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Free Vintage Butterfly Pictures

Please scroll down to see the free vintage butterfly pictures

Please scroll down to see the free vintage butterfly pictures

I'm not going to pretend to know a lot about butterflies, but I do know beautiful vintage butterfly pictures when I see them. And these illustrations are gorgeous. The attention to detail is amazing. As a bonus, all the images are large enough to be printed full-size and framed. A grouping of these in separate black frames would be a stunning addition to any environment. (Make sure to follow the instructions below to get the highest resolution versions of the artwork.) You can also use any of these images to create avatar art for blogs or social media sites or to use as inspiration or references when taking painting lessons.

Below the vintage butterfly pictures, you'll also find a video slide show of photographic butterfly pictures. Amazingly, some of the real butterflies are more spectacular and ornate than the illustrations. Proof once again that nature is a wonderful artist.

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Terms of Use

Please click to read the guidelines for these vintage butterfly images or visit

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Instructions for Downloading the Free Vintage Butterfly Pictures

Please scroll down to read the Terms of Use (click the Rules of the Road image further down on the page to see them) for these butterfly images before downloading.

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To download, choose a thumbnail of any of the butterfly clip art images. When you click on one, it will appear larger. Then, if you have a PC, just right-click and save the final version of the artwork to your hard drive. Control-click your mouse to save if you have a Mac.

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The Butterfly Life Cycle

  1. Egg
  2. Caterpillar
  3. Pupa
  4. Adult or imago

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Butterfly Fun Facts

  • Some caterpillars form mutual associations with ants by using vibrations transmitted through substrate, in addition to using chemical signals. They form these associations because the ants provide some degree of protection for the caterpillars.
  • Caterpillars also use other means to protect themselves. Some inflate parts of their heads and have camouflage eye spots to appear snake-like. Others have special structures to produce chemicals that smell bad and chase predators away.
  • A newly-hatched butterfly inflates its wings with blood and then lets them dry. It is extremely vulnerable to predators during this process, which can take from one to three hours.
  • Butterfly wings get their color because minute scales are pigmented with melanins that create shades of black and brown. Blues, greens, reds and iridescence on the wings usually aren't created by pigments but by the micro-structure of the scales.

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For more information, visit Wikipedia's butterfly page.

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Norman Lane on January 18, 2015:

Your work is very beautiful, thank-you very much !

DEYANIRA on February 24, 2012:

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Trsmd from India on February 21, 2012:

Fun facts about the butterfly was really interesting in addition to the lovely images of butterfly. Thanks for sharing:)

abby on April 18, 2011:

hi asome yay

hannah on March 10, 2011:

great animated video!

Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on March 26, 2009:

You're welcome, Celly. :-)

Celly from Brazil on March 25, 2009:

Thanks so much, love the butterflies !

Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on December 21, 2008:

Hi, Karen. I'm glad you enjoyed the butterflies! Thanks for the kind words.

PeacefulWmn9 from Michigan on December 21, 2008:

I love butterflies! Your information on them and the beautiful pictures was a good journey.


how to increase vertical on December 18, 2008:

Excellent Reviews.. Good posts of articles and very nice Hub! I have big craze for butterflies.. Moreover I have experienced butterflies sitting on me..

ajcor from NSW. Australia on November 27, 2008:

Thanks again WordPlay - I have just come from your Christmas Vintage clip art hub - so you are on fire!! lol.....cheers

Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 24, 2008:

I didn't know about the scales either until I did the research. Butterflies are much more interesting than I expected!

GoodRead from usa on November 24, 2008:

I didn't know that butterflies had scales!

Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 18, 2008:

Wow, Bob. you're fast. You commented just a moment or two after I posted this!

I'm glad you like the butterfly pictures. I think they're gorgeous and have been wanting to post them for a long time.

Bob Ewing from New Brunswick on November 18, 2008:

The pictures are great, thanks.

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