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
"I caught a common butterfly! They often flutter by!" —New Horizons
Common Butterfly
Japanese モンシロチョウ Korean 배추흰나비 Chinese 白粉蝶
French Piéride de la rave Italian Farfalla comune Spanish Mariposa común
German Kohlweißling Dutch Koolwitje Russian Белянка
Common Butterfly NH.png
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)
September to June (New Horizons)
Time of day 8am to 5pm (GCN)
4am to 7pm (WW)
4am to 7pm (CF March-June)
8am to 4pm (CF September)
4am to 7pm (NH)
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, NL)
160 Bells (New Horizons)
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, City Folk, and New Leaf, they sell for 90 Bells. In New Horizons, they sell for 160 Bells. They are the same size and shape, and appear at the same time of year. They fly slowly around flowers.

Catch details[edit]

In Wild World[edit]

Common Butterfly WW Sprite.png    ''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 CF Icon.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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In Pocket Camp[edit]


Common Butterfly

Event Availability Spring Butterfly Goals
Location Sunburst Island
Size 21.0 mm - 87.0 mm
Catch Rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells, 2 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points

In New Horizons[edit]


Common Butterfly
"I caught a common butterfly! They often flutter by!"

Time of Year North: Sep – Jun
South: Mar – Dec
Time of Day 4 AM – 7 PM
Location Flying
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 160 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 240 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

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."

In New Horizons[edit]

When asked about the bug, Blathers will say the following:

"The common butterfly would have you believe it is but a beautiful friend flitting prettily about the flowers. Bah, I say! They may seem innocent things with their pretty white wings, but they hide a dark side! The common butterfly caterpillar is called a cabbage worm, you see, and it's a most voracious pest. The ravenous beasts chew through cabbage, broccoli, kale and the like with a devastating gusto. And my feathers! Their green coloring is truly GROSS! A hoo-rrific hue, I say."

The Common Butterfly can be found in the butterfly room in the museum.


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.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese モンシロチョウ
Cabbage white butterfly (lit. "patterned pierid")

Korean 배추흰나비
Cabbage white butterfly (lit. "cabbage pierid")

Simplified Chinese 白粉蝶
Cabbage white butterfly (lit. "white pierid")

Russian Белянка

Dutch Koolwitje Cabbage white

German Kohlweißling Cabbage white

European Spanish Mariposa común Common butterfly

European French Piéride de la rave Cabbage white butterfly (lit. "cabbage pierid")

Italian Farfalla comune Common butterfly