How to Draw a Butterfly Outline

With bright colors, incredible patterns, and an ability to help pollinate incredible flowers, there are plenty of aspects to celebrate when it comes to the humble butterfly. To celebrate these incredible insects, let’s learn how to draw our very own!


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Step-By-Step Images and Instructions

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How to draw a butterfly outline step 1

Start with a gray pencil and add a small circle shape just to the right of the center of your page. Inside this, add two small “teardrop” shapes.


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Bring two lines up from the top of this circle, moving up and outwards in a “V” shape from the top.


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Add a “teardrop” shape to the bottom of the circle…


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And a long, thin point, like a “diamond” shape, to the bottom of this teardrop.


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Now add four lines, moving out towards the corners of the page, emerging from this central teardrop shape.


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Join the tops and bottom lines on each side together with a vertical, “bumpy” line, to create the wings of the butterfly.


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Next, draw two lines, curving downwards from around halfway down the length of the “diamond” shape.


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Then, add two lines curving downwards from the bottom of the top wings, and add two more “U” shapes beneath these lines, pointing upwards.


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Join these details together with another set of wavy lines, to create the bottom wings of your insect.


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Then, add two long, thin shapes to the very top line of the top wing…


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And a series of small circles to the outside edges of the top wing.


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Separate the circles by adding a slightly bumpy line in between each, heading inwards to match the long, thin shapes you just drew. Then, add a long bumpy line just inside the circles on both sides.


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Add two semicircle shapes to the top of the bottom wings…


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And make a series of short lines heading out from this shape, towards the outside lines of the wings.


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Use a black liner to carefully go over your lines, leaving a sharp, bold and strong outline.


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Use the black liner to draw an oval to the outside edges of the bottom wings.


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Then, use the same black to fill in the outside edges on the top and bottom wings, leaving the circles empty.


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Use the same black to thicken the curved lines in the top and bottom wings…


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And finish by erasing the pencil marks with an eraser.


And in just a few short steps, you have created your very own stunning butterfly outline – why not create another example with the bright, distinctive colors and patterns of these insects?

Butterflies are a welcome sight throughout the great outdoors, and there is no better symbol of spring than their bright colors and cheerful patterns, fluttering throughout green meadows as they drift from flower to flower.

The term “butterfly” is used to refer to a number of species of insects, all of which belong to multiple families – the butterfly joins skippers and moths to create an insect order known as Lepidoptera and are found almost everywhere on the globe. These three types of insects have a range of factors in common, including the dust-like scales which come away from the bodies, legs and wings when the creature is handled – this means that careful handling is essential.

There are, however, several differences – the most prominent of which is their patterns of behavior. Unlike moths, butterflies are active in the daytime, rather than the cover of night favored by moths, and tend to have bright, cheerful colors as well as striking and distinctive patterns. They also hold their wings in a vertical position over their back when they are resting, and are identified by their distinctive, club-tipped antennae. In most cases, butterflies feed on plants at each of their four life cycle stages, and there is a tendency to focus on specific types of plants.

Butterflies are known for their ability to extract the nectar from flowers, and this is achieved thanks to a unique evolutionary feature which allows them to suck the nectar from flowers, and they, in turn, give plenty back to their surroundings.

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