Common butterfly
モンシロチョウ Monshiro-chou
Common butterfly encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
Flying 80 Bells (AC)
90 Bells (WW, CF, NL)
Size Available in rain
50 mm No
Time of year Time of day
March to October (AC)
March to September (WW)
March to June & September (CF, NL)
8am to 5pm (GCN)
4am to 7pm (WW)
4am to 7pm (CF, NL)
8am to 4pm (CF Sept.)
Scientific name Pieris rapae
Family Pieridae (White butterflies)
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL, NH
Rarity Common (★)
Regional names Flag of France small Papillon commun
Flag of France small Piéride de la rave (NL)
Flag of Germany small Kohlweißling
Flag of Spain Mariposa común
Flag of Italy small Farfalla comune
"I caught a common butterfly! How could I resist?" —New Leaf

The common butterfly (モンシロチョウ, Monshiro-chou?) is a small white butterfly that is similar to the yellow butterfly in all but color. They sell for 80 or 90 Bells depending on the game version. They fly slowly in circles, generally around flowers, but can also be found flying freely. The common butterfly is the first bug according to number order of the bug list in all games.

Donation to the museum

As with all bugs and fish in Animal Crossing series, the common butterfly can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers. Below is what he has to say upon donation:

In Animal Crossing

Blathers response upon accepting butterflies for the museum in Animal Crossing is the same for all species:

"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 common butterfly can be found fluttering around the flowers in the central display in the bug room after donation.

In Wild World

When donated to the museum in Wild World, Blathers the curator will speak about the common butterfly:

"The common butterfly looks quite innocent, eh wot? Far from it! It's a pest! It is a worldwide cabbage-field ravisher, hoo! I suppose that is rather beside the point, but still, innocent, my foot!"

The common butterfly appears in the first room of the bug exhibit, fluttering above the flowers on the right hand side of the room.

Yellow and white

The Yellow Butterfly and the Common Butterfly in the Museum.

In City Folk

As with previous games, Blathers treats the common butterfly with general disgust:

"If one were to look closely at a common butterfly, one might notice that it's covered in fine hairs... But WHY would one look closely?! Blecccch! Creepiness aside, one also gets icky powder on one's hands by touching them... Not for me, eh wot?"

After donation, the common butterfly flies around the flower beds in the lower terrace of the bug room.

In New Leaf

After donating a common butterfly, the museum sign reads:

"Seen flapping in the sun, common butterflies can be identified by black spots on their white wings. To the human eye, both males and females look white, but there are actually subtle differences. On closer inspection, the males' wings look black while the females' wings look white. The caterpillars have been known to cause damage to farmers' crops."

Capture quotes

"I caught a common butterfly! I've seen a lot of these around lately!" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a common butterfly! It's so white and pure!" —Animal Crossing: Wild World
"I caught a common butterfly! So white and charming!" —Animal Crossing: City Folk

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Common butterfly (Wild World) "They are white, but the male's eyes are yellow, and the female's, white."
Size 50 mm
Time Midday
Season Spring - Summer
Icon Common butterfly (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Common Butterfly (City Folk)
"Though all look white to the naked eye, males and females are different colors."
Size About 50 mm
Time Noon
Season Spring

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Common butterfly encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a common butterfly! How could I resist?"
Size 56 mm
Time Morning-Evening
Season Spring


In Dōbutsu no Mori

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In the movie a Common Butterfly makes an appearance in the blue rose garden when Ai tries to find Apollo.


  • The common butterfly features in the DLC quest 'Animal Crossing: Fisher King' for the game Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, where it can be caught by bug catching, and sells for 90z.

Further information

Large white

A cabbage white butterfly

Main article: Pieris rapae on Wikipedia

The common butterfly is a representation of the cabbage white or small white, a kind of butterfly found across much of the northern hemisphere. They are preyed upon by large arthropods such as spiders in rural areas, but by birds in urban areas. They are very common and not at risk of extinction. Their caterpillar is a serious pest on farms as they eat voraciously and can destroy crops very easily in large numbers.

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