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Butterflies

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    Not a bad idea. But why stop at 16 colors? They could have different patterns and such, like the new tropical fish.

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    Neat

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    Mc Rat commented
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    I think they should be able to be captured in bottles, like fishes can be captured in buckets

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    i think the game as a whole desperately needs an full update surrounding mainly atmospheric things like this (the ocean has a lot of atmospheric particles and mobs but the rest of the game is completely lacking)

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    zontor879 commented
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    ooh, maybe you could make a bug net and have some little butterfly glasshouses?

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    Mc Rat commented
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    They could also work as just more complex particles, they don't necessarily have to be mobs

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    Trenix90 commented
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    We also need nets and be able to hoard them like we do fish.

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    Tumbling DD commented
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    There was a mod that added butterflies to Minecraft and it seemed really nice, there was 3 or 4 types of butterflies for each biomes, you could make a butterfly net, used to catch butterflies (you need to have a bucket in your inventory to keep the butterfly you catch).  The captured butterfly could be released or you could put them in an item frame to make a collection (a butterfly that you put in an item frame is dead and can obviously no longer be released alive).

    That's what I remember from this mod and I think these were great idea that could be used for the butterfly mob

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    DaRealSkele commented
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    I'm going to expand on this idea in another post. it's a really good idea but i think i have behavior, health and some more things that may be ok! good suggestion!

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    It might also be cool if you could also have something like a butterfly in a bottle, or just a small, one block, enclosure for the butterfly’s.

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    MenaAngelfire commented
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    The Butterfly Mod that was mentioned is Butterfly Mania, It was a Butterfly collecting mod.  So Book for Buttrflies Caught,  Frames, Jars, Butterfly nets.  It would be a nice touch to minecraft to have these things.  But I think the butterflies should compliment the bees in the polinating process of flowers and crops.  Im sure people would love to make green houses that have both bees and Butterflies in them.

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    Cahshwyga commented
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    Thatd be amazing, I was going to post this but after searching i found you already had the idea. I think similar to bees they should have cocoon blocks which can be mined for string. Cocoons can spawn in any flower filled biome, and after about a day or so, they hatch and spawn a butterfly or two. If mined before hand with silk touch, you can place it somewhere and the butterflies that spawn from it will stay in the area without despawning, so long as they have flowers nearby. If there are both flowers nearby, and trees to nest on, then they will continue to spawn more cocoons on the trees. Butterflies could be able to use nectar from flowers, to do an effect similar to bonemeal, where they spread the growth of flowers. As well as bees and spiders attacking butterflies. When killed, have a chance to drop butterfly wings, which can be placed in an item frame as a decoration. Make maybe 5-10 different looking wings to make them collectable in game. These are just my thoughts, id love the idea.

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    Thinking about it, it would be really fun to have an indoor garden with various butterflies in it. But also, maybe butterflies leave pollen behind every 20-30 minutes when there are at least 4 or 5 flowers around it? Then you can use pollen on a beehive (which is already in minecraft) to boost honey/honeycomb production?

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    butterfly net would be needed 

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    Eetu S commented
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    I definitely agree with this, I think they should have a 40% chance to spawn in a chunk and they would spawn in groups of 2 to 4. It would be cool if they used some real life butterflies for some of the variants.

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    Oneyellowwolf commented
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    There should be nets and butterfly jars as well