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"I caught a monarch butterfly! Who rules now? I rule now!" —New Leaf

The monarch butterfly (オオカバマダラ, Ookabamadara?) is a common orange butterfly that occurs in the fall. In New Leaf monarchs also occur on the island year round.

It is one of six bugs (itself, the Cricket, the Pine Cricket, the Red Dragonfly, the Bell Cricket, and the Migratory Locust) that are limited to the autumn season from September onwards.

Donation to the museum

As with all fish and bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the monarch can be donated to the museum by talking to Blathers, who will give some information upon donation.

In Wild World

"The monarch butterfly got its regal name because of its orange coloring, wot? Yes, it reminded people of the king of England, aka William of Orange. To be perfectly honest, if I were His Highness, I'd be rather miffed! Blech! Truly, to have a filthy bug remind people of you... Absolutely appalling, wot!"

After donation, the monarch butterfly can be found resting on or flying around the flowers on the right of the first room of the bug area, along with the other butterflies.

In City Folk

Blathers will say this upon donating the monarch butterfly:

"Monarch butterflies are quite colorful, aren't they? ... As it happens, the colors indicate they're poisonous! I certainly start to feel queasy when I look at one. Though that happens with all bugs."

After donating a butterfly to the museum, it can be seen flying around on the upper tier of the bug exhibit.

In New Leaf

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

"Monarch butterflies are known for their lengthy southward migrations in the winter. Once spring rolls around, they return to their original homes until the weather turns cold again. In their southern habitat during the winter, you may see thousands of them covering the trees." On island, they can be found all year.

In New Horizons

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

"Did you know the monarch butterfly migrates south for the winter and returns north for the summer? Indeed, these horrid orange beasties do not tolerate the cold and travel 3,000 miles to escape the winter. During the journey, they cluster together in trees by the thousands just to stay warm. Imagine! Hordes of the foul flittering fiends huddled together in one place! If only they'd put on tiny coats instead."

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 and you can complete the "World Insects" lesson with 2 play coins. It adds 72 insects to your collection.

Capture quotes

"I caught a monarch butterfly! This butterfly can travel!" —Wild World
"I caught a monarch butterfly! To me, Your Majesty!" —City Folk
"I caught a monarch butterfly! Who rules now? I rule now!" —New Leaf
"I caught a monarch butterfly! Guess the butterflies are a democracy now!" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Monarch butterfly (Wild World) "In a group, they can migrate up to 1,850 miles."
Size 85 mm
Time Midday
Season Fall
Icon Monarch butterfly (Wild World icon)


City Folk

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Monarch Butterfly (City Folk)
"These are known for their ability to travel far—in excess of 1,500 miles!"
Size About 85 mm
Time Noon
Season Fall


New Leaf

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
MonarchButterflyNL
"I caught a monarch butterfly! Who rules now? I rule now!"
Size 111 mm
Time Morning-Evening
Season Fall


Gallery

Further information

Main article: Monarch Butterfly on Wikipedia
Monarchreal!

This is a real monarch butterfly (Male).

The monarch butterfly has a wingspan of about 9½ centimeters. It is found in North America, New Zealand, and Australia[citation needed]. The male has brighter colors than the female. Males also have scent glands (visible as a dark spot on the hindwings) which help distinguish the males from the females. Due to the toxic milkweed diet of the caterpillar, both the larvae and adults are poisonous, and consuming these butterfly could cause harm.

In other languages

Monarch butterfly
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese オオカバマダラ Ōkabamadara
Flag of France small French Monarque
Flag of Spain Spanish Mariposa monarca
Flag of Germany small German Monarchfalter
Flag of Italy small Italian Farfalla monarca
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Monarchvlinder
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 大桦斑蝶 Dàhuàbāndié
Flag of South Korea Korean 왕나비 Wangnabi


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