Natural World

The World's Most Beautiful Butterflies 

Joe Donley
Updated September 26, 2019 45k views 20 items

Ever since someone read you The Very Hungry Caterpillar as a youngster, you found yourself enraptured with beautiful butterflies. Nothing surprising there, considering how pretty butterflies rank among the most colorful animals in the world. Many species of butterflies are sexually dimorphic, meaning males and females of a particular species possess different physical traits, like coloring and patterns, to assist in attracting mates. As a result, humanity finds itself blessed with the visual of amazing butterfly wings.

Globally, several breeds of butterflies fall under the threatened or endangered umbrella, mostly due to humans capturing them because of their awe-inspiring beauty. So scroll through below to learn a little more about the most beautiful butterflies on earth, whose wings hold all sorts of captivating patterns and designs. After all, butterflies go through a lot to give you these beautiful wings.

The Blue Morpho Gets Its Name From The Greek Epithet For Aphrodite, "The Shapely One"
The Blue Morpho Gets Its... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The World's Most Beautiful Butterflies
Photo: Derkarts/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0
The Glasswing Butterfly Can Carry Nearly 40 Times Its Own Weight, Even More Than An Ant Can
Greta oto is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The World's Most Beautiful Butterflies
Photo:  NH52/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0
Spicebrush Swallowtails Are Among The Largest Butterflies In The World With Wingspans Of Up To Four Inches
Spicebrush Swallowtails ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The World's Most Beautiful Butterflies
Photo:  Barnes Dr Thomas G, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain