Flying Rainbows: The World’s Most Beautiful Butterflies


Butterflies are one of most diverse and beautiful insects in the world. Along with bird watching and wildlife photography, nature lovers have also stared adding butterfly spotting in their list of activities.

They are excellent subjects for photography and the very sight of these colorful insects adds immense beauty, serenity and joy to our lives.

Let’s take a look at some of the most beautiful butterflies on our planet.

1. 88 Butterfly

This is a butterfly found in the wet tropical forests of Central and South America. Notice that their underside wings resemble the number 88.

2. Malay Lacewing Butterfly

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This is one of the prettiest butterflies found across Southeast Asia. The intricate ‘lace’ patterns on the undersides of the wings are likely to have given rise to the origin of its English common name, Lacewing.

3. Sapho Longwing Butterfly

This species is found in Mexico through to Ecuador. The topside has a beautiful petrol blue iridescence.

4. Karner Blue Butterfly

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An endangered species found in the Northeastern pine barrens of New York and New Hampshire. The Karner blue is the official state butterfly of New Hampshire.

5. Chorinea Amazon Butterfly

This is a rainforest butterfly found at altitudes between about 200-1000m, usually in the vicinity of streams. They look very much like miniature swallowtails, with transparent wings marked with black veins.

6. Common Jezebel Butterfly

A medium-sized pierid butterfly found in many areas of South and Southeast Asia, especially in the non-arid regions of India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand.

7. Silvery Blue Butterfly

This is a small butterfly native to North America. The upperside is a light blue in males and a dull grayish blue in females.

8. Goliath Birdwing Butterfly

It is a birdwing butterfly found in New Guinea and is the second largest butterfly in the world. A male is green black and yellow in color.  Females are brown, black, yellow, white, and red and sometimes a bit of blue.

9. Red Lacewing Butterfly

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This species can be found from the Indian Subcontinent eastwards to Southeast Asia, the limit being the Philippines. They have the most elaborate wing patterns of all butterflies.

10. Banded Orange Butterfly

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Native to South and Central America, the Banded Orange is the sole representative of its species. In summer, this butterfly can occasionally be found as far north as central Kansas.

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