Yellow butterfly
モンキチョウ Monki-chou
Yellow butterfly encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
Flying Anywhere (AF)
Near flowers (AC,WW,CF,NL)
80 Bells (AC)

90 Bells (WW,CF,NL)

Size Available in rain
50 mm Unknown
Time of year Time of day
March to October (AC)

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

4am to 7pm (CF - March to June)
8am to 4pm (WW,CF - September)

8am to 5pm (AC)

Scientific name Colias erate
Family Pieridae - White butterflies
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Rarity Common (★)
Regional names Flag of France small Brocatelle d'or
Flag of France small Citrin
Flag of Germany small Zitronenfalter
Flag of Spain Mariposa colias
Flag of Italy small Farfalla gialla
"I caught a yellow butterfly! Now to catch a toastfly!" —New Leaf

The yellow butterfly (モンキチョウ, Monki-chou?) 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. In Animal Crossing, this bug was known as the clouded yellow butterfly. It was the first bug to be appear in New Leaf pre-release information, 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."

Capture quotes

"モンキチョウを つかまえた! きいろくて、キュ―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

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Yellow butterfly (Wild World) "Males are yellow but females can be white."
Size 50 mm
Time Unknown
Season Spring
Icon Yellow butterfly (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Yellow Butterfly (City Folk)
"All males of the species are white; females can have white or yellow wings."
Size About 50 mm
Time Unknown
Season Spring

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Yellow butterfly encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a yellow butterfly! Now to catch a toastfly!"
Size 57.4 mm
Time Morning-Evening
Season Spring


Further information

Main article: Colias erate on Wikipedia
Real yellow butterfly

A real yellow butterfly

The yellow butterfly is a representation of a species called the pale clouded yellow. This kind of butterfly has a range stretching from Japan in the east all the way to Albania in the west, and can be found as far south as Ethiopia and Somalia. It is a small butterfly, and its wingspan does not exceed 3cm even in a fully-grown adult. It flies during the summer in two generations, and feeds on plants in the bean family.

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