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The subject of this article is from the ExoMech update.
The information from this article is is up-to-date as of 10 June, 2020.

Rhopalocera are a genus in No Man's Sky.

Unknown butterfly/moth-like species.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Rhopalocera is a genus of fauna in No Man's Sky.

Species from this genus are referred to as "butterflies" (the term used by the game code), "moths," or "dragonflies" due to their appearance. There is also another, much more rare variant of this genus, the "spore" or "jellyfish" like creatures, described under the section below. The second variant of Rhopalocera includes the smallest fauna ever found in No Man's Sky at 0.07m, or 7 centimeters.

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Flying/Hovering Distinction[edit | edit source]

Although perhaps most obvious to classify them as a "flying" genus, it may technically be more appropriate to consider them a terrestrial-hovering genus, as they maintain a roughly constant and fairly close proximity to the ground. They also don't occupy the same slots on the fauna lists of planets as "true" flying genera like Agnelis, Cycromys, or Oxyacta.

Major Variants & Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Sporeflies, Hionissi Pipiethr of Anthocyanin, HUB-V-16A Zoology Star.

Rhopalocera has two major variants: the "butterflies," which also includes dragonfly-like or moth-like species, and the "cell-like/jellyfish-like" or "spore creatures" (sporeflies for short), a group of tiny species which are often compared to leaves, cells, spores, or tiny floating jellyfish. For the purpose of this section, "butterflies" refers to the first group and "sporeflies" refers to the second.

  • Butterflies will have wings divided into two sections; ie, it may just have two wings like an Earth butterfly, or it may have dragonfly-like wings that move as if they were butterfly wings.
  • Sporeflies will have "flaps" which may slightly flap, or may just stay still as they blow in the breeze.
  • Almost always found in groups of three or more.
  • Often found in the presence of two predatory Tyranocae species due to how fauna spawning works ("prehistoric" planets always have 2 Tyranocae predators and 1 species from this genus).

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