|“||Butterfly, flutter by.||”|
Butterflies are harmless insects commonly found in Grasslands. They spawn from Flowers and Evil Flowers and will slowly flutter around the map, often landing on other flowers when they come across them. At dusk they will return to a nearby flower to hide. Butterflies usually drop Butterfly Wings when killed (98% chance), and occasionally drop Butter instead (2% chance). They take one blast from the Ice Staff to be frozen but they can't be put to sleep. They are considered innocent creatures and killing one adds 1 point to the player's naughtiness level, which can cause Krampus to appear. Note: Killing a stack of butterflies only counts as 1 naughtiness level, so it is a good idea to use a Bug Net to farm them. If you need health, killing butterflies is a good idea, because their drops restore a large amount of health compared to most low-tier items.
Since they have only 1 HP they take 1 hit to kill with any weapons, though it's better to kill them unarmed. Butterfly Wings restore 8 9.375 if eaten, and also can be used to cook Butter Muffins in the Crock Pot.
Butterflies do not spawn in Winter.
Butterflies fly away when approached, making them quite difficult to catch and kill.
The best time to attack them is when they stop to land on flowers. This means hunting in an area with lots of flowers will provide many more opportunities to hit them; they will be on the plant for a few seconds, giving you the opportunity to attack and kill them. Butterflies also sometimes flutter around in place and can be easily hit. Walking close to a flower seems to spawn a Butterfly more frequently.
Being insects, Butterflies can be caught in a Bug Net, the only weapon/tool that has the range to hit a moving Butterfly. The Walking Cane can do too but you have to walk by the butterflies and click on it quickly. With the Bug Net you can click on the moving butterfly at a distance or approach it manually and press spacebar to automatically chase and catch it.
When captured they become an item in inventory which stacks to 20.
Catching butterflies will not increase your naughtiness, but killing them in your inventory will.
Butterflies can be used to plant new Flowers by right-clicking them on the ground. Planting Flowers is useful for creating butterfly farms, or for providing Bees with Flowers to produce Honey faster. This is a very nice way to get a lot of flowers near your bee boxes so that bees don't have to travel very far for flowers and make honey faster. Maxwell himself says "It's a flying Flower." Or, you can just kill them while in your inventory to produce the butterfly wings or butter, but it will raise your naughtiness level.
- When two butterflies spawn from the same flower when you attack one the other will also be killed, but will not drop anything.
- When stored in a chest sometimes a stack of butterflies will get free and you'll have to catch them again.