Tiger Butterfly

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"I caught a tiger butterfly! The star of the butterflies!" —Wild World
Tiger Butterfly
Tiger Butterfly NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Papilio glaucus
Family: Papilionidae- Swallowtail Butterflies
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages
 Mariposa tigre
 Farfalla tigre
 Mariposa tigre

The Tiger Butterfly 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 "Eastern Tiger Swallowtail" in real life.

Catch details[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

Tiger Butterfly
"I caught a tiger swallowtail butterfly! Those wings are beautiful!"

Time of year Apr – Sep
Time of day 8 AM – 4 PM
Location Flying near flowers
Selling price  200 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Wild World[edit]

Tiger Butterfly WW Sprite.png    ''In the larval stage, they love to eat oranges. After maturation they seek out red flowers."
  • Size- 90mm
  • Season- Spring
  • Time- Midday

In City Folk[edit]


Tiger Butterfly
"I caught a tiger butterfly! Here, kitty, kitty!"

Description Wherever there are orange trees, these butterflies are likely to be found.
Time of year Mar – Sep
Time of day Mar – Jun:
4 AM – 7 PM
Jul – Aug:
8 AM – 5 PM
8 AM – 4 PM
Peak times N/A
Location Flying near red and pink flowers
Bug size 90 mm
Rarity Very uncommon
Selling price  160 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


Tiger Butterfly
"I caught a tiger butterfly! Looks like I pounced first!"

Time of year Mar – Sep
All year (Tortimer Island)
Time of day Mar - Jun:
4 AM - 7 PM
Jul - Aug:
8 AM - 5 PM
8 AM - 4 PM
Tortimer Island:
8 AM - 5 PM
Peak times Mar – Jun:
8 AM – 5 PM
Location Flying near red and pink flowers (can be found on Tortimer Island)
Size 114 mm
Rarity Uncommon
Selling price  160 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Tiger Butterfly

Event availability None
Location Sunburst Island
Size 107.4 mm - 120.5 mm
Catch rate 19.5550%
Selling price  10 Bells
Request reward  100 Bells
2 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points

In New Horizons[edit]


Tiger Butterfly
"I caught a tiger butterfly! I've earned my stripes!"

Time of year North: Mar – Sep
South: Sep – Mar
Time of day 4 AM – 7 PM
Location Flying
Weather Any except rain
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 240 Bells
 Flick 360 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

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:

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!"

Wild World[edit]

"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.

City Folk[edit]

"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.

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."

New Horizons[edit]

"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 butterfly larvae 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.


Real-world information[edit]

A tiger butterfly on a flower.

Papilio glaucus, the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, is a native species to Northern America, and can be found in many differing habitats across eastern North America. It is a common butterfly that flies quickly. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail's wingspan ranges from 7.9 cm to 14 cm.


Papilio is the Latin word for butterfly. The word glaucus is used in Latin to describe a variety of pale colors in plants, birds, or insects. The color scheme ranges from faded yellows to pale blues. The word glaucus is frequently used in agriculture and horticulture to describe a powdery appearance.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese アゲハチョウ
Swallowtail butterfly

Korean 호랑나비
Swallowtail butterfly

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
凤蝶 / 鳳蝶
Swallowtail butterfly

Russian Махаон
Swallowtail; part of Latin name

Dutch Koninginnenpage Swallowtail

German Schwalbenschwanz Swallowtail

European Spanish Mariposa tigre Same as in English.

European French Machaon Swallowtail; part of Latin name

Italian Farfalla tigre Tiger butterfly