Common Butterfly

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"I caught a common butterfly! I've seen a lot of these around lately!" —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"I caught a common butterfly! It's so white and pure!" —Wild World
"I caught a common butterfly! So white and charming!" —City Folk
"I caught a common butterfly! How could I resist?" —New Leaf
Common Butterfly
Common Butterfly.jpg
Scientific name Pieris rapae
Family Pieridae- Yellow-white butterflies
Time of year March to October (Animal Crossing)
March to September (Wild World)
March to June, September (City Folk)
Time of day 8am to 5pm (GCN)
4am to 7pm (WW)
4am to 7pm (CF March-June)
8am to 4pm (CF September)
Location Flying Anywhere(AF),
Near flowers(AC, WW, CF, NL)
Size 50 mm
Rarity Common
Selling price 80 Bells (AC, PAL Wild World)
90 Bells (WW, CF)
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Common Butterfly (モンシロチョウ, Monshirochō) is a white butterfly, similar to the Yellow Butterfly in all but color. They sell for 80 bells in the GameCube version of Animal Crossing. In Wild World and City Folk, they sell for 90 Bells. They are the same size and shape, and appear at the same time of year. They fly slowly around flowers.

Donating to the Museum[edit]

As with all bugs and fish in the Animal Crossing series, the Common Butterfly can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers. Below is what he has to say upon donation;

In Animal Crossing[edit]

Blathers has only a general response upon accepting butterflies for the museum in Animal Crossing;

"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 Common Butterfly can be found fluttering around the flowers in the central display in the insect room after donation.

In Wild World[edit]

When donated to the museum in Wild World, Blathers the curator will speak about the Common Butterfly;

"The common butterfly looks quite innocent, eh wot? Far from it! It's a pest! It is a worldwide cabbage-field ravisher, hoo! I suppose that's rather beside the point, but still, innocent my foot!"

The Common Butterfly appears in the first room of the insect exhibit, fluttering above the flowers on the right hand side of the room.

The Yellow Butterfly and the Common Butterfly in the Museum.

In City Folk[edit]

As with previous games, Blathers treats the Common Butterfly with general disgust:

"If one were to look closely at a common butterfly, one might notice that it's covered in fine hairs... But WHY would one look closely?! Blecccch! Creepiness aside, one also gets icky powder on one's hands by touching them... Not for me, eh wot?"

After donation, the Common Butterfly flies around the flower beds in the lower terrace of the insect room.

In New Leaf[edit]

The Common Butterfly resting on a flower in the Museum in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Upon being donated, the butterfly can be found in the first room of the bug exhibit resting on flowers with the other butterflies. The exhibit has this to say about the Common Butterfly:

"Seen flapping in the sun, common butterflies can be identified by black spots on their white wings. To the human eye, both males and females look white, but there are actually subtle differences. On closer inspection, the males' wings look black while the females' wings look white. The caterpillars have been known to cause damage to farmers' crops."

Bug Encylopedia Information[edit]

In Wild World, City Folk, and New Leaf, players can access information about fish and insects in the menu. Regarding the Common Butterfly-

In Wild World[edit]

Common butterfly (Wild World).gif    ''They are white, but the male's eyes are yellow, and the female's, white."
  • Size- 50 mm
  • Season- Spring to summer
  • Time- Midday

In City Folk[edit]

Common butterfly (City Folk).png     ''Though all look white to the naked eye, males and females are different colors."
  • Size- About 50 mm
  • Season- Spring
  • Time- Noon

In New Leaf[edit]

Common Butterfly (New Leaf).png
  • Season- Spring
  • Time- Morning-Evening
  • Record Size- 55.6mm

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Further Information[edit]

A Cabbage White butterfly

The Small Cabbage White, Pieris rapae, also known as the Cabbage White, is a common species of butterfly that can be found throughout Europe, Northern Africa and Asia. They are a creamy white and feature two black spots on each wing which darken during the summer months. The caterpillars of the Cabbage White, as the name suggests, like to eat cabbages and brussel sprouts, and so therefore are considered a pest by gardeners. The butterflies found in game are all female- only female cabbage whites have 2 black spots on their wings.


Pieries is Latin for 'muse'. The muses were Greek goddesses that inspired the arts. The word rapae is derived from the Latin word for 'turnip', rapa.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Mariposa común Common Butterfly
French Piéride de la rave
Italian Farfalla comune Common Butterfly