12 Most Beautiful Butterflies
Butterflies. The word evokes in our minds images of green trees, perfect weather, and other examples of nature’s beauty. Here are 12 of the most beautiful and unique butterflies from across the globe.
1. Glasswing Butterfly
As you’d expect from the name, this butterfly has glasslike wings that are see-through. While this is great for camouflage, it also makes this butterfly one of the most beautiful and interesting on our list—because it can be whatever color is immediately behind it! They are found throughout Central America.
2. Dead Leaf Butterfly
These butterflies display vibrant coloring on the top side of their wings but the second they fold their wings, they look like nothing more than a dead leaf. The bottom of their wings have a brown color and structure that looks exactly like a dried up leaf, which makes them look less-than appetizing to a would-be predator. They are found in the Asian tropics.
3. Neglected 88 Butterfly
A Brazilian butterfly, the Neglected 88 gets its name from the patterning on its wings which look like the number 88. While its coloration is not as interesting as that of other types, the patterning on its wings is so impressive that it made the cut for our list.
4. Owl Butterfly
Owl butterflies sport patterning on their wings that, when unfolded, look like an owl staring you down. This requires that they have two large dots on their wings to look like eyes, patterning that resembles an owl’s feathering, and that their unfolded wings are large enough to resemble and owl’s head. Their wingspan can reach 8 inches, but you’ll have to decide how well their coloring accomplishes the rest. They are found throughout Central and South America.
5. Queen Alexanrda’s Birdwing Butterfly
As the largest butterfly in the world, with a wingspan that can grow to be 1 foot across, it’s no wonder that this butterfly would have a specialized defense mechanism against predators. Caterpillars eat the highly toxic pipevine plant which makes the mature adult butterfly poisonous to predators. It is only found in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea, making it one of the rarest on our list as well.
6. The Emerald Swallowtail
This butterfly is so named because of its impressive tail. The tail lies under its wings and is segmented so that when the wings flutter, the tail stays stationary. Not only is it one of the rare examples of green butterflies, its metallic green coloring makes it one of the most elegant butterflies in the world. It can be found in Southeast Asia.
7. Zebra Longwing
Can you guess how this butterfly got its name The distinctive yellow and black patterning makes this one of the easiest butterflies to recognize. Its coloring, combined with its broad wingspan, makes it one of the most beautiful in the world. It can be found in southern Florida, especially the Everglades.
8. White Morpho
Native to Central America and the West Indes, this butterfly’s wings look like a carefully written piece of parchment, with patterning that almost makes it look like an ancient treasure map is inscribed on each wing. It is most easily identifiable by the line of “o” shaped rings on the lower part of its wing.
9. Peacock Pansy
With bright orange-yellow wings that feature several dark purple-accented spots that look like shining eyes (or a group of nebulae as seen through a telescope), this butterfly colors the jungles of Singapore and south Asia.
10. Wood White
While it may look unremarkable with its gray-and-white patterning, this butterfly made it onto our list because of how its wings react to the sun. When touched by rays of sun, its wings glow a bright white that looks almost surreal. It can be found throughout Britain, a fitting place for this elegant creature to reside.
11. Great Mormon
This butterfly can be found throughout Southern Asia and has a wingspan that resembles a fighter jet or a bird. It had wide upper wings and low-profile lower wings giving it more of a sleek look than others. It has a signature orange coloration near the top of its wings, making it look even more like a show-off ace pilot.
12. Brazilian Red-Leaf Butterfly
While it sounds like an official name, we couldn’t track down the real name for this awesome looking butterfly, so we improvised. Two reasons we couldn’t let this one pass us by even though we couldn’t track down the name first, because it has such a bright red coloration, and second because its wings have such a cool, aerodynamic shape.