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Monarch Butterfly Fish #1141

General

Flying butterfly fish are always welcome visitors to the garden, as their beautiful patterns combine the best qualities of both of their namesakes. They appear to swim through the sky with the help of fin-like wings, lightened by specialized swim bladders. Those who study them can contest that the creatures are as lightweight as they look, which is what gives them an elegance and grace matched by few other creatures. The way the light catches their scales, wings, and flowing tendrils makes them a dazzling sight to behold. While difficult to keep as pets, a few butterfly fish enthusiast organizations have sprung up over the years and produced spectacular new varieties through selective breeding programs. They often meet for shows where the brightest and most colorful fish are judged against each other.

Egg

This small round egg is one of many clustered around a small aquatic plant leaf.

Hatchling

Butterfly fish fry are very small when they first hatch, and just as vulnerable as they look. They are far too delicate to fly for their first few weeks, so they remain with their clutch mates until their colors and wings start to grow in. They are voracious eaters, each variety of butterfly fish picking its own species of aquatic plant to torment. For this reason, butterfly fish are considered pests to fishermen whose catches compete with the fry for food, though the creatures are tolerated as adults as they help pollinate many plants once they start to fly.

Adult

Juvenile butterfly fish grow very fat just before their wings grow, resembling grubs more than fish. Their juvenile colors are at their brightest at this point, though they bear little resemblance to their adult form. When they're ready to leave the water, the juveniles curl up on a leaf and excrete a tough cocoon around themselves. The next day, they emerge as fully-formed adults and swim to the surface, leaping out of the water and extending their new wings into the sky. It may take a few jumps before they figure out how to catch the breeze, but once they figure out how to fly, they will never return to the water except to lay their eggs.

Notes

Obtained from: Stream (very common)
Breeding: Yes
Renaming cost: 2000 gold
Release date: July 21st 2020

Breeds with the following:
Monarch Butterfly Fish + Monarch Butterfly Fish = Monarch Butterfly Fish
Monarch Butterfly Fish + Monarch Butterfly Fish = Swallowtail Butterfly Fish
Monarch Butterfly Fish + Swallowtail Butterfly Fish = Ulysses Butterfly Fish

Sprite art: Mysfytt | Description: PKGriffin

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