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"I caught an emperor butterfly! It's not your average monarch!" —New Horizons

The emperor butterfly (モルフォチョウ, Morufo-chou?), is an uncommon butterfly that is found around flowers in the summer months, at varying times of the day depending on the game. In City Folk, it becomes the only butterfly that can be found in the night, however in Wild World it is diurnal.

"Emperor" is not a term naturally relating to this butterfly's real life inspiration, so it is likely that this was actually meant to be the purple emperor previously found in the GCN games.

Donation to the museum

As with all fish and bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the Emperor Butterfly can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers, the curator. When donating, Blathers will say the following upon receiving the Emperor Butterfly:

Wild World

"Hoo. Ah. What have we here? An emperor, if I'm not utterly mistaken? Ah, no, please, don't bother taking it out of its cage! Protocols, you know, wot? I'm a bit squeamish about insects, you see, and I don't fancy touching one."

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

"The emperor butterfly's beautiful blue markings make it a popular gift in certain parts of the world. Hoo, yes, wonderful gift... Such gift givers should have their heads examined, I should think..."

It can be found in the bottom terrace, flying near or resting on the flowers with any other butterflies.

In New Leaf

An information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.

"Emperor butterflies are easily recognized because of their lovely, iridescent blue wings.  Pigmentation isn't actually what causes the color, but rather the reflections on their wing scales.  Since their wings shimmer when moving, noticing them is much easier when they are midflight."

In New Horizons

When either donating to the museum or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):

"The emperor butterfly is called the jewel of the forest. But its vivid blue hue... Ewww, let me tell you! The color does not come from a dye, but rather from light reflecting off layers of translucent scales. Yes, butterfly wings are covered in tiny scales! SCALES! Butterfly? Bah! More like snake of the sky!"

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 the "World Insects" lesson with 2 Play Coins. It adds 72 insects to your collection.

Capture quotes

"I caught an emperor butterfly! It's blue... it's royal!" —Wild World
"I caught an emperor butterfly! Such royal beauty!" —City Folk
"I caught an emperor butterfly! Feeling blue, your majesty?" —New Leaf
"I caught an emperor butterfly! It's not your average monarch!" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Emperor butterfly (Wild World) "Their wings are iridescent, like the back of a CD."
Size 115 mm
Time Midday
Season Summer
Icon Emperor butterfly (Wild World icon)


City Folk

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Emperor (City Folk)
"Their wings appear to be blue on one side, but quite plain on the other."
Size About 115 mm
Time Noon
Season Summer


New Leaf

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Emperor butterfly encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught an emperor butterfly! Feeling blue, your majesty?"
Size About 154 mm
Time Night-Morning
Season Summer


New Horizons

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
NH-encyclopedia-Emperor butterfly
"I caught an emperor butterfly! It's not your average monarch!"
Current Active Hours 5pm to 8am
Months active (north) December to March, June to September
Months active (south) December to March, June to September


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Blue Mopho

A Blue Morpho butterfly in real-life.

Morpho menelaus, more commonly known as the Blue Morpho, is an exotic butterfly that can be found in Central and South America. It feeds primarily on rotten fruit, but in the larval stage, frequently eats other larvae of the same species. Morpho stems from the Greek word for form, which means 'changed'. This may be a reflection of the species' beautiful cerulean iridescence, which has the quality of changing colors in the light, and is not actually true pigment.

In other languages

Emperor butterfly
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese モルフォチョウ Morufochō
Flag of France small French Morpho bleu
Flag of Spain Spanish Mariposa celeste
Flag of Germany small German Himmelsfalter
Flag of Italy small Italian Farfalla morfo blu
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Blauwe morpho
Flagofrussiasmall Russian Морфо менелай Morfo menelay
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 大蓝闪蝶 Dàlánshǎndié
Flag of South Korea Korean 몰포나비 Molponabi


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