Emperor butterfly
モルフォチョウ Morufo-chou
Emperor butterfly encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
Near flowers,
Anywhere (CF)
2,500 Bells
Size Available in rain
115 mm No
Time of year Time of day
June to September 8am to 5pm (WW),
7pm to 8am (CF,NL)
Scientific name Morpho menelaus
Family Nymphalidae
Appearances WW, CF, NL , PC
Rarity Uncommon (★★★)(WW)
Scarce (★★★★)(CF, NL)
Regional names Flag of France small Morpho bleu
Flag of Germany small Himmelsfalter
Flag of Spain Mariposa celeste
Flag of Italy small Farfalla morfo blu
"I caught an emperor butterfly! Feeling blue, Your Majesty?" —Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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 and New Leaf 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 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 but 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

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."

Capture quotes

"I caught an emperor butterfly! It's blue... it's royal!" —Animal Crossing: Wild World
"I caught an emperor butterfly! Such royal beauty!" —Animal Crossing: City Folk
"I caught an emperor butterfly! Feeling blue, your majesty?" —Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

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

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

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


Further information

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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.

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