Queen Alexandra's Birdwing

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"I caught a birdwing butterfly! A green light in midair!" —Wild World
"I caught a birdwing butterfly! Tweet tweet, flap flap?" —City Folk
"I caught a birdwing butterfly! Wow! It's about the size of a bird!" —New Leaf
Birdwing Butterfly
Scientific name Ornithoptera alexandrae
Family Papilionidae - Swallowtail butterflies
Time of year June to September (from AFe+ to NL)
May to September (NH)
Time of day 8 am to 5 pm
Location Flying on the Island (AFe+),
Near flowers (WW, CF, NL)
Size 260 mm
Rarity Rare
Selling price 3,000 Bells (Wild World)
4,000 Bells (City Folk, New Leaf, New Horizons)
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Queen Alexandra's Birdwing (アレクサンドラアゲハ, Arekusandora ageha), formerly known as the Birdwing Butterfly prior to New Horizons, is considered the rarest butterfly in the game, with reference to its immense size and rarity in real life. It can be found during the summer, between June and September, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. It can be found flying near flowers.

Donating to the Museum[edit]

As with all insects in the Animal Crossing series, the Birdwing Butterfly can be donated to the Museum followed by a short monologue by Blathers, the curator.

In Wild World[edit]

"Though I know this is a type of tiger butterfly, its size is simply monstrous! Are you trying to terrify me with this behemoth? No, you wouldn't do that. Rather shabby of me to suggest you would... Please accept my apologies!"

In City Folk[edit]

"Hoo my, what a butterfly... I now see why it's touted as the world's largest butterfly, eh wot? I'd heard the wings of this particular butterfly can extend over a foot...but up close, the look bigger still! If one of these flew into me while I was out flying... I'd likely pass out in horror and plummet on the spot!"

In New Leaf[edit]

The Birdwing Butterfly flying around in the Museum in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Upon being donated, the butterfly can be found in the room of the bug exhibit with the Rafflesia. The exhibit has this to say about the Birdwing Butterfly:

"The world's largest butterflies, birdwing butterflies, have wings that can measure 30 cm long.The females have longer wings than the males, while the males' wings have a deeper blue color. Though they are extremely popular with collectors, international trading is either limited or fully banned."

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Queen Alexandra's Birdwing (Wild World).gif    ''The largest butterflies in the world, they have been mistaken for birds and shot."
  • Size- 260 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Midday

City Folk[edit]

Queen Alexandra's Birdwing (City Folk).png     ''Known as the world's largest butterfly, this species boasts larger females."
  • Size- About 260 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Noon

Further information[edit]

A real life Birdwing Butterfly

The Queen Alexandra's Birdwing (Ornithoptera alexandrae) is considered the largest butterfly in the world, named after Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom. It was discovered by Albert Stewart Meek, who was employed by Lord Walter Rothschild (who named it) in 1907, in Papua New Guinea. It was shot down using a shotgun, but its early stages were discovered and bred through to get to this stage. The female birdwing has a wingspan of up to 31cm, while the male (which appears in game) has a smaller wingspan of up to 26cm. The birdwing flies quite high in the rainforest, making it hard to catch, which is the main reason hunters shoot them with shotguns. The birdwing in Animal Crossing also flies higher than usual butterflies, a reference to its flying habits in the real world.

The birdwing is endangered, threatened by habitat loss. Most of Papua New Guinea's rainforests were destroyed during a volcanic eruption, wiping out parts of the birdwing's habitat.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Ornithoptère Ornithopter
German Vogelflügler Derived from Vogelflügel (bird wing).
Italian Farfalla Cobra Cobra Butterfly