Tiger Butterfly

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"I caught a tiger swallowtail butterfly! Those wings are beautiful!" —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"I caught a tiger butterfly! The star of the butterflies!" —Wild World
"I caught a tiger butterfly! Here, kitty, kitty!" —City Folk
"I caught a tiger butterfly! Looks like I pounced first!" —New Leaf
"I caught a tiger butterfly! I've earned my stripes!" —New Horizons
Tiger Butterfly
Tiger Butterfly NH.png
Scientific name Papilio machaon
Family Papilionidae- Swallowtail Butterflies
Time of year April to September (Animal Crossing)
March to September (Wild World, City Folk)
Time of day 4am to 7pm (March to June- City Folk)
8am to 5pm (Animal Crossing, Wild World)
July to August- (City Folk)

8am to 4pm (September- City Folk)
Location Near red flowers
Size 90 mm
Rarity Common
Selling price 200 Bells Animal Crossing
160 Bells Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf
240 Bells New Horizons
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Tiger Butterfly (アゲハチョウ, Agehachō) is a common butterfly that can be found near red flowers during the spring and summer months. They travel slowly and so can be caught easily. This butterfly can often be found on or around red or pink flowers. The "Tiger Butterfly" is called the "Old World Butterfly" in real life.

Donating to the museum[edit]

A player catches a Tiger Butterfly

As with all fish and bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the Tiger Butterfly can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers, who will also tell the player a little bit about the donation. Regarding the Tiger Butterfly:

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"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!"

In Wild World[edit]

Blathers will accept Tiger Butterflies for donation to the insect room of the museum, but this does not necessarily mean that he likes them:

"Tiger butterflies are named due to their distinctive tiger-like markings... I must say, I'd almost rather encounter a real tiger than one of these. Real tigers are nowhere near as... wretched."

The Tiger Butterfly can be found hovering around the flowers in the first room of the insect exhibit after donation.

In City Folk[edit]

After donation at the museum in City Folk, Blathers the curator will talk about the Tiger Butterfly:

"Aside from the south pole, one can find tiger butterflies just about anywhere on earth. Imagine these monstrous bugs flapping about the whole globe... The very thought robs me of sleep!"

The Tiger Butterfly can be found fluttering around the flowers on the lower tier of the insect room after donation.

In New Leaf[edit]

The Tiger Butterfly flying around 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 Tiger Butterfly:

"The larvae of tiger butterflies feed on leaves of orange trees until the metamorphose. When they're threatened, they emit a foul smell from their antennae to protect themselves. The dusting you see on your fingers whenever you touch their wings is actually from their scales. These scales form the wing pattern as well as repel rainwater, making them very important for survival."

In New Horizons[edit]

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

"Tiger butterflies are known for their majestic wings, which many consider quite beautiful. Truth be told, I find them monstrous! Those strange striped patterns... They give this owl the goose bumps! And while you may imagine young tiger butterflylarvae to look like lovely green caterpillars...it's not so! Why, when tiger butterflies are but babes, they're covered in unsightly white, brown, and black spots. In this way, they camouflage themselves as...as...bird droppings! Putrid pests, indeed!"

The Tiger Butterfly can be found in the butterfly room, but may also be spotted flying around the big bug room as well.

Bug Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Tiger Butterfly (Wild World).gif    ''In the larval stage, they love to eat oranges. After maturation they seek out red flowers."
  • Size- 90mm
  • Season- Spring
  • Time- Midday

City Folk[edit]

Tiger Butterfly (City Folk).png     ''Wherever there are orange trees, these butterflies are likely to be found."
  • Size- About 90 mm
  • Season- Spring
  • Time- Noon

New Leaf[edit]

Tiger Butterfly (New Leaf).png
  • Season- Spring-Summer
  • Time- Morning-Evening
  • Record Size- 120.6mm

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Further information[edit]

A Tiger Butterfly on a flower.

Papilio machaon, the Old World Swallowtail, can be found throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. There are over 30 subspecies of Old World Swallowtail. It is a common butterfly that flies quickly. They are around 80 to 100 mm in length.


Papilio is the Latin word for butterfly. The word machaon is derived from the Greek word mache, meaning 'battle' or 'combat'. In Greek mythology, Machaon was a son of Asclepius, the god of healing. He led an army in the Trojan war, fighting on the side of the Greeks.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アゲハチョウ
Swallowtail butterfly
Spanish Mariposa tigre Same as in English.
French Machaon Swallowtail; part of Latin name
Dutch Koninginnenpage Swallowtail
German Schwalbenschwanz Swallowtail
Italian Farfalla tigre Tiger butterfly
Korean 호랑나비
Swallowtail butterfly
Chinese (Simplified) 凤蝶
Swallowtail butterfly
Chinese (Traditional) 鳳蝶
Swallowtail butterfly
Russian Махаон
Swallowtail; part of Latin name