Butterfly Outline: Personalize Your Favorite

Butterfly outline.
Silhouette of a butterfly

Here are some simple butterfly outline patterns for your project. 

You can tailor them to meet your needs.

Fill in your own details or color them anyway you desire. 

If you are looking for a basic butterfly shape, these may be just what you need!

Butterfly Outline/Silhouette: In Flight

These butterflies look a little malformed, don't they?  Well, it's because they're based on photos of flying insects.

So if you want your creature in motion, these are for you.

Zebra Swallowtail

In flight zebra swallowtail butterfly.
Silhouette of a flying zebra swallowtail butterfly


In flight birdwing butterfly.
Silohuette of a flying birdwing butterfly

Outlines of Stationary Butterflies

If you prefer your subject to be more symmetrical, these images should work.

These guys were nice enough to stay still for their portraits.  So they look more normal than those above.

Zebra Swallowtail

Zebra swallowtail butterfly outline.
Zebra swallowtail silhouette

Mexican Butterfly: Unidentified

Unidentified mexican butterfly outline.
Mexican butterfly silhouette

European: Unidentified

Unidentified european butterfly outline.
Silohuette of a european butterfly.


Birdwing butterfly outline.
Birdwing silhouette.

Blue Morpho

Blue morpho butterfly outline.
Blue morpho silohuette.

If you want a detailed blue morpho, click here.  Then scroll down the page.

Butterfly on Flowers

Gulf butterfly on flowers outline.
Fritillary butterfly silhouette on flowering plant.

Here's a gulf fritillary outline and silhouette for you. 

How to Get Your Free Printable Coloring Page

Ready to color?    Left click on a coloring page and drag it to paint3d or similar.  Color then print .   OR...

Click on the black and white drawing. You'll need a pdf reader to open the coloring page.  Look for the printer icon on the right side(top) of the page. Click on the icon.

Don't have a pdf reader?  Get one free by clicking on the Adobe Acrobat link below.

Hope you'll find one or more of these outlines useful.  Feel free to use them for your project or share them with your friends.  I'll add more when I find some butterflies with different shapes!

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B. Wineland wrote this article, and used GPT-4, OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model, as a research assistant to develop source material. The author wrote the final draft in its entirety and takes ultimate responsibility for the content of this publication.

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