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Royalty Free Photos - Butterflies

Updated on October 1, 2014

Royalty Free Photographs of Butterflies

Although I am nowhere near being a professional photographer, I have been quite successful in taking photos of butterflies, and on this page I supply a number of them royalty free to anyone that wishes to use them for illustrative purposes on the internet.

I have decided to offer my butterfly photos for use royalty free because I have had much help from other photographers in the past, who donated photos for me to use on my websites (free photos) and now I am in a position to offer the same help to others.

This page provides royalty free photographs of butterflies for use on blogs, websites etc.

A Few Terms of Use To Be Aware Of Before Using The Photos

1. Every butterfly photograph on this lens was taken by myself and I give anyone permission to use them on websites, blogs, squidoo lenses, hubpages and any other online media.

2. Please do not reprint these butterfly photos on products/merchandise intended for sale.

3. Please do not use these butterfly photos for printed material without contacting me first. Just ask, I am almost certain to say yes, particularly for use by teachers and students.

4. Please do not offer these royalty free butterfly images for reuse elsewhere.

Thanks

Is There a Catch? No There Is Not, But Please Link Back To Me

Well, I wouldn't call it a catch, just a caveat really.

Anyone is free to use any of these butterfly photographs on their website, blog or Hubpages but please credit the photo to me and create a link back to me.

Please use one of the following pieces of code to credit and link to me:

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Nick Upton's Royalty Free Photos

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Royalty Free Photos - Butterfly Gallery 1 - Butterflies Of Thailand

I have spent most of my adult life living in Thailand, where butterflies are abundant, especially in the national parks all around the country.

This set of photographs was taken at Bueng Boraphet, in central Thailand, when I went, with a friend, on a bird watching trip. Unfortunately the trip was most memorable for some drunken idiot driving into my friend's car and wrecking it completely. However, we were not in the car at the time, so we were not hurt, and I managed to take some nice butterfly photos before the event.

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Common LeopardPlain TigerUnidentified Yellow ButterflyTawny CosterCommon LeopardTawny CosterPlain TigerPlain TigerCommon LeopardPlain Tiger
Common Leopard
Common Leopard
Plain Tiger
Plain Tiger
Unidentified Yellow Butterfly
Unidentified Yellow Butterfly
Tawny Coster
Tawny Coster
Common Leopard
Common Leopard
Tawny Coster
Tawny Coster
Plain Tiger
Plain Tiger
Plain Tiger
Plain Tiger
Common Leopard
Common Leopard
Plain Tiger
Plain Tiger

Do You Want To Take Butterfly Photos? - Attract Them To Your Garden

Attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds to Your Backyard: Watch Your Garden Come Alive With Beauty on the Wing (A Rodale Organic Gardening Book)
Attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds to Your Backyard: Watch Your Garden Come Alive With Beauty on the Wing (A Rodale Organic Gardening Book)

Butterfly lovers will learn all about how to make their gardens attractive to butterflies (and hummingbirds) with this informative book. When your garden is full of visiting butterflies you will be able to take lots of nice butterfly photos of your own.

 

Royalty Free Photos - Butterfly Gallery 2 - Butterflies Of Thailand

Northern Thailand is very beautiful, with tall mountains and beautiful scenery. Chiang Mai is the largest city in the north of the country and all of the following butterfly photos were taken in and around the city.

The amazing green butterfly shown here, Paris Peacock, was sitting in the car park of the temple on Doi Suthep from which fantastic views can be had and this stunning butterfly really surprised me with its intense colors. When you look at the photo the colors confuse the eye - this is not a failing of the photograph, that is actually the effect it has.

The other photographs here were taken in a park in Chiang Mai and the nearby Chiang Mai zoo.

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Paris PeacockCommon Five SpotBlack Vein SargeantUnidentified White ButterflyUnidentified White ButterflyPlain EarlBlack Vein SargeantPlain EarlPlain-tailed JudyParis Peacock
Paris Peacock
Paris Peacock
Common Five Spot
Common Five Spot
Black Vein Sargeant
Black Vein Sargeant
Unidentified White Butterfly
Unidentified White Butterfly
Unidentified White Butterfly
Unidentified White Butterfly
Plain Earl
Plain Earl
Black Vein Sargeant
Black Vein Sargeant
Plain Earl
Plain Earl
Plain-tailed Judy
Plain-tailed Judy
Paris Peacock
Paris Peacock

Royalty Free Photos - Butterfly Gallery 3 - Butterflies Of Thailand

I had not done very much photography of butterflies until a trip to Doi Ang Kang in northern Thailand. It had been raining a lot and after the rain several species of butterfly came out to dry off in the sunshine, giving me the opportunity to take their photo.

On another visit to Doi Ang Kang I was chasing after a Large Yeoman butterfly but every time I was about to take the photo, it flew away; very frustrating indeed. Eventually, though, it landed on my shoe and stayed there for a long time - you can see the photo here and other photographs of butterflies at Doi Ang Kang.

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Common JesterLarge YeomanGolden SapphireRed LacewingCommon Chestnut TigerWhite-banded Hedge BlueHill JezebelLilacine Bushbrown?Unidentified Brown ButterflyLilacine Bushbrown?
Common Jester
Common Jester
Large Yeoman
Large Yeoman
Golden Sapphire
Golden Sapphire
Red Lacewing
Red Lacewing
Common Chestnut Tiger
Common Chestnut Tiger
White-banded Hedge Blue
White-banded Hedge Blue
Hill Jezebel
Hill Jezebel
Lilacine Bushbrown?
Lilacine Bushbrown?
Unidentified Brown Butterfly
Unidentified Brown Butterfly
Lilacine Bushbrown?
Lilacine Bushbrown?
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ClipperDark Yellow Banded FlatFluffy TitHorsfield's BaronDark Purplish-brown SailorRed-spot DukeDark-branded BushbrownGrey PansyBlue BaronBlue Admiral
Clipper
Clipper
Dark Yellow Banded Flat
Dark Yellow Banded Flat
Fluffy Tit
Fluffy Tit
Horsfield's Baron
Horsfield's Baron
Dark Purplish-brown Sailor
Dark Purplish-brown Sailor
Red-spot Duke
Red-spot Duke
Dark-branded Bushbrown
Dark-branded Bushbrown
Grey Pansy
Grey Pansy
Blue Baron
Blue Baron
Blue Admiral
Blue Admiral

Butterflies Of North America Coloring Book

Dover Publications-Butterflies Coloring Book (Dover Nature Coloring Book)
Dover Publications-Butterflies Coloring Book (Dover Nature Coloring Book)

This butterfly coloring book has forty three highly detailed illustrations of North American butterflies to color. While you color these butterflies, the text will give you information on the coloration, geographical range and ecology of each species. This book consistently gains highly-rated customer reviews.

 

Royalty Free Photos - Butterfly Gallery 4 - Butterflies Of Thailand

I have found that one of the easiest ways to photograph butterflies is when they are feeding on rotting fruit. Perhaps they get sluggish from the natural alcohol that is produced as the fruit rots or maybe it is something else, but butterflies are much more approachable under these conditions.

On a visit to Krung Ching waterfall, in southern Thailand, I came across a fruiting tree that was dropping its small fruits onto a car park surface. The butterflies were feeding on this fallen fruit and I was able to get close to them. In the same area someone had hung out some old bananas to attract butterflies and this was also a great spot to wait and take pictures that you can see here.

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CommaGreen-veined WhiteOrange TipRed AdmiralHolly BlueLarge WhiteGatekeeperSmall TortoiseshellSmall HeathWall Brown
Comma
Comma
Green-veined White
Green-veined White
Orange Tip
Orange Tip
Red Admiral
Red Admiral
Holly Blue
Holly Blue
Large White
Large White
Gatekeeper
Gatekeeper
Small Tortoiseshell
Small Tortoiseshell
Small Heath
Small Heath
Wall Brown
Wall Brown

Royalty Free Photos - Butterfly Gallery 5 - Butterflies Of Britain

Although I spend much of my time in Thailand it is always nice to go back home to see family and friends, something that I do every year. When I am home I always go for walks in my favorite places and take photographs of butterflies when the opportunity arises.

These butterfly photos were all taken in three counties of England; Kent, Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire.

My Favorite Butterfly Photo That I Have Taken - What Do You Think?

This photo of a Green Dragontail was taken at Khao Yai national park, Thailand in November 2009. This is my favourite of the butterfly photos that I have taken.

You can grade this photo yourself below. Don't feel that you have to be polite, I know the limitations of my photography skills!

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Nikon Coolpix - A Great Range Of Compact Cameras For Everyday Use

I took all the photographs here with a simple, compact digital camera; the Nikon Coolpix 7600. I am not a very good photographer really but modern cameras are easy to use and give some satisfying results. The version of the Nikon Coolpix that I used for these photos is an older one that has been superseded by much better models, one of which is shown below.

I have upgraded to a Canon Powershot SX160 which I am happy with and takes really good photographs but I was recently with someone who was using the Nikon Coolpix P510, below, and it was incredible how much better it was. I am seriously considering buying one for myself even though I have only recently bought a new camera.


butterfly photos

Nikon COOLPIX P510 16.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 42x Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and GPS Record Location (Black) (OLD MODEL)
Nikon COOLPIX P510 16.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 42x Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and GPS Record Location (Black) (OLD MODEL)

The Nikon Coolpix range has been setting the standards for compact digital cameras for a long time now. The P510 is awesome for a small camera with 16 MP and a 42x optical zoom lens that takes great pictures on full zoom and macro.

 

Here Are Some More Royalty Free Butterfly Photos For You

StockFreeImages.com

Hundreds of butterfly photos to download and use for free, just create a back link in return.

FreeDigitalPhotos.net

56 high quality butterfly and moth photos for use royalty free.

GeekPhilosopher.com

17 more butterfly and moth photos for use royalty free.

ButterflyPhotos.org

Some high quality butterfly photos for royalty free use on websites.

Butterfly Conservation
Butterfly Conservation

Butterfly Conservation - Support The Protection Of Butterfly Habitats

If you are a UK based butterfly lover you should really think about joining butterfly conservation. This is a really fantastic charity which does a lot to conserve and re-establish butterfly populations throughout the United Kingdom. Not only does butterfly conservation own reserves, it works in partnership with other conservation bodies, the government and private landowners to ensure the success of butterfly colonies.

Butterfly conservation sends its members a very interesting magazine (I always read mine) which talks about success stories, where conservation measures are needed and gives details on various species.

This is a charity well worth supporting if you are a butterfly fan.

Check out the Butterfly Conservation Initiative if you are a North American butterfly enthusiast.

Butterfly Identification Guides - One For North America & One For Europe

Many butterflies are difficult to identify in the field and I have found photographing them and then referring to an identification guide later a good way of putting a name to what I see. The following are some useful butterfly identification guides.

Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Field Guides)
Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Field Guides)

This book is highly regarded and it allows beginners, in particular, to start putting a name to every one of the butterfly species found in North America. This photographic guide has excellent index section for quick reference but it does not have pictures of the butterflies' caterpillars.

 
Collins Butterfly Guide: The Most Complete Field Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Europe
Collins Butterfly Guide: The Most Complete Field Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Europe

For Europe this is the outstanding field guide to butterflies. All the plates are expertly illustrated and range maps and text are easy to use. This book is easily the best available for the region.

 

Thanks For Looking At My Butterfly Photos, I Hope You Enjoyed Them

Butterflies at a stream, Kaeng Krachan National Park
Butterflies at a stream, Kaeng Krachan National Park

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      kab 7 years ago from Upstate, NY

      You've got some very cool photos here. I just love orange butterflies!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing.

      I use a lot of royality free photos along with my own. As a photographer, I'm fair to poor so I need all the help I can get.

      Thanks again.

      Lizzy

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      A fabulous resource - Blessed by an Angel today (squidoo.com/october-blessings)

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      AppalachianCoun 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Your work is fantastic. Thank-you for the kind offer to use them on a lens.

      5 stars*****

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Beautiful work, what great pics. 5* and fave

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Beautiful...and I am using one of your for my newest lens. Of course I will credit your fine work and provide the link back. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us.

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      LensSeller 6 years ago

      Your passion and ability really stand out. Thanks for creating this beautiful lens.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      lovely photo collection. ~blessed~

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      sheilamarie78 5 years ago

      Beautiful butterfly photos! I wish I had seen this lens when I was making my butterfly-wonder lens. I'll lensroll this lens to it and maybe return to add a few more photos and link back.

      Thanks again for letting your photos be used. Isn't the internet a great sharing tool?

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      hotbrain 5 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      I'm on a Memorial Day Bus Trip and found your beautiful lens! Squid Angel blessed! Great pictures of butterflies!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      What a fabulous application of your talent. It is very generous of you to share these exquisite butterfly images. I love your photos and how you are using them in many creative ways. Very nicely done!

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      Awesome photos! You've got talent! Thanks for sharing.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      These Butterfly pictures are so beautiful, lovely captions of nature.

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      Maribel Forayo 3 years ago from Philippines

      Butterflies are pretty. I looked over these photos more than once. I haven't seen some of these, some visit my garden each morning.

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      Pamela8 2 years ago

      THANK you so much! I simply love butterflies, and I have been completely unable to take decent photos of any. I really enjoyed looking at your lovely photos. How very kind of you to share your wonderful photos with us, and for sharing information about your lovely country. I was in Thailand some 32 years ago, and was very impressed with the beauty everywhere! Best wishes with your photographic work!

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