Monarch Butterfly

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"I caught a Monarch Butterfly! This butterfly can travel!" —Wild World
"I caught a monarch butterfly! To me, Your Majesty!" —City Folk
"I caught a monarch butterfly! Who rules now? I rule now!" —New Leaf
"I caught a monarch butterfly! Guess the butterflies are a democracy now!" —New Horizons
Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly NH.png
Scientific name
Danaus plexippus
Nymphalidae - Emperors, admirals, tortoiseshells and fritillaries
Months available September to November (Animal Crossing, Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf, New Horizons Northern Hemisphere)
March to May (New Horizons Southern Hemisphere)
Times available 8am to 5pm (Animal Crossing, Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
4am to 5pm (New Horizons)
Location Flying
Size 85 mm
Rarity Very Common
Sell price 90 Bells (Animal Crossing, Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
140 Bells (New Horizons)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese オオカバマダラ
Simplified Chinese 大桦斑蝶
French Monarque
Spanish Mariposa monarca
Italian Farfalla monarca
Russian Монарх

Korean 왕나비
Traditional Chinese 大樺斑蝶
Quebec French Monarque
Latin American Spanish Mariposa monarca
German Monarchfalter
Dutch Monarchvlinder

The Monarch Butterfly (オオカバマダラ, Ōkabamadara), also known as Monarch, is a brown-orange 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 autumn and one is of four bugs (itself, the Cricket, the Bell Cricket, and the Migratory Locust) to be limited to autumn.

Catch details[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Monarch Butterfly 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

City Folk[edit]

Monarch Butterfly CF Icon.png     ''These are known for their ability to travel far -- in excess of 1,500 miles (2,400 km)!"
  • Size- About 3.35 inches (85 millimeters)
  • Season- Fall
  • Time- Noon

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 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]


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
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 140 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 210 Bells
Tank 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

Korean 왕나비
Monarch butterfly

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
大桦斑蝶 / 大樺斑蝶
dà huà bāndié
Monarch 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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