Butterflies - In the Colors of the Rainbow

Photo 1 - A Butterfly with Orange and Red on its wings.  This is the only butterfly in the hub that I am not sure what the name is.  I thought it was a Ruby Lacewing, but it is not.
Photo 1 - A Butterfly with Orange and Red on its wings. This is the only butterfly in the hub that I am not sure what the name is. I thought it was a Ruby Lacewing, but it is not. | Source

Tiger Leafwing Butterfly and Cairns Birdwing

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Photo 2 - Orange and black butterfly resting on a rock.Photo 3 - This one has nearly fluorescent coloring, and so many different colors.  I am amazed.  This one is called Cairns Birdwing, or Troides Priamus.
Photo 2 - Orange and black butterfly resting on a rock.
Photo 2 - Orange and black butterfly resting on a rock. | Source
Photo 3 - This one has nearly fluorescent coloring, and so many different colors.  I am amazed.  This one is called Cairns Birdwing, or Troides Priamus.
Photo 3 - This one has nearly fluorescent coloring, and so many different colors. I am amazed. This one is called Cairns Birdwing, or Troides Priamus. | Source

Thoas Swallowtail Butterfly - Papillo thoas

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Photo 4 | Source

Green Malachite Butterfly - Siproeta stelenes

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Photo 5 | Source

Green Banded Peacock Butterfly - Papilio palinurus

Photo 6 - I love all the butterflies I have photographed, but this one is one of my very favorites!  I just love the light coming through his wings, the color, etc.
Photo 6 - I love all the butterflies I have photographed, but this one is one of my very favorites! I just love the light coming through his wings, the color, etc. | Source

The Royal Blue Butterfly - Myscelia cyaniris

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Photo 7 | Source

Butterflies from Around the World and Colors of the Rainbow

A Rainbow of Colors in Butterflies

If you but look, you can see a beautiful array of colors around you every day, even in nature. Butterflies are no different, but not the first place I would normally look for a rainbow of colors. I love butterflies and they bring much joy to my life. Besides growing a garden for them, and viewing them whenever I can, I try to capture them with my camera. To be clear, I capture butterflies with my camera only! We live in a time where we can learn so much just from a photo that need not hurt a butterfly in any way. I am blessed to be in this time, so I can take their pictures.

My family knows it is one of my favorite things to do. Next to the ocean, I love butterflies and gardening with a passion. The beauty inherent within these things never ceases to amaze me.

This article is just a photo gallery of butterflies, where you can see the many different colors they can come in. This by no means scratches the surface! I start with red, like I first recall memorizing the colors of the rainbow. I try to include at least one butterfly from each category. You will see some reds, if you look closely, oranges, yellows, greens, blues and purples. Sometimes, you see a fluorescent version, or a light version of the colors.

My hope is that you enjoy seeing these little works of art, alive in nature. It's a lucky thing to view one these beauties in their short life span in this winged stage of their lives. Thank you for stopping by.

* If you care to see butterfly up close a bit more, click on the image and it may show up a bit larger. I will number them as well, and you can share your favorite. One is in a thumbnail, the one with the orange and yellow on the wings. If you click on that small image it will enlarge so you can it more clearly.

Butterflies

Photo 1 - This is the one butterfly in this hub that I am not sure of the name. I had thought it was a Ruby Lacewing, or Cethosia hypsea. That butterfly is from Asia, but this one looks different enough from the Ruby or Red Lacewing, that I am just not confident enough to state it as such.

Photo 2 - Tiger Leafwing, or Consul Fabius. These butterflies are from Central and South America.

Photo 3 - This amazing colored butterfly is a male Cairns Birdwing, or Troides Priamus. It is a newer butterfly to me, but I love it! The colors are amazing, and seem to be so bright as they reflect almost a fluorescence. It is amazing to see such bold color in nature, yet we do again. I love this butterfly and will update once I know more.

Photo 4 - Thoas Swallowtail, or Papilio thoas. This is mainly yellow and black, and a beautifully shaped butterfly. These can be found in Central and South America as well.

Photo 5 - Green Malachite butterfly, or Siproeta stelenes. This one also is found in Central or South America.

Photo 6 - The Royal Blue Butterfly, or Myscelia cyaniris. This beauty is also from Central or South America.

Photo 7 - The Blue Clipper Butterfly, or Parthenos sylvia blue and is from Asia. There is a brown version that has some brown or golden colors. Both are very pretty. I have seen the blue ones with purples and pinks in the colors on the wing as well. Either one looks like a sunset on the butterfly.

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Blue Clipper Butterfly - Parthenos sylvia blue

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Locations around the world where these butterflies are from.

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A markerCentral America -
Central America
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B markerSouth America -
South America
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C markerAsia -
Asia
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D markerPhilippines -
Philippines
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Dale Hyde 4 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

Always love photos of butterflies and you provide some truly excellent ones within this hub. Most informative descriptions as well. I love all colors of butterflies and feel a connection to them as they flutter around so peacefully on the air currents! Great hub! Voted up, useful and interesting.


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Dale, thank you so much. I am glad you like photos of butterflies as I do, and enjoy them in life as well. They are very inspirational and free and peaceful to me.

I appreciate your visit, votes, and comment very much. Have a nice evening.


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Georgina_writes 4 years ago from Dartmoor

Beautiful, informative hub on butterflies, and superb photos. It's always worth putting in the effort isn't it?Rating up.


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Georgina, thank you very much for your comment and rate and visit. It is much appreciated.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Your images are stunning! My favorite is the Green Banded Peacock Butterfly - Papilio palinurus photo 6. I've never seen a green butterfly before. I get lots here around a giant tree/bushy thing we call a butterfly bush but they're mostly monarchs


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Ardie, thank you! I am so glad you stopped by and commented. I think the banded peacock butterfly might be a favorite, but then its hard when I see a blue morpho, or something else that is also so beautiful.

I love the butterfly bush that attracts Monarchs! That is a great bush to have if nothing else, if you like butterflies. Thanks for helping provide food for these lovely creatures in your area!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Hi, I couldn't possibly pick a butterfly that I thought more beautiful than the other! Of all God's creations, the butterfly has to be the most beautiful, I think. Great Hub, great photos. I'll vote it UP, etc.


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hi Mary, that I feel too about picking a favorite butterfly sometimes! It is so hard. They are truly gorgeous creatures. Thank you for your visit, comment and vote. I hope you have a great weekend ahead.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I forgot to ask you if I may link this Hub into mine titled The Life Cycle of The Butterfly? Thanks, Mary


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Mary, you certainly may do link it to your hub on the life cycle of the butterfly! I would love it. :) I will do the same. Have a lovely weekend. Paula


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sallybea 3 years ago from Norfolk

Lovely Butterfly images - Delighted to discover another butterfly lover on Hubpages - thanks for sharing.


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Thank you, Sallybea! I also love to find another person here that loves butteflies! They are so interesting and beautiful. Thank you for the comment.


insectcollector6 2 years ago

The red one is a scarlet peacock (Anartia amathia) from south america


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Why thank you, Insect Collector! I appreciate that very much. I love the scarlet peacock butterfly, and have taken many pictures of it but wasn't sure the name before. Thanks, and glad you stopped by and commented.

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