Butterfly Pictures and Images
Over 100 free butterfly pictures and large butterfly images. Find close-up, professional butterfly photos, every color of butterfly pics and butterfly facts.
On this page you will find dozens of free butterfly pictures (which you may use for personal use*). Just right click on the butterfly image you want and save it to your computer. Enjoy!
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You'll find free butterfly pictures and images in each section below, arranged by color. Or, you can just scroll down the page to see all of the butterfly pictures and photos.
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Papilio Rumanzovia Butterfly
The Papilio Rumanzovia in the picture above is also called Scarlet Mormon Butterfly. He lives in the Philippines but sometimes flies over to Taiwan for a vacation holiday.
Many of them are all black, but pink splashes of color are also found in some varieties.
Like all butterflies, the wing colors are actually made up of tiny hairs that grow on scales that form the wings. Look at the butterfly photo above to see a close-up of the wings.
Did You Know?
There are more than 20,000 different kinds of butterflies, each with a different color pattern and a different wing shape!
Black and White Butterflies
This group of butterfly pictures shows black and white patterns in true art deco style with intricate designs.
Each one is a flying work of art.
One of a kind, this real butterfly in a wood frame is an extraordinary accent to contemporary décor.
This is a unique gift for nature lovers and is a stand-alone, true work of art.
Fact About Butterflies
Unlike many other insects, butterflies don't sting and they don't bite. They don't have teeth and they don't have stingers.
Black and White Butterfly
This black and white beauty took a break from his lunch and looked right at the camera in the remarkable butterfly picture below:
Blue Butterfly Pics
Without butterflies to pollinate, many plants and flowers would cease to exist on planet earth.
Butterflies pollinate a much wider area than bees because they fly greater distances.
Willamette Valley Fenders Butterfly
The rare butterfly pictured below is on the endangered species list. It is only found in Western Oregon, U.S.A., and ten years ago there were only 200 known to exist. After efforts on the part of the government to reestablish their natural habitat, the numbers have increased to almost 4,000.
Lange's Metalmark Butterfly
The Lange's Metalmark Butterfly, pictured below, lives exclusively in sand dunes in the San Francisco Bay area. Fifty years ago, the population was estimated at about 25,000 insects.
Because of severe changes in its ecosystem, this specie is on its way to extinction. As the sand dunes were mined for sand and as herbicides were applied to remove vegetation, the butterflies began to disappear.
In 1980, their habitat was designated as the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge and efforts were made to restore the environment and preserve the insect. Unfortunately, this endangered specie now numbers about 30 adults. It is unlikely that this butterfly will survive.
Two rare photographs are in the butterfly images below:
The Butterfly Garden
Learn what to plant in your backyard garden to attract and nurture butterflies. Planting and maintaining a butterfly garden can be a rewarding family project.
This book, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute, is splendidly illustrated with pictures and images. It is everything you need to create your personal butterfly wonderland and support the earth's ecosystem, even if you live in an urban area.
Each butterfly eye is made up of many tiny eyes which point in different directions, so a butterfly can see all around at the same time.
They can also see ultraviolet light, which humans cannot see.
And they can see the color red, which is invisible to bees.
The butterfly image above is an extraordinary close-up photo of the face of a butterfly.
Here you can see the proboscis – the butterfly mouthpiece – in its coiled position.
The proboscis works much like an elephant's trunk. It coils when he's not feeding and then it stretches out to drink and feed when he sucks nectar and sap from flowers and plants.
Green Butterfly Photos
The green butterfly in the photo below looks just like a variegated leaf!
The Madagascar Sunset only lives on the island of Madagascar. It is actually a moth, a cousin to the butterfly. It is highly prized by collectors because of its exquisite beauty.
A gorgeous, real butterfly from Southeast Asia is a treasure for green lovers everywhere. This natural beauty comes in a wood frame, perfect for a gift.
Butterflies have four wings: two forewings and two hindwings. Their wings, in so many different colors and patterns, make them the most beautiful and most loved of all insects!
Look closely at the butterfly images below and you will see the two sets of wings.
Monarch Butterflies live in many parts of the world but are most well known for their great numbers in North America.
Every year, they migrate from the United States in August and travel to Mexico for the winter. They swarm in the millions and cover entire trees where they sleep at night. In the spring, they return again to America where their journey began.
The flight is so long that the generation of butterflies which begins the trip is not the one which finishes the return flight.
The Monarch migration is one of nature's fascinating miracles.
Pictures of Monarch Butterflies
Raise Your Own Monarch Butterflies
Raise your own butterflies in this kit with everything you need. Your shipment of caterpillars comes with food and you will watch in amazement as they grow, form chrysalides, and then hatch into butterflies to be released in your garden or in a neighborhood park.
Children love this creative science project and it can be reused time and time again. It's a great activity for the whole family to enjoy!
It comes with complete instructions and butterfly pics.
Bring the outdoors in with this real butterfly from India. It comes in a wooden frame, perfect for gift-giving. It's a wonderful way to brighten someone's day! It's also a pleasant get-well greeting for someone who is sick or hospitalized (much better than a butterfly photo on a card).
The Tiger Butterfly is decorated with stripes just like the tiger animal.
It lives in Brazil, but flies northward to Mexico and sometimes as far away as Kansas in the United States.
The Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io) gets its name from the feathers of the beautiful male peacock bird, which look like they have eyes.
The butterflies are found from England to Japan and are usually a burnt orange color, with 'eyes' of purple, blue, white, gold, orange and black. They are gorgeous models for butterfly photos!
Orange and Black Halloween Butterflies
Have you ever wanted to make a butterfly mask for Halloween?
Of course, you can make a butterfly in any color, but the butterflies below are the perfect pattern to use because they are all orange and black and look like they were made for the holiday.
Just make a mask from one of these butterfly images and dress like a flower, and you'll look just like a butterfly on a flower!
Orange and Black Halloween Butterflies
Orange and Black Butterfly
This is a color-coordinated butterfly! In the photo above, did you notice the little orange beads at the end of his antennae?
Also in the image, notice his proboscis mouthpiece is busily sucking juice from the yellow daisy.
This real butterfly from the highlands of New Guinea is a natural work of art. Stunning home decoration and perfect gift for anyone, this butterfly mounted in flight is awe-inspiring.
This one-of-a-kind real butterfly encased in acrylic is a whimsical presence in any room. Brighten your day or someone else's with this perfect gift of cheer. It comes packed in a golden gift box.
Did you notice the little bumble bee in the pic above?
Close-up Butterfly Images
In the two close-up, butterfly pictures below, you can clearly see the proboscis extended, sucking nectar from the flowers.
In the first image, the butterfly is looking directly at the photographer for an amazing photo, mimicking that famous quote from the movie Taxi Driver:
"Are you looking at me?"
For shots like these of small, flying insects, all you need is the right camera.
Be sure to check out the two great additional resources below.
Miracle of Butterflies Video
Professional Quality Butterfly Pictures
The perfect butterfly picture above was taken by Moe Epsilon at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida.
How did he capture such a great shot? It was easier than you might imagine. He used this smartphone:
Samsung Galaxy S II, Model T989, with an 8MP Camera
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