- "I caught a birdwing butterfly! Wow! It's about the size of a bird!" —New Leaf
The birdwing butterfly appears around flowers in Wild World but in City Folk and New Leaf it can appear anywhere on the map. In Animal Forest e+ this bug appears on the Island, but only on the top of Oak Trees, which must be brought in as saplings and planted.
Birdwing butterflies are reasonably fast, but less so than the Agrias butterfly. In Animal Forest e+ they appear around the canopy of trees, well out of net range, and only descend when disturbed by running or throwing the net nearby.
Donating to the museum
In Animal Forest e+On donation it flies at the bottom left of the museum around the Coconut Palm where the crabs reside.
In Wild World
Blathers will say:
"Though I know this is a type of tiger butterfly, its size is simply monstrous! Are you trying to terrify me with this behemoth? No, you wouldn't do that. Rather shabby of me to suggest you would... Please accept my apologies!"
It can be found on or flying around the row of flowers on the right of the first room, with the other butterflies.
In City Folk
Blathers will say:
"Hoo my, what a butterfly... I now see why it's touted as the world's largest butterfly, eh wot? I'd heard the wings of this particular butterfly can extend over a foot...but up close, they look bigger still! If one of these flew into me while I was out flying... I'd likely pass out in horror and plummet on the spot!"
In New Leaf
When observing it in the Museum:
"The world's largest butterflies, birdwing butterflies, have wings that can measure 30 cm long. The females have longer wings than the males, while the males' wings have a deeper blue color. Though they are extremely popular with collectors, international trading is either limited or fully banned."
It can be found on it's information sign in the top-left room.
Unlock with Happy Home Handbook Lesson
In Happy Home Designer
After Day 9 in game, go to the saving place and sit down at your desk. Pick the "Study the handbook" option, you can complete "World Insects" lesson with 2 play coins. It adds 72 insects to your collection.
- "I caught a birdwing butterfly! A green light in midair!" —Wild World
- "I caught a birdwing butterfly! Tweet tweet, flap flap?" —City Folk
「アレクサンドラアゲハを捕まえた！ Ｏｈ！ アレクサンドラァ～！！」 —Animal Forest e+
| "The largest butterflies in the world, they have been mistaken for birds and shot."|
- Main article: Queen Alexandra's birdwing on Wikipedia
Queen Alexandra's birdwing butterfly is the largest species of butterfly in the world: its wings can reach a span of over 25cm. It is only found in the forests of Papua New Guinea. It is endangered, and is one of the three species of insect which are illegal to trade worldwide. The species was named after Alexandra of Denmark. Due to their large size, the species has few natural predators: only a few spiders and birds are capable of taking one down. Due to their large size and high flying patterns, it is not uncommon for poachers to resort to using shotguns to capture these butterflies.