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Butterflies are small critters that can be found in Forests during daytime. They can be caught with a Bug Net and carried in the inventory, or crafted into Butterfly Jars. They can also be used as bait for fishing. The Underworld variant, Hell Butterfly, can be found in the Underworld during daytime.


Butterfly Rarity Sell Bait
NPC ID Notes
Gold Butterfly Gold Butterfly
Internal Item ID: 2891
Rarity level: 3 10 50% 444
  • Low spawn rate.
Julia Butterfly Julia Butterfly
Internal Item ID: 2001
Rarity level: 1 30 25% 356
Monarch Butterfly Monarch Butterfly
Internal Item ID: 1994
Rarity level: 0 5 5% 356
Purple Emperor Butterfly Purple Emperor Butterfly
Internal Item ID: 1995
Rarity level: 2 75 35% 356
Red Admiral Butterfly Red Admiral Butterfly
Internal Item ID: 1996
Rarity level: 2 40 30% 356
Sulphur Butterfly Sulphur Butterfly
Internal Item ID: 1998
Rarity level: 0 10 10% 356
Tree Nymph Butterfly Tree Nymph Butterfly
Internal Item ID: 1999
Rarity level: 3 1 50% 356
  • Low spawn rate.
Ulysses Butterfly Ulysses Butterfly
Internal Item ID: 1997
Rarity level: 1 20 20% 356
Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly
Internal Item ID: 2000
Rarity level: 1 15 15% 356
Hell Butterfly Hell Butterfly
Internal Item ID: 4845
Rarity level: 1 20 15% 653


Used in[]

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Gold Butterfly JarGold Butterfly JarBy Hand
Hell Butterfly JarHell Butterfly Jar
Julia Butterfly JarJulia Butterfly Jar
Monarch Butterfly JarMonarch Butterfly Jar
Purple Emperor Butterfly JarPurple Emperor Butterfly Jar
Red Admiral Butterfly JarRed Admiral Butterfly Jar
Sulphur Butterfly JarSulphur Butterfly Jar
Tree Nymph Butterfly JarTree Nymph Butterfly Jar
Ulysses Butterfly JarUlysses Butterfly Jar
Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly JarZebra Swallowtail Butterfly Jar
Golden DelightGolden DelightCooking PotCooking Pot
Butterfly StatueButterfly Statue (tModLoader version)Heavy Work BenchHeavy Work Bench
Butterfly StatueButterfly Statue (Desktop versionConsole versionMobile versionNintendo Switch version)Heavy Work BenchHeavy Work Bench and Ecto Mist
total: 13 row(s)


  • Like all critters, butterflies spawned by a Butterfly Statue will disappear into a puff of smoke when trying to catch them with a Bug Net.
  • The spawn rate for butterflies is decided at random when a day begins. As such, some days will have countless butterflies, while others will have almost none.
  • Butterfly Jars cannot be crafted back into their materials, thus once a butterfly is put in a jar, it can no longer be released or used as bait for fishing.
  • Butterflies, like all critters, can heal up naturally over time.
  • Attempting to catch a Hell Butterfly with a standard Bug Net will not work, resulting in 1 damage taken and being inflicted with Burning for 5 seconds.


  • New players should be on the lookout for days when lots of butterflies spawn, since they can fetch high prices. One day can easily net over 10.


BestiaryBestiary entries

  • Butterflies: "Beautiful fluttering insects that love sunrises. Fish are attracted to these based on their color variety."
  • Hell Butterfly: "A solemn butterfly seeking blooms rooted in hell. Its wings glimmer with fiery veins."

See also[]


  • Desktop
    • Hell Butterfly added.
    • Butterflies can now actively try to avoid enemies close to them.