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
"I caught a Queen Alexandra's birdwing! That's a feather in my cap!" —New Horizons

Queen Alexandra's Birdwing
Queen Alexandra's Birdwing NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Ornithoptera alexandrae
Family: Papilionidae - Swallowtail butterflies
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese アレキサンドラトリバネアゲハ
Simplified Chinese 亚历山大凤蝶
French Troides alexandrae
Spanish Mariposa alas de pájaro
Italian Farfalla regina Alessandra
Russian Птицекрылка Александры

Korean 알렉산드라비단제비나비
Traditional Chinese 亞歷山大鳳蝶
Quebec French Troides alexandrae
Latin American Spanish Mariposa alas de pájaro
German Vogelfalter
Dutch Alexandra's vogelvlinder

The Queen Alexandra's Birdwing (アレクサンドラアゲハ, Arekusandora ageha), known as the Birdwing Butterfly prior to New Horizons and as the Large Butterfly in Doubutsu no Mori e+, is considered the rarest butterfly in the series, with reference to its immense size and rarity in real life. It can be found during the summer, between June and September (from May to September in New Horizons), from 8 AM to 5 PM. It can be found flying near flowers.

Catch details[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Birdwing WW Sprite.png    ''The largest butterflies in the world, they have been mistaken for birds and shot."
  • Size- 260 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Midday

City Folk[edit]

Birdwing Butterfly CF Icon.png     ''Known as the world's largest butterfly, this species boasts larger females."
  • Size- About 260 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Noon

In New Leaf[edit]


Queen Alexandra's Birdwing
"I caught a birdwing butterfly! Wow! It's about the size of a bird!"

Time of Year Jun - Sep
All year (Tortimer Island)
Time of Day 8 AM - 4 PM
Peak Times N/A
Location Flying near flowers
Tortimer Island
Size 250 mm
Rarity Very rare
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Queen Alexandra's Birdwing

Event Availability None
Location Sunburst Island
Size 233.7 mm - 266.4 mm
Rarity ★★★
Catch Rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 3,500 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,000 Bells, 4 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie, Bronze Treats, Sparkle Stones (1.6%)

In New Horizons[edit]


Queen Alexandra's Birdwing
"I caught a Queen Alexandra's birdwing! That's a feather in my cap!"

Time of Year North: May – Sep
South: Nov – Mar
Time of Day 8 AM – 4 PM
Location Flying near flowers
Total Catch 50
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4000 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 6000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

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, they 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."

In New Horizons[edit]

"Hoo! The horror! This behemoth butterfly may be called a Queen Alexandra's birdwing...But I call it the Queen of My Nightmares! It is huge! Indeed, the world's hugest. No butterfly can best its foot-long wingspan. The larvae alone grow to more than 4 inches. As if that weren't appalling enough...they're poisonous! Murderous monsters, indeed!"

When donated, the Queen Alexandra's birdwing flies around the butterfly room in the museum's bug exhibit.

Commissioning a model[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, if the player brings three Queen Alexandra's Birdwings to Flick to commission a model, he will say the following:

"R-really? You want a sculpture of a Queen Alexandra's birdwing? The angel that flaps among us? These glorious spirits are like lenses through which we can see the purity of the Infested Realms. I promise this will be my sublime-est masterpiece, and I shall title it The Grand Queen Alexandra's Birdwing!"


Real-world information[edit]

A real life Queen Alexandra's birdwing

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]

Japanese アレキサンドラトリバネアゲハ
Alexandria's birdwing butterfly

Korean 알렉산드라비단제비나비

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
亚历山大凤蝶 / 亞歷山大鳳蝶
yàlìshāndà fèngdié
Alexandria's swallowtail

Russian Птицекрылка Александры
Ptitsekrylka Aleksandry
Alexandria's birdwing

Dutch Alexandria's vogelvlinder Alexandria's birdwing

German Vogelflügler
Vogelfalter (NH)
Derived from Vogelflügel (bird wing)
"Bird butterfly", shortened from full name "Königin-Alexandra-Vogelfalter"

European Spanish Mariposa alas de pájaro Birdwing butterfly

European French Ornithoptère
Troides alexandrae (NH)
From genus name
Former scientific name

Italian Farfalla cobra
Farfalla regina Alessandra (NH)
Cobra butterfly (mistranslation; see Atlas Moth)
Queen Alexandria's butterfly