|⬅ #6 paper kite butterfly||#7 great purple emperor||#8 monarch butterfly ➡|
- "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
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 one...it has two horrid HORNS upon its head when it is in its caterpillar form. For two...it 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.
- "I caught a great purple emperor! Its purple reign is over now!" —New Horizons
「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
「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+
- 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.
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