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"I caught a birdwing butterfly! Wow! It's about the size of a bird!"

Birdwing Butterfly
Scientific Name
Ornithoptera alexandrae
Papilionidae - Butterflies
Time of Year
Time of Day
8am to 5pm
Flying (near flowers)
Selling Price
4,000 Bells

The Birdwing ButterflyOrnithoptera alexandrae, is an uncommon butterfly that can be caught between 8am and 5pm between the months of June and September. It can be sold for 4,000 Bells.


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

"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."

In real life[]


The Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing (Ornithoptera alexandrae) is considered the largest butterfly in the world. It is named after Queen Alexandra who is the wife of King Edward VII from the United Kingdom. It was originally discovered by Albert Stewart Meek, who was employed by Lord Walter Rothschild (who named it) in 1907, in Papua New Guinea. It was shot down using a shotgun, but its early stages were discovered via breeding. The female birdwing has a wingspan of up to 31cm, while the male (which appears in game) has a smaller wingspan of up to 26cm.