How to draw a rain-forest butterfly

Follow our cartoon key to construct your butterfly.

If you're making a realistic drawing, try to keep things the right size. This body size will make a VERY big butterfly, so first think about your drawing. Is it a scene? A close-up of a butterfly? If you want to let your creativity flow and wing it (a butterfly joke) go ahead; there really are no rules here.

This is pretty easy, don't you think? Sort of like a snowman with antennas.

You won't see a butterfly's legs unless it's sitting on something (like a leaf). But here they are in case that's what you're drawing.

The wings are the most fun to draw because of their color and design. You can make them realistic by having the design identical on both wings, or make it wild with your own ideas of color and patterns.


Nicki, who's from Merced, California did this sketch for us. She also did a colored one using oil crayons to blend some crazy colors. You can use our color ideas or make up your own. (Nicki wanted you to know that she's 10 years old, and wants to be a entomologist when she grows up. We had to look that one up in the dictionary! An entomologist is someone who specializes in studying insects).

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