Monarch Butterfly

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"I caught a Monarch Butterfly! This butterfly can travel!" —Wild World
Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Danaus plexippus
Family: Nymphalidae - Emperors, admirals, tortoiseshells and fritillaries
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages
 Mariposa monarca
 Farfalla monarca
 Mariposa monarca

The Monarch Butterfly (known as the Monarch prior to New Leaf) is a butterfly that can be found in September, October, and November. It is very common. Like most bugs, the creature sells for a considerably lower amount than all fish - in this case, lower than all of them. It is the only butterfly to appear during the fall and one is of four bugs (itself, the Cricket, the Bell Cricket, and the Migratory Locust) to be limited to autumn.

Catch details[edit]

In Wild World[edit]

Monarch WW Sprite.png    ''In a group, they can migrate up to 1,850 miles (3,000 km)."
  • Size- 3.35 inches (85 millimeters)
  • Season- Fall
  • Time- Midday

In City Folk[edit]


Monarch Butterfly
"I caught a monarch butterfly! To me, Your Majesty!"

Description These are known for their ability to travel far -- in excess of 1,500 miles (2,400 km)!
Time of year Sep – Nov
Time of day Sep – Oct:
4 AM - 5 PM
8 AM - 5 PM
Peak times Oct – Nov
Location Flying near flowers
Bug size 85 mm
Rarity Uncommon
Selling price  140 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


Monarch Butterfly
"I caught a monarch butterfly! Who rules now? I rule now!"

Time of year Sep – Nov
All year (Tortimer Island)
Time of day Sep - Oct:
4 AM – 5 PM
8 AM – 5 PM
Tortimer Island:
8 AM - 5 PM
Peak times Sep:
8 AM - 4 PM
Oct - Nov:
8 AM - 5 PM
Location Flying near flowers (can be found on Tortimer Island)
Size 108 mm
Rarity Common
Selling price  140 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Monarch Butterfly

Event availability None
Location Sunburst Island
Size 103.0 mm – 112.9 mm
Catch rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling price  10 Bells
Request reward  100 Bells
2 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points

In New Horizons[edit]


Monarch Butterfly
"I caught a monarch butterfly! Guess the butterflies are a democracy now!"

Time of year North: Sep – Nov
South: Mar – May
Time of day 4 AM – 5 PM
Location Flying near flowers
Weather Any except rain
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 140 Bells
 Flick 210 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In Wild World[edit]

"The monarch butterfly got its regal name because of its orange coloring, wot? Yes, it reminded people of the king of England, aka William of Orange. To be perfectly honest, if I were His Highness, I'd be rather miffed! Blech! Truly, to have a filthy bug remind people of you... Absolutely appalling, wot!" —Blathers

The Monarch Butterfly can be seen in flying around the upper right corner of the first bug room, occasionally perching on flowers.

In City Folk[edit]

"Monarch butterflies are quite colorful, aren't they? ...As it happens, the colors indicate they're poisonous! I certainly start to feel queasy when I look at one. Though that happens with all bugs..."Blathers

After donation, it can be seen flying around on the upper tier of the insect exhibit.

In New Leaf[edit]

The Monarch Butterfly resting on a tree in the Museum in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Upon being donated, the butterfly can be found in the room of the bug exhibit which has the light in the middle, resting on the tree which also is home to a Lantern Fly. The exhibit has this to say about the Monarch Butterfly:

"Monarch butterflies are known for their lengthy southward migrations in the winter. Once spring rolls around, they return to their original homes until the weather turns cold again. In their southern habitat during winter, you may see many thousands of them covering the trees."

In New Horizons[edit]

"Did you know the monarch butterfly migrates south for the winter and returns north for the summer? Indeed, these horrid orange beasties do not tolerate the cold and travel 3,000 miles to escape the winter. During the journey, they cluster together in trees by the thousands just to stay warm. Imagine! Hordes of the foul flittering fiends huddled together in one place! If only they'd put on tiny coats instead."

After donation, it can be seen flying around in the butterfly room.


Real-world information[edit]

A bright orange male monarch butterfly perched on a purple coneflower.
A male monarch butterfly.

The monarch, sometimes known as the wanderer, is a milkweed butterfly with a wingspan ranging from 8.9 to 10.2 cm. Native to North America, the monarch can also be found in New Zealand, Australia, Portuguese archipelagos, and occasionally in Western Europe. Aside from their vivid orange coloration, the monarch is famous for its annual migration to and from North and South America, of which no single individual survives — the entire journey takes three to four generations of monarchs to complete. Due to their milkweed diet, the monarch is toxic, or at the very least distasteful to many would-be predators. The highest concentration of toxins can be found in the wings and abdomen of the monarch. The males have a brighter coloration than the females, and are slightly larger. Males also have two small black spots on their rear-wings [see picture], something that is not shared with females.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese オオカバマダラ
Monarch butterfly (lit. "birch milkweed butterfly")

Korean 왕나비
Monarch butterfly

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
大桦斑蝶 / 大樺斑蝶
dà huà bāndié
Monarch butterfly (lit. "birch milkweed butterfly")

Russian Монарх

Dutch Monarchvlinder Monarch butterfly

German Monarchfalter Monarch Butterfly

European Spanish Mariposa monarca Monarch Butterfly

European French Monarque Monarch

Italian Farfalla monarca Monarch butterfly

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