How to Draw a Monarch Butterfly

In this quick tutorial you’ll learn how to draw a monarch butterfly in just a few quick steps, but first…

Interesting Facts about Monarch Butterflies

Monarch butterflies are large butterflies with wings that are orange with black veins and white dots. They inhabit some of the Pacific Islands, Western Europe, India, and North, Central, and South America. Monarch butterflies are also called milkweed butterflies because their only source of food is the milkweed plant.

Did you know?

  • Female monarch butterflies have thicker veins on their wings than males.
  • Up to a billion monarch butterflies migrate in the winter from Canada and the northern United States, to Southern California or Mexico. This trip can be as far as 2,000 miles.
  • After mating, male monarch butterflies die.
  • Like other butterflies, monarchs undergo a process called metamorphosis. When they are born, they form into caterpillars, and then they change into butterflies.
  • The average wingspan of monarch butterflies is about 4 to 5 inches.

The bright orange color of the monarch butterfly is a warning to predators that they are poisonous. Milkweed is the source of their toxins. Any predator that eats a monarch butterfly will get sick, and it learns its lesson not to eat another one again! The viceroy butterfly is a species that has evolved into looking like the monarch butterfly, to ward predators away.

How to Draw a Monarch Butterfly – Step-by-Step Tutorial