|“||When he could, he saw all round him a sea of dark green, ruffled here and there by the breeze; and there were everywhere hundreds of butterflies. I expect they were a kind of 'purple emperor,' a butterfly that loves the tops of oak-woods, but these were not purple at all, they were a dark dark velvety black without any markings to be seen.||”|
–The Hobbit, Flies and Spiders
Butterflies are harmless mobs that can be seen in many biomes in Middle-earth. They come in many different colors such as red, white, orange, yellow, and purple. In Mirkwood, the purple butterflies emit a purple trail of glowing particles. Among the Mallorn trees in Lothlórien you can see white butterflies that emit a blue, yellow, white or green trail of glowing particles. In Far Harad, an abundance of flamboyantly coloured butterflies can be found. If you kill a butterfly, you get the achievement "Merciless" and earn the respective title.
Note: The butterflies will always be facing the player, just like an enchantment table's book.
Bushland (hills) •
Cloud forest •
Jungle (clearing, edge, lake, river) •
Animals of Middle-Earth