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"Yes! I caught a great purple emperor butterfly! It supposedly comes from a far-off island!" —Animal Crossing

The purple butterfly (オオムラサキ, Ōmurasaki?), also called great purple emperor, is a rare butterfly found in GCN games, and again in New Horizons. In the GCN games this bug requires trees for appearance, and may be more readily found during rain or during all seasons on the Island provided trees are planted. It is the only airborne bug to occur in rain except for bees and tree insects and it is significantly Easier to catch in New Horizons

It is the fastest butterfly in the GCN games when flushed, and it will disappear when it leaves the acre in Animal Crossing and Animal Forest e+, but not in Animal Forest and Animal Forest+.

After a long absence, the purple butterfly returns in Pocket Camp during the All Aflutter Butterfly Goals event, and then again in New Horizons under its full name.

Donation to 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're all the same! By which I mean disgusting! Truly hoo-riffic, wot wot! Hooo... But I digress..."

Once donated it appears in the middle of the bug section sitting on the trunk of a tree.

In New Horizons

In New Horizons, upon donation or selecting "Tell me about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):

"The great purple emperor lives high in the treetops and is renowned for its pretty purple-hued wings. Its impressive bird-like wingspan and elusive nature have made it a favorite among butterfly aficionados. But truth be told, the so-called great purple emperor has some not-so-great peculiarities. For has two horrid HORNS upon its head when it is in its caterpillar form. For has been known to dine on feces and animal carcasses! Hoo! That's why I call it the Emperor of EWWW!"

Once donated, it appears in the main room flying close to a group of beetles. At night, it rests on the large tree.

Capture quotes

"I caught a great purple emperor! Its purple reign is over now!" —New Horizons
Japanese Quotes

「やったー! オオムラサキを つかまえた! どっかの しまぐにの くにのチョウ らしい!!」 —Animal Forest

"I did it! I caught a great purple emperor butterfly! It looks like a butterfly from another island!" (translation)

「やったー! オオムラサキを つかまえた! どっかの しまぐにから きたらしい!」 —Animal Forest e+

"I did it! I caught a great purple emperor butterfly! It looks like it came from another island!" (translation)

Encyclopedia information

New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information
NH-Great Purple Emperor
Current Active Hours 4am - 7pm
Months active (north) May to Aug.
Months active (south) Nov. to Feb.


Further information

Great purple emperor butterfly
Main article: Great Purple Emperor on Wikipedia

Sasakia charonda, better known as the great purple emperor, is a large nymphalid butterfly unrelated to the European purple emperor, Apatura iris. However, much like the latter species, it inhabits the treetop canopy, only coming down to feed. Not only this, in both species the females are identical to the males except they lack the purple iridescence. Larvae feed on hackberry plants. It is the national butterfly of Japan, and highly prized by collectors.

In other languages

Great purple emperor
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese オオムラサキ Ōmurasaki
Flag of France small French Sasakia charonda (Fr.)
Grand empereur pourpre (Ca.)
Flag of Spain Spanish Marip. emperador japonés
Flag of Germany small German Japan-Schillerfalter
Flag of Italy small Italian Farfalla imperatore viola
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Paarse keizervlinder
Flagofrussiasmall Russian Сасакия харонда Sasakiya haronda
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 大紫蛱蝶 Dàzǐjiádié
Flag of South Korea Korean 왕오색나비 Wangosaengnabi

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