draw a butterfly

In this drawing lesson we’ll show you how to draw a Butterfly in 9 easy steps. This step by step lesson progressively builds upon each previous step until you get to the final rendering of the Butterfly.

Here are some cool facts about the Butterfly you might find interesting.

  • Butterflies live throughout the world in temperate and tropical regions and are important pollinators of flowers.
  • They start their lives as caterpillars that molt many times before forming a chrysalis or cocoon and emerging as adult butterflies.
  • Butterflies taste with their feet and have a long proboscis or tongue to sip nectar from flowers.
  • Their wings are covered in tiny scales that give butterflies their beautiful colors and help camouflage or signal to others.
  • Monarch butterflies make an annual migration of over 3,000 miles from Canada to Mexico each year.
  • Butterflies fly during the day and rest with wings folded at night or during bad weather.
  • The largest butterfly species is the Queen Alexandra’s birdwing from Papua New Guinea with a wingspan over 11 inches.
  • Some butterflies live for only 1-2 weeks while others can survive for over 9 months.
  • Butterflies see some colors like blue, purple and black but cannot see red colors.
  • Caterpillars molt up to 16 times and grow thousands of times larger before becoming adult butterflies.

Here’s a BONUS video of our How To Draw a Butterfly easy drawing lesson

You can follow along with the video or use the simple drawing steps below the video as a guide!

How To Draw a Butterfly – Easy Step by Step Drawing Guide

In just 9 steps we show you how to draw a beautiful Butterfly with it’s wings fully expanded. Follow each step, sometimes printing the page helps. You can even trace the final Butterfly rendering if it helps you!

Step 1: Draw an oval to represent the beginning the body section.

how to draw a butterfly

Step 2: Draw in a pair of upper wings.

how to draw a butterfly

Step 3: Draw the lower butterfly wings.

how to draw a butterfly

Step 4: Sketch the inner wing details.

how to draw a butterfly

Step 5: Add the outer wing details, draw a few more details to the body and don’t forget to finish the head.

how to draw a butterfly

Step 6: Draw in more details of the lower wings.

how to draw a butterfly

Step 7: Draw in more details of the upper wings.

how to draw a butterfly

Step 8: Draw the final details to the head and add the antennae.

how to draw a butterfly

Step 9: Add the final details to the lower wings and upper inner wing and you’ve completed the How To Draw a Butterfly Lesson.

how to draw a butterfly

Great job, you’ve completed the How To Draw a Butterfly drawing lesson! That was easy, wasn’t it? You can use the zoomed in picture of a butterfly below to color in your drawing…there are so many varieties of beautiful butterflies, so get creative with your coloring!

butterfly realistic drawing

Congratulations!

You did it! Congratulations on drawing a butterfly! Your first try may not have gone smoothly, but I’m pretty sure after another attempt or two you saw a big improvement. The best way to learn how to draw a butterfly is with plenty of practice.

Are you looking for another flying insect to draw? How about learning how to quickly and easily draw a fly?! Take a look here: How to Draw a Fly – quickly and easily!

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