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Small, flying butterflies are found in several instances in Metroid Prime. They are seen in the Tallon Overworld and Chozo Ruins areas of Tallon IV and make high-pitched buzzing sounds. They are often found in close proximity to Saturnines, lichen or Sap Sacs. Some Butterflies are seen flying near Flaahgra's face, most likely attracted to an unseen substance secreted from the mushroom-like structures atop its head.
A dark red variant is present in the Impact Crater in the Metroid Prime Lair, above flesh-like holes in the ground. They are hard to notice depending on how focused Samus is on targeting Metroid Prime.
Though a variety of colorations are seen throughout the game, the butterflies have only a single texture file, which is orange. All other colorations are produced through some sort of shading technique.
- The butterfly texture files appear to have been reused by Retro Studios in Donkey Kong Country Returns for orange-colored butterflies that are also part of the scenery.
|Seeds||Impact Crater • Bryyo Seed • Elysia Seed • Pirate Seed • Leviathan Battleship|
|Biology||Leviathan womb • Leviathan Infant • Leviathan optical organ • Phazon Core • Tentacle|
|Guardians||Metroid Prime • Emperor Ing • Mogenar • Helios • Omega Ridley|
|Inhabitants||Butterflies • Fission Metroid • Lumigek • Missile Blocker • Parasitic fungus • Phazon Leech • Scorchbug • Scritter • Swarmbot • Seed platform • Protozoan • Maggot|
|Technology||Leviathan Command Codes • Wormhole • Leviathan-class capital ship|
|Items||Hyper Ball • Hyper Grapple • Hyper Missile • Force Ball|
|Non-hostile|| Aurora Unit 217 • Baby • Dachora • Databot • Etecoon • Fleet Admiral Castor Dane • Fleet Mechanic • Pow • Septogg • Tatori • Tatori, Jr. |
Training Drone • Watchdrone • Work Robot
|Hostiles|| Aazelion • Airthorn • Autom • Big Metroid • Cannon • GMX-04 Halberd-class turret (if provoked) • Polyp • Proboscum |
Puromi • Ring Beam Unit • Ripper II • Samus Eater (Bud) • Seed platform • Unfreezable Metroid • ZipNMEBomber
|Misc.|| Bloatsac • Blueroot Tree (Dark) • Butterflies • Chomper Fish • Durable plantform • Fish • Fungus • Glow Stem • Great Tree |
Massive tentacle • Moth • Parasitic fungus • Protozoan • RedGrass • Sandgrass • Sbug • Scarp • Scatterbug • Tallon fern • Mantha