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Tiger butterfly Gallery

"I caught a tiger butterfly! I've earned my stripes!" —New Horizons

The tiger butterfly (アゲハチョウ, Agehachou?) is a common butterfly that can generally be seen during the Spring and Summer months. Contrary to its typical flower-loving brethren in Animal Crossing, in Animal Forest+ and Animal Forest e+ it was only found flying in open spaces away from places, however in Wild World and City Folk it was found near red flowers. In the GCN games they are fast and hard to catch, but in Wild World and beyond, they move slowly, and therefore can be caught more easily. Prior to Wild World, it was called the tiger swallowtail butterfly.

Donation to the museum[]

As with all fish and bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the Tiger Butterfly can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers, who will also tell the player a little bit about the donation. Regarding the Tiger Butterfly:

In Animal Crossing[]

Blathers response upon accepting butterflies for the museum in Animal Crossing is the same for all species:

"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 were all the same! By which I mean disgusting! Truly hoo-rrific, wot wot!"

In Wild World[]

Blathers will accept Tiger Butterflies for donation to the bug room of the museum, but this doesn't necessarily mean that he likes them:

"Tiger butterflies are named due to their distinctive tiger-like markings... I must say, I'd almost rather encounter a real tiger than one of these. Real tigers are nowhere near as... wretched."

The Tiger Butterfly can be found hovering around the flowers in the first room of the bug exhibit after donation.

In City Folk[]

Stroke the butterfly

A player catches a Tiger Butterfly

After donation at the museum in City Folk, Blathers the curator will talk about the Tiger Butterfly:

"Aside from the South Pole, one can find Tiger Butterflies just about anywhere on earth. Imagine these monstrous bugs flapping about the whole globe... The very thought robs me of sleep!"

The Tiger Butterfly can be found fluttering around the flowers on the lower tier of the bug room after donation.

In New Leaf[]

After donating a Tiger Butterfly, the museum sign reads:

"The larvae of tiger butterflies feed on leaves of orange trees until they metamorphose. When they're threatened, they emit a foul smell from their antennae to protect themselves. The dusting you see on your fingers whenever you touch their wings is actually from their scales. These scales form the wing pattern as well as repel rainwater, making them very important for survival."

In New Horizons[]

When either donating to the museum or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):

"Tiger butterflies are known for their majestic wings, which many consider quite beautiful. Truth be told, I find them monstrous! Those strange striped patterns... They give this owl the goose bumps! And while you may imagine young tiger butterfly larvae to look like lovely green caterpillars... it's not so! Why, when tiger butterflies are but babes, they're covered in unsightly white, brown, and black spots. In this way, they camouflage themselves droppings! Putrid pests, 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 and you can complete the "World Insects" lesson with 2 play coins. It adds 72 insects to your collection.

Capture quotes[]

"I caught a tiger swallowtail butterfly! Those wings are beautiful!" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a tiger butterfly! The star of the butterflies!" —Wild World
"I caught a tiger butterfly! Here, kitty, kitty!" —City Folk
"I caught a tiger butterfly! Looks like I pounced first!" —New Leaf
"I caught a tiger butterfly! I've earned my stripes!" —New Horizons
Japanese Quotes

「アゲハチョウを つかまえた! ちょうちよの アイドル!」 —Animal Forest

"I caught a swallowtail butterfly! A butterfly idol!" (translation)

Encyclopedia information[]

Wild World[]

Encyclopedia Information
Tiger butterfly (Wild World) "In the larval stage, they love to eat oranges. After maturation they seek out red flowers."
Size 90 mm
Time Midday
Season Spring
Icon Tiger butterfly (Wild World icon)

City Folk[]

Encyclopedia Information
Tiger Butterfly (City Folk)
"Wherever there are orange trees, these butterflies are likely to be found."
Size About 90 mm
Time Noon
Season Spring

New Leaf[]

Encyclopedia Information
Tiger butterfly encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a tiger butterfly! Looks like I pounced first!"
Size 114 mm
Time Morning-Evening
Season Spring-Summer

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
NH-encyclopedia-Tiger butterfly
"I caught a tiger butterfly! I've earned my stripes!"
Current Active Hours 4 am - 7 pm
Months active (north) March to September
Months active (south) September to March

Further Information[]

Tiger Butterfly
Main article: Papilio machaon on Wikipedia

Papilio machaon, also known as the Old World Swallowtail, is a widespread butterfly found throughout Africa, Europe and Asia. It has several subspecies with small variations, but all share the same basic colour scheme; yellow wings with black and blue markings, red eyespots and distinctively shaped wings which resemble the tails of swallows. These butterflies are considered very easy to keep and breed in captivity.

In other languages[]

Tiger butterfly
Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese アゲハチョウ Agehachō -
France French Machaon -
Spain Spanish Mariposa tigre -
Germany German Schwalbenschwanz -
Italy Italian Farfalla tigre -
The Netherlands Dutch Koninginnenpage -
Russia Russian Махаон Makhaon -
China Chinese 凤蝶/鳳蝶 Fèngdié -
South Korea Korean 호랑나비 Horangnabi -

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