How to Draw and Label the Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Butterflies are beautiful creatures, and the epitome of grace, beauty, and wonder – they brighten up any garden. To celebrate these wonderful insects, let’s learn how to draw our very own – let’s get started.


Tutorial Video


Step-By-Step Images and Instructions

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Use a black pen to add two small teardrop shapes to the left of your page, making the right larger than the left.


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Add three more shapes to the right of this, making these slightly smaller.


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Repeat this on the right with four other shapes, making these lightly larger, and pointing them towards the top of the page.


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Add two more shapes to the right, with one pointing up and the other down.


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Add another bunch of three to the right, and two more below.


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Now, return to the first shape, and add smaller shapes to the right side.


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Use a series of loops to create a long, caterpillar shape to the right of this.


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Add two small circles to each segment of the caterpillar.


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Now, add an oval shape to the right of this, and add a small stalk to the top.


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Divide this into smaller sections with curved lines.


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Add a long, thin, pointed shape to the right, between the center and final shapes, and add two lines to the top of this, creating the body and head of our butterfly.


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Add two wings to the top of this…


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And then add details to this right wing, with smaller shapes above.


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And then add black to the edges of this.


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Connect the bunches of leaves together with two wavy lines, forming a branch.


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Now, number each section of the cycle – 1, 2, 3 and 4.


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Use the black pen to shade the main area of the wings on the butterfly in 4, leaving the details in white.


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Shade the center of this with the orange pen…


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And then use a yellow pen for the edges of the wings.


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Use the orange pen for the small clump of circles in Stage 1.


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Use a green pen for the leaves, the caterpillar on top of the branch, and the cocoon in Stage 3.


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Use a brown pen to shade the branch itself.


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Use a blue pen to add arrows between the numbers.


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Then, use a black fineliner to add the labels, from left to right “EGGS”, “CATERPILLAR”, “PUPA”, “BUTTERFLY”.


And there we have it – your very own butterfly life cycle – but there is still plenty to learn about these truly wonderful creatures, so why not get ready to research?

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