundant as the Common Butterfly. The yellow butterfly is present in every game and flutters slowly around town from March to October. It is very similar to the common butterfly, in every way but color.

It was the first revealed bug in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, with a photo of one flying near a tree.

Donating to the Museum

As with all bugs and fish in Animal Crossing series, the Yellow Butterfly can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers. During each donation, he will enlighten the player to some information about the donation. Below are quotes from each game, on what he has to say:

In Animal Crossing

Blathers response upon accepting butterflies for the museum in Animal Crossing is the same for all species:

"There's an old saying among some of my contemporaries: "Butterflies are beautiful, yet moths are monstrous." Well, if you were to ask me, I'd say they were all the same! By which I mean disgusting! Truly hoo-rrific, wot wot!"

The yellow butterfly can be found fluttering around the flowers in the central display in the bug room after donation.

In Wild World

Upon donation, Blathers the curator speaks of the the yellow butterfly:

"Butterflies are covered in "scales" that flake off when touched, eh wot? Blech... The very thought makes my eyebrows itch unbearably... Anyhoo, I suppose that's neither here nor there..."

As with other butterflies, the yellow butterfly can be found flapping around the flowers in the first room of the bug display.

In City Folk

Yellow and white

Both the yellow and common butterflies can be seen here

Once again, Blathers will speak of the yellow butterfly in a rather horrified way:

"We call them all yellow butterflies, but many subspecies of this insect exist, wot wot? Indeed, this fact makes them rather interesting to many researchers... What's more interesting to me is why anyone in their proper mind would take interest in these things."

In City Folk, the yellow butterfly appears flying around the flowers on the lower terrace of the bug room.

In New Leaf

After donating a yellow butterfly, the museum sign reads:

"The yellow butterfly is similar to the common butterfly, with the two easily mistaken for one another. Males are more often a yellowish color, and females are more often white. The larvae feed on plants of the Fabacae family, such as milk vetch or white clover."

Bug Encylopedia Information

In Wild World and City Folk, Players can access information about fish and bugs in the menu. Regarding the Yellow Butterfly:

Animal Forest

Yellow Butterfly (Animal Crossing) Yellow Butterfly (Animal Crossing icon) Yellow Butterfly

Wild World

Yellow Butterfly (Wild World) Yellow Butterfly (Wild World icon) "Males are yellow but females can be white."
  • Size: 50 mm
  • Season: Spring
  • Time: Midday

City Folk

125px Yellow Butterfly (City Folk) ''All males of the species are white; females can have white or yellow wings."

Icon calendar Season: Spring
Icon clock Time: Noon
Icon butterfly Size: About 50 mm

New Leaf

Yellow Butterfly nl


Further Information

Real yellow butterfly

A real yellow butterfly

The Animal Crossing "Yellow Butterfly" is a species of Clouded Yellow, a common field-loving butterfly with multiple examples across the world.

Pieridae, the complex of White and Yellow butterflies, are a large family of butterflies that are widespread throughout the world, with many species known and many subspecies of each species. These butterflies are, as the name suggests, generally yellow or white in coloring, and usually have black markings on the wings. They tend to be sexually dimorphic, meaning that each gender has different markings from the scale of a few extra spots to different coloring. The Brimstone butterfly of this same family, Gonepteryx rhamni, from Europe, is thought to be the species responsible for the name "butterfly".

The butterflies shown in Animal Crossing are females, as males lack the yellow spots within the black bands on the edges of the wings. Colias erate is locally known as the Eastern Pale Clouded Yellow and is widespread over eastern Europe and Asia.

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