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"I caught a Queen Alexandra’s birdwing! That‘s a feather in my cap!" —New Horizons

The Queen Alexandra's birdwing (アレキサンドラトリバネアゲハ, Arekisandoratoribaneageha?), formerly known as the birdwing butterfly (アレクサンドラアゲハ, Arekusandora-ageha?), is the rarest butterfly in the Animal Crossing series. It can be found during the summer.

The birdwing butterfly appears around flowers in Wild World but in City Folk and New Leaf it can appear anywhere on the map. In Animal Forest e+ this bug appears on the Island, but only on the top of Oak Trees, which must be brought in as saplings and planted.

Birdwing butterflies are reasonably fast, but less so than the Agrias butterfly. In Animal Forest e+ they appear around the canopy of trees, well out of net range, and only descend when disturbed by running or throwing the net nearby.

Donating to the museum

As with all bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the birdwing butterfly can be donated to the Museum followed by a short monologue by Blathers, the curator.

In Animal Forest e+

Crab Coconut Crab Hermit Crab Birdwing Butterfly

AFe+ museum. A Birdwing is visible on the coconut tree trunk.

On donation it flies at the bottom left of the museum around the Coconut Palm where the crabs reside.

In Wild World

Blathers will say:

"Though I know this is a type of tiger butterfly, its size is simply monstrous! Are you trying to terrify me with this behemoth? No, you wouldn't do that. Rather shabby of me to suggest you would... Please accept my apologies!"

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

Blathers will say:

"Hoo my, what a butterfly... I now see why it's touted as the world's largest butterfly, eh wot? I'd heard the wings of this particular butterfly can extend over a foot...but up close, they look bigger still! If one of these flew into me while I was out flying... I'd likely pass out in horror and plummet on the spot!"

In New Leaf

When observing it in the Museum:

"The world's largest butterflies, birdwing butterflies, have wings that can measure 30 cm long. The females have longer wings than the males, while the males' wings have a deeper blue color. Though they are extremely popular with collectors, international trading is either limited or fully banned."

It can be found on it's information sign in the top-left room.

In New Horizons

Hoo! The horror! This behemoth butterfly may be called a Queen Alexandra’s birdwing... But I call it the Queen of My Nightmares! It is huge! Indeed, the world‘s hugest. No butterfly can best its foot-long wingspan. The larvae alone grow to more than 4 inches. As if that weren’t appalling enough...they’re poisonous! Murderous monsters, indeed!

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 "World Insects" lesson with 2 play coins. It adds 72 insects to your collection.

Capture quotes

"I caught a birdwing butterfly! A green light in midair!" —Wild World
"I caught a birdwing butterfly! Tweet tweet, flap flap?" —City Folk
"I caught a Queen Alexandra's birdwing! That's a feather in my cap!" —New Horizons
Japanese Quotes

「アレクサンドラアゲハを捕まえた! Oh! アレクサンドラァ~!!」 —Animal Forest e+

"I caught an Alexandra Birdwing! Oh! Alexandraa~!" (translation)

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
100px "The largest butterflies in the world, they have been mistaken for birds and shot."
Size 260 mm
Time Midday
Season Summer
Icon File:Queen Alexandra's birdwing (Wild World icon).png

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Birdwing (City Folk)
"Known as the world's largest butterfly, this species boasts larger females."
Size About 260 mm
Time Noon
Season Summer

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Birdwing butterfly encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a birdwing butterfly! Wow! It's about the size of a bird!"
Size 240 mm
Time Morning-Afternoon
Season Summer

New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information
NH-Queen Alexandra's birdwing
"I caught a Queen Alexandra's birdwing! That's a feather in my cap!"
Current Active Hours 8AM - 4PM
Months active (north) May - September
Months active (south) November - March


In other languages

Queen Alexandra's birdwing
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese アレキサンドラトリバネアゲハ Arekisandoratoribaneageha
Flag of France small French Troides alexandrae
Flag of Spain Spanish Mariposa alas de pájaro
Flag of Germany small German Vogelfalter
Flag of Italy small Italian Farfalla regina Alessandra
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Alexandra's vogelvlinder
Flagofrussiasmall Russian Птицекрылка Александры Ptitsekrylka Aleksandry
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 亚历山大凤蝶 Yàlìshāndàfèngdié
Flag of South Korea Korean 알렉산드라비단제비나비 Alleksandeurabidanjebinabi

Further information

Birdwing Butterfly

A real life birdwing butterfly.

Main article: Queen Alexandra's birdwing on Wikipedia

Queen Alexandra's birdwing butterfly is the largest species of butterfly in the world: its wings can reach a span of over 25cm. It is only found in the forests of Papua New Guinea. It is endangered, and is one of the three species of insect which are illegal to trade worldwide. The species was named after Alexandra of Denmark. Due to their large size, the species has few natural predators: only a few spiders and birds are capable of taking one down. Due to their large size and high flying patterns, it is not uncommon for poachers to resort to using shotguns to capture these butterflies.

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