The Most Beautiful Butterflies In The World



A butterfly is a mainly day-flying insect of the order Lepidoptera. Due to their bright colors and visits to flowers, butterflies are the most familiar of insects to humans. There are about 17,500 species of butterflies in the world. Butterflies (and moths) are the only group of insects that have scales covering their wings, although some butterflies have reduced scales.

Here are some butterflies I consider interesting and beautiful.

Please note that this post in not supposed to be complete so please be free to post links to other interesting buterfly images you’ve taken or seen in the comments to this post.

Alpine Black Swallowtail (Papilio maackii)

Alpine Black Swallowtail (Papilio maackii)
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Appolo butterfly (Parnassius apollo ssp. norwegicus)

Appolo butterfly (Parnassius apollo ssp. norwegicus)
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Archon apollinus (Bellargus Staudinger)

Appolo Butterfly Archon apollinus bellargus
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Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi)

Australian painted lady vanessa kershawi
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Baeotus baeotus

baeotus amazonicus
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Bhutan Glory (Bhutanitis lidderdalii)

Bhutan Glory (Bhutanitis lidderdalii)
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Blue Pansy (Junonia orithya)

Blue Pansy (Junonia orithya)
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Cairns Birdwing (Ornithoptera euphorion)

Cairns birdwing ornithoptera euphorion
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Citrus Swallowtail (Papilio demodocus)

Papilio demodocus citrus swallowtail
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Clipper (Parthenos sylvia)

Clipper Parthenos sylvia
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Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)
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Common Lime Butterfly (Papilio demoleus)

also known as Common Lime Butterfly, Lemon Butterfly, Lime Swallowtail, Small Citrus Butterfly, Chequered Swallowtail, Dingy Swallowtail, Citrus Swallowtail
Common Lime Butterfly Papilio Demoleus
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Crimson Rose (Atrophaneura hector)

Crimson Rose (Atrophaneura hector)
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Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)

Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)
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Eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

Eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
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European Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io)

European Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io)
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Glasswinged butterfly (Greta oto)

Glasswinged butterfly (Greta oto)
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Golden Birdwing (Troides aeacus)

Golden Birdwing (Troides aeacus)
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Julia Heliconian (Dryas iulia)

Julia Heliconian (Dryas iulia)
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Kaiser-i-Hind Swallowtail (Teinopalpus imperialis)

Kaiser-i-Hind Swallowtail (Teinopalpus imperialis)
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Leopard Lacewing (Cethosia cyane)

Leopard Lacewing (Cethosia cyane)
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Malachite Butterfly (Siproeta stelenes)

Malachite Butterfly (Siproeta stelenes)
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Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
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Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing (Trogonoptera brookiana)

Rajah Brooke's Birdwing (Trogonoptera brookiana)
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Red lacewing butterfly (Cethosia biblis)

Red lacewing butterfly (Cethosia biblis)
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Red Pierrot (Talicada nyseus)

Red Pierrot (Talicada nyseus)
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Red-Spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax)

Red-Spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax)
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Rusty-tipped Page (Siproeta epaphus)

Rusty-tipped Page (Siproeta epaphus)
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Sara Longwing (Heliconius sara)

Sara Longwing (Heliconius sara)
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Scarce Bamboo Page or Dido Longwing (Philaethria dido)

Scarce Bamboo Page or Dido Longwing (Philaethria dido)
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Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)

Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
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Sylphina Angel (Chorinea sylphina)

Sylphina Angel (Chorinea sylphina)
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Tailed Jay (Graphium agamemnon)

Tailed Green Jay (Graphium agamemnon)
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The gladiator (Hypolimnas dexithea)

The gladiator (Hypolimnas dexithea)
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The Peleides Blue Morpho or Common Morpho (Morpho peleides)

The Peleides Blue Morpho or Common Morpho (Morpho peleides)
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The Southern Festoon (Zerynthia polyxena)

The Southern Festoon (Zerynthia polyxena)
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The White-barred Emperor (Charaxes brutus natalensis)

The White-barred Emperor (Charaxes brutus natalensis)
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Ulysses Butterfly (Papilio ulysses)

Ulysses Butterfly (Papilio ulysses)
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Viceroy Butterfly (Limenitis archippus)

Viceroy Butterfly (Limenitis archippus)
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White Dragontail (Lamproptera curius)

White Dragontail (Lamproptera curius)
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Zebra Longwing butterfly (Heliconius charithonia)

Zebra Longwing butterfly (Heliconius charithonia)
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Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)

Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)
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10 responses to "The Most Beautiful Butterflies In The World"

ankita said:
January 5, 2012

oh my god its very very aweeeesomeeeeee. i like it very much. gorgeous butterflies. a very beautiful n unique collection. very good.

April 25, 2012

certainly as good as the moths, if not even better.Makes me want to jump off the airplane with net in hand ( did that once – not a satisfactory result).

may may kyaw said:
November 20, 2012

i am not a researcher, but i am very intrest5ing in butterflies and love them.

Stef said:
March 17, 2013

Wow! These are stunning. Nature is SO incredible.
I am looking for photos of various kinds of Cosmopolites. Do you have any suggestions?

kerry said:
May 15, 2013

i am an artist and
was researching butterflies for a painting – thank you for the absolutely fabulous collection of images -

June 3, 2013

One of the greatest wonders of the world! G-d’s Creation.the greatest artist of the universe.

Samuel Avyatar said:
June 7, 2013

Leave well enogh alone……Seems that God is a super mega fashion designer………
Thanks for this magnificant desplay of beauty
Cheers

July 3, 2013

On this page i have seen he beauty of the nature. i am eagar to see in reality. thanks thanks thanks.

August 17, 2013

My favor is watching and enjoying beautiful butterflies.

Arx said:
September 13, 2013

I found an female ” pailio glaucus “, taught I might post the picture here, but i guess i cant. If there is any possibility to do that pleases let me know how. Thanks..

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