Yellow Butterfly

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Yellow Butterfly
Yellow Butterfly NH.png
Scientific name
Colias erate
Family
Pieridae – Yellow-white butterflies
Months available March to October (Animal Crossing)
March to September (Wild World)
March to June, September (City Folk)
March to June, September to October (New Horizons: Northern Hemisphere)
March to April, September to December (New Horizons: Southern Hemisphere)
Times available 4 AM to 7 PM
(City Folk: March to June)
8 AM to 4 PM (Wild World, City Folk: September)
8 AM to 5 PM (Animal Crossing)
4 AM to 7 PM (New Horizons)
Location Flying anywhere (Doubutsu no Mori, New Horizons)
Flying near flowers (Animal Crossing, Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
Size 50 mm
Rarity Very Common
Sell price 80 Bells (Animal Crossing, PAL Wild World)
90 Bells (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
160 Bells (New Horizons)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese モンキチョウ
Simplified Chinese 斑缘点粉蝶
French Citrin
Spanish Mariposa colias
Italian Farfalla gialla
Russian Желтушка

Korean 노랑나비
Traditional Chinese 斑緣點粉蝶
Quebec French Citrin
Latin American Spanish Mariposa colias
German Zitronenfalter
Dutch Citroenvlinder


The Yellow Butterfly[nb 1] is a bug in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Doubutsu no Mori. It is visually similar to the Common Butterfly in every way except its color.

Catch details[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

#2

Yellow Butterfly
"I caught a clouded yellow butterfly! It's such a cute yellow!"

Times Mar – Oct: 8 AM – 5 PM
Location Flying near flowers
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 80 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Wild World[edit]

#2

Yellow Butterfly
"I caught a yellow butterfly! What, is it scared?"

Description Males are yellow but females can be white.
Times Mar – Jun: 4 AM – 7 PM
Jul – Aug: 8 AM – 5 PM
Sep: 8 AM – 4 PM
Peak Times
Location Flying near flowers
Bug Size 50 mm
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 90 Bells
PAL: 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 80 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]

#2

Yellow Butterfly
"I caught a yellow butterfly! C'mere, yellow fellow!"

Description All males of the species are white- females can be yellow or white.
Times Mar – Jun: 4 AM – 7 PM
Sep: 8 AM – 4 PM
Peak Times
Location Flying near flowers
Bug Size 50 mm
Rarity Common
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 90 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]

#2

Yellow Butterfly
"I caught a yellow butterfly! Now to catch a toastfly!"

Times Mar – Oct: 8 AM – 5 PM
Peak Times Apr – Jun
Location Flying near flowers
Size 57.4mm
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 80 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]

#27

Yellow Butterfly

Event Availability None
Location Sunburst Island
Size 50.7 mm – 57.3 mm
Rarity
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]

#2

Yellow Butterfly
"I caught a yellow butterfly! Shouldn't all BUTTERflies be yellow?"

Time of Year North: Mar – June; Sep – Oct
South: Mar – Apr; Sep – Dec
Time of Day 4 AM – 7 PM
Location Flying
Rarity Very Common
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]

The Yellow and Common Butterflies in City Folk

As with all bugs and fish in the Animal Crossing series, the Yellow Butterfly can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers. During each donation, he will enlighten the player to some information about the donation. Below are quotes from each game, on what he has to say;

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 Yellow Butterfly can be found fluttering around the flowers in the central display in the insect room after donation.

In Wild World[edit]

Upon donation, Blathers the curator speaks of the Yellow Butterfly;

"Butterflies are covered in "scales" that flake off like dust when touched, eh wot? Blech... The very thought makes my eyebrows itch unbearably... Anyhoo, I suppose that's neither here nor there..."

As with other butterflies, the Yellow Butterfly can be found flapping around the flowers in the first room of the insect display.

In City Folk[edit]

Once again, Blathers will speak of the Yellow Butterfly in a rather horrified way:

"We call them all yellow butterflies, but many subspecies of this insect exist, wot wot? Indeed, this fact makes them rather interesting to many researchers... What's more interesting to me is why anyone in their proper mind would take interest in these things."

In City Folk, the Yellow Butterfly appears flying around the flowers on the lower terrace of the insect room.

In New Leaf[edit]

The Yellow Butterfly flying around the player 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 Yellow Butterfly:

"The yellow butterfly is similar to the common butterfly, with the two easily mistaken for one another. Males are more often a yellowish color, and females are more often white. The larvae feed on plants of the Fabaceae family, such as milk vetch or white clover."

In New Horizons[edit]

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

"Allow me to enlighten you... The yellow butterfly is named for its yellow wings. Need I say more? If I must, then allow me to note that the female yellow butterfly can lay up to 600 eggs at a time! Bleech! And their creepy crawly caterpillars just love to chomp on clover plants. A recipe for disaster, I say.Just imagine reaching for a four-leaf clover, only to touch a larva instead! Yuck! The worst of luck!"

The Yellow Butterfly can be found in the butterfly room.

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

Real-world information[edit]

A real yellow butterfly

Pieridae, yellow-white butterflies, are a large family of butterflies that are widespread throughout the world. So common in fact, that many sub-species have been given dozens of names throughout the world. Yellow-white butterflies are, as the name suggests, yellow or white in coloring, and usually have black markings on the wings. Males are generally colored differently to the females of the same species.

The butterflies shown in Animal Crossing are females, as males lack the yellow spots within the black bands on the edges of the wings. Colias erate is locally known as the Eastern Pale Clouded Yellow and is widespread over eastern Europe and Asia.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese モンキチョウ
monkichō
Eastern pale-clouded yellow

Korean 노랑나비
norangnabi
Eastern pale-clouded yellow

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
斑缘点粉蝶 / 斑緣點粉蝶
bānyuándiǎn fěndié

Russian Желтушка
Zheltushka

Dutch Citroenvlinder Common brimstone

German Zitronenfalter Common brimstone

European Spanish Mariposa colias

European French Citrin Due to the yellow colour, shared with citrus

Italian Farfalla gialla -

Notes[edit]

  1. Japanese: モンキチョウ Hepburn: Monkichō


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