How to Draw a Butterfly and Label Its Parts

Let’s draw a butterfly and label its parts step by step.


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Start with a black pen, and draw a smooth, large “n” shape in the center of your page – make the left arm slightly longer than the right.


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From the bottom left hand corner, draw another “n” shape – this one rotated to around a 45 degree angle – heading out and to the right hand side, closing the bottom of the “n”.


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Use this same corner to bring down another line, this time at round an 85 degree angle, heading down to the bottom right hand corner of the page. At the bottom bring the line across, down into a tall “loop”, and back across and down.


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Now, use the end of this line to connect back to the main corner you started from. This will be the right wing of your butterfly.


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In this corner you have been working from, add a small, pointed “cone” shape, connecting all the pieces together. Fill this with alternating stripes of black and white.


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Now, head to the bottom of this shape, and draw a long, thin shape extending straight down, stopping just above the bottom of the right wing – this is the main body of your insect! Add a small circle to the top of this shape.


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Above the circle, add a wavy line heading straight up, and then add a series of slightly jagged lines extending out from the main body – these will be your butterfly legs.


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Add a series of brief, sharp lines down the length of the main body.


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Now, decorate your wings with shapes and outlines, all along the edges and at the bottom of the wing. Use hearts, circles, teardrops, triangles – let your imagination take over!


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Use a brown pen to fill in the wings – leave your shapes uncolored for the moment.


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Grab an orange pen, and use this to fill in the body of the butterfly.


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Now use your blue pen to carefully fill in some of the shapes you left blank – fill slivers and lines and add lines and marks to the middle of triangles and other shapes.


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Taking a red pen, repeat this process, adding red tones to the center of shapes, and using it to fill lines.


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Use the yellow pen to fill in the remainder of the shapes, including filling whole shapes, and shading the empty space around your marks and lines.


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Use an orange pen to add extra detail, such as dots, to the shapes in the wings – make this as individual as you would like.


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Now for the labels: take a black pen and a ruler, and draw a line straight up from the edge of the top of the wing. Label this “Forewing.”


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Next, use the black pen and ruler to draw another straight line from the bottom section of the wing, and label this “hindwing.”


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Using the tools, add a straight line down from the bottom of the body of the butterfly, and label this “Abdomen.”


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Now, add another line, extending from the top of the body, and label this “Thorax.”


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Draw a line extending from the legs, and add the label “Legs.”


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Add another line to the “leg” at the top of the body – this is the “Proboscis” we discussed earlier. Add the label.


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Point your arrow into the eye of the butterfly, and label this the “Compound eye.”


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Next, add an arrow to the “Head”, and label accordingly.


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Complete your detailed drawing by adding an arrow to the wavy line on the top of the head, and labeling this the “Antenna.”


You now have a complete, detailed diagram which tells you everything you need to know and understand about the major parts of the butterfly – why not expand your knowledge by learning more about different species, types and colors of butterfly?

There are few sights more serene than watching a beautiful butterfly make its way across the garden – for many, this is the epitome of a perfect summer.

Did you know however, that as well as being beautiful, butterflies are also super smart? Their small size and lack of visible armor means that they are pretty low down on the food chain, and vulnerable to attacks from a number of predators and enemies. To help them stay safe, many butterflies have learned to fold their wings completely, allowing them to blend into the background and become totally camouflaged from any enemies and predators.

Other butterflies, however, take the opposite approach – they have developed loud, proud and bright colors, making their presence clearly known. In the natural world, these colors and vibrancy often indicate that the animal or insect is toxic – and so the majority of predators will stay well away for fear of being poisoned.

They are also super smart when it comes to their diet; butterflied survive on a completely liquid diet, which is typically composed of nectar. They have specially adapted mouthparts, which means that they can drink easily – this is known as a proboscis, which sits curled underneath the chin until a suitable food source is found.

Upon discovery, the proboscis is unfurled and out to work. Interestingly, butterflies have to assemble this crucial tool themselves when they reach adulthood – upon emerging from the chrysalis, the mouth is in two pieces. Using special palpi located close to the mouth, the insect must work the two sections together to form a single tubular structure – this is the proboscis which will keep them alive.

Learning the parts of the butterfly will help you to understand and appreciate this creature more completely.

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