These flying jewels captivate us!
Most insects we avoid, but these attract. Even amaze.
Butterfly coloring pages are filled with their patterns.
Simple line drawings. Drab imitations.
The winged wonders await you.
Restore their glory, color them in...to life.
Lovely butterflies turned into simple drawings. Devoid of their wonder.
Sad colorless creatures now.
Heck, I almost feel like a criminal. I robbed them of their beauty.
But wait, don't blame me. I did it for you!
So please don't leave them this way for long.
I'm thinking neither of us can afford to make Mother Nature mad.
Hurry, reanimate them with your tinting talents. Before it's too late!!
You may have these guys flitting around your neighborhood!
Red admirals dwell in Canada, the U.S., Central America, Europe, New Zealand, Eurasia, a few of the islands of the Caribbean and in the north of Africa according to the University of Florida website.
King of the Butterflies! This regal creature is known all across the United States. It's the one butterfly that almost everyone can identify.
Are you lucky enough to live on their migratory route?
I am. Once I was fishing in a bay along the coast of Texas when a group of them settled on our fishing poles for a brief rest. That was truly a magical moment!
Now they visit my yard!
You'll need to travel to the tropics to see this gorgeous butterfly. It loves warm humid areas in Central America and northern South America (Wikipedia).
Look closely the next time you take a vacation in Costa Rica, Mexico, Belize, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela or Trinidad. You may just spot this beauty!
Until you're lucky enough to take that trip, color yourself a page and dream.
The tiger has a Western, Eastern, Appalachian and Canadian version. So you're likely to spot one of these in almost any part of the U.S. and most of Canada.
The picture on the right was colored by me using photo shop. Looks pretty good, huh?
You can make yourself a copy of this captivating creature!
This tiny butterfly (3/4 inch to 1 3/4 inch) has an even tinier tail. Why a tail on a butterfly, you ask? MO.gov says it can fool predators into attacking the tail instead of the body.
This winged beauty gets its name from it's bold pattern. The USDA.gov website says its name comes from a Latin word, fritillus, which means chessboard or dice box.
It does have a beautiful design on its wings waiting for you to color this adult coloring page. Here's your chance to five life to a drawing.
This yellow butterfly (needs you to color it) has landed on some clover. You can see it has extended its proboscis to enjoy a bit of nectar.
This question mark butterfly has landed on a leaf(in case you were wondering what all those lines are). It gets its interesting name from white marks on the underside of its left hind wing(NCSU website).
And just maybe the fact that it's close relative, the eastern comma, is so similar that people question which butterfly they are viewing!
This little guy is a bay checkerspot. These live in the San Francisco area and are endangered. It's too beautiful to disappear. C'mon Californians, get serious about saving it!
See those two little projections on the hind wings? Those are the hair streaks from which the edward's hairstreak derives its name.
This fantastic red spotted purple butterfly lives in the eastern half of the United States.
Wouldn't it be a treat to attract one of these to your yard?
If you have a sharp eye for flutterby, then you may have noticed that it looks similar to the pipevine swallowtail.
Why? It's a copycat. The pipevine is poisonous, so it's left alone. The purple guy benefits by looking similar to the toxic pipevine.
Want just a simple outline of a butterfly?
Something you can make your own.
Or use as template for a tattoo or other project?
Take a look!
Did you take a dull coloring page and turn into an awesome work of art? Are you bursting with pride?
Why not share it here? You could include any special coloring techniques you used.
These are but a few of the enchanting insects that grace our planet. When you color them, do them proud. Then display them in a place of honor. Remember, Mother Nature may still be mad at you...ok, us!
Oh, yes there will be more butterflies added. Provided I don't get struck by lightening first! ;]