Next are the right wings. Draw a large triangle for the top wing, and a circle for the bottom wing.
Then draw the details of the upper left wing. These details should look the same as the first ones you drew.
Now begin drawing details on the lower right wing.These look like large shapes that are close together.
Finish the details on the lower right wing by drawing lots of small shapes around the edges.
Draw the same details on the lower left wing. This will complete the butterfly’s beautiful and elaborate wings.
For your last step, draw the butterfly’s antenna. Now you can think about coloring your drawing. Monarch butterflies are very bright and colorful, so use your imagination!
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.