How to Draw an Orange Oakleaf Butterfly

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an Orange Oakleaf Butterfly in 11 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Orange Oakleaf Butterfly.

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How to Draw an Orange Oakleaf Butterfly - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start your butterfly by drawing the head. The head is tiny compared to the rest of the body and the wings, so leave a lot of room on your paper.

Step 2: Now draw the thorax, which is the upper part of the body. It is about twice the length of the head. Also draw two lines for the antennae.

Step 3: Now draw the abdomen, or the lower part of the body. Add some detail by drawing horizontal lines going across the abdomen.

Step 4: Next, draw the right wing. It has an upper half and a lower half.

Step 5: Draw the left wing. It is the same shape as the right wing, but pointed in the opposite direction.

Step 6: Draw details on the upper right wing. You can make many different shapes very close together.

Step 7: Finish the right wing's details.

Step 8: Draw several lines on the lower right wing to add some detail.

Step 9: Now start drawing the details of the upper left wing. Remember, these should look just like the details on the upper right wing!

Step 10: Finish the upper left wing's details.

Step 11: Last, draw the matching detail on the lower left wing. Pick your favorite bright and dark colors to color your butterfly!

Interesting Facts about the Orange Oakleaf Butterfly

The orange oakleaf butterfly is native to the tropic regions of Asia from India to Japan. When its wings are closed, the butterfly looks like a dried up leaf with its brown color and dark veins, hence why it is also commonly referred to as the dead leaf butterfly. The orange oakleaf butterfly is also called the Indian leaf butterfly.

Did You Know?

  • The scientific name for the orange oakleaf butterfly is Kallima inachus.
  • Orange oakleaf butterflies usually eat plants and rotting fruit.
  • In order to escape from predators, which are usually birds, orange oakleaf butterflies fly in an unpredictable pattern. This confuses the birds, thus helping the butterfly get away before getting caught.
  • Orange oakleaf butterflies fly through dense forests with ample rainfall.
  • The orange oakleaf butterfly is considered a rarity in China. In that country, they are held in captivity for research purposes.

When the wings of the orange oakleaf butterfly are closed, it easily camouflages with its surroundings. When the wings are open, they have a brilliant color. They are shades of blue or purple with orange. These colors also help the orange oakleaf butterfly blend in with leaves.