Today, I will show you “how to draw a butterfly” so easy, but before you start learning how to draw butterflies, let’s find out interesting facts about them!
Interesting facts about butterflies
- Butterflies are nearsighted: In the range of 10-12 feet, the eye can see butterflies quite well. Anything beyond that distance will be slightly blurred to the butterfly’s eyes. Butterflies rely on their eyesight to do important tasks, like finding mates and finding nectar.
- Butterflies have “taste” in their feet: Butterflies have taste receptors on their feet, which help them find hosts and food sources. A female butterfly perched on a tree, stomping on the leaves with her paw to release juice.
- Butterflies almost exclusively feed on liquids: Butterflies use straws to suck nectar. Unlike caterpillars that destroy leaves, adult butterflies only feed on liquids, usually nectar. The mouth part is modified to allow them to drink bile, but cannot chew. With a spout at the mouth part, which functions as a water intake, they straighten out when sucking in nectar and curl back when not in use.
- Newly hatched adults have no proboscis: A butterfly that cannot drink nectar is likely to die. The adult butterfly does not have a sucker, at this point its mouth is divided into 2 parts. One of the first jobs of newly hatched butterflies is to ask for help from fellow butterflies. The adult butterfly will approach it and begin working with these two discrete parts to form a single tube, which will absorb water.
- Butterflies drink a lot of mud: A butterfly cannot live on sugar alone, it also needs minerals. To supplement their diet, butterflies will occasionally nibble on puddles of mud, which are rich in minerals and salts.
- Butterflies can’t fly in cold weather: Butterflies need an ideal temperature of about 85ºF (29ºC) to fly. Since butterflies are cold-blooded animals, they cannot regulate their own body temperature. When the air temperature ranges from 82º-100ºF (27ºC – 38ºC), butterflies can fly easily. On cooler days, the butterfly needs to make its body by flying slowly. When the temperature reaches 38ºC, butterflies also have difficulty because of the heat and find a cool place to hide.
- Newly mature butterflies cannot fly: Inside the cocoon, the developing butterfly waits for the moment to come out of its shell. Once out of its pupa, it greets the world with its tiny withered wings. Butterflies must immediately pump fluid into their bodies through veins in their wings to expand them. Once its wings reach full size, the butterfly must rest for several hours to dry out and harden before it can take its first flight.
- Butterfly lives only a few weeks: Once it emerges from its cocoon and matures into an adult, the butterfly has only two to four short weeks to live, a characteristic of most butterflies. During that time, it focuses all of its energy on two tasks – eating and mating. Tiny blues butterflies only live a few days, but monarch butterflies live up to 9 months.
Easy to draw a butterfly with just 10 simple steps
Below are 10 step-by-step instructions to help you draw a butterfly drawing very easily. Hope you enjoy my animal drawings!
10 steps to draw a butterfly
Here is a step-by-step guide to drawing a butterfly:
- Start by drawing the body of the butterfly. This can be done by drawing an oval shape with a slightly curved line on top to create a rounded appearance.
- Draw two larger curved lines on either side of the body for the wings.
- Draw a small triangle on the head of the butterfly to represent the antennae.
- Sketch the veins of the wings by drawing thin, curved lines on the surface of the wings.
- Draw the legs by sketching three thin, elongated rectangles that extend from the bottom of the body.
- Draw the eyes by sketching two small circles on the head.
- Sketch the patterns and designs on the wings by drawing thin, curved lines and shapes that mimic the natural patterns found on butterfly wings.
- Add shading to the butterfly’s body to give it more depth and dimension.
- Color in the butterfly, using bright, bold colors that mimic the natural colors found in nature.
- Finally, add a background to the butterfly, such as a garden or flower, to make it look as if it’s in its natural environment.
And there you have it, a simple butterfly drawing! Keep practicing, and you’ll be able to create your own unique version of a butterfly in no time!