ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Butterfly - Beautiful Monarchs and Butterflies for Art

Updated on June 25, 2019
Pamela99 profile image

All types of animals, birds & insecs are very interesting. Many are under attack, but many people like to learn everything about nature.

My picture
My picture | Source

Butterfly Structure

The beautiful butterfly is typically brightly colored, and it has become very popular in art in the United States. Butterflies are interesting, as well as, helpful for the environment.

Many butterflies pollinate flowers and some eat harmful insects, however, they feed primarily on the nectar of flowers. Butterflies sense the air for scents, nectar and wind with their antennae. A butterfly’s sense of taste is located on the tarsi (their feet), which work only on contact.

Vision is also well developed and most species are sensitive to the ultraviolet light spectrum. Many butterflies are migratory, such as the monarchs

"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly."

--Richard Bach

Monarch Butterfly

The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly, as milkweed is their main food source. Monarchs are probably the best known of all the butterflies in North America. Monarchs are the most iconic of butterflies; they famously migrate from the eastern United States to spend each winter clustered on a few mountaintops in Mexico, where sometimes millions gather. Some do spend the winters along the California coast as well.

Some biologists see a decline in the female Monarch over the last few years, which obviously is a problem for the overall population. Andy Davis of the University of Georgia, Athens, stated the female population has dropped 43%, which indicates a steady decline in the female population.

The Mexican forests have been subject to illegal logging, but the government is making progress in stopping this illegal activity as this is a protected area. The biologist also noted that the female population was less in their southward migration which means there are other causes of their demise.

Ernest Williams of Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, states they have data showing the decline has occurred over the past ten years. Besides the loss of the monarch’s of the winter habitat, climate change may cause more episodes of severe weather which would hamper the butterflies.

Open land for milkweed crops is declining, and researchers warn that genetically engineered crops are changing herbicide use, which has thinned the amount of milkweed. This could certainly have a major impact on the abundance of the monarch.

Butterfly Life Cycle


source wickimedia
source wickimedia | Source

How Monarks Reproduce

The chart above depicts the entire life cycle of the butterfly. Monarchs are tougher than they look as the flight from the east coast of the United States to Mexico is a 2,000-mile journey. However, this long migration to and from these fir forests in central Mexico spans the life of three to four generations which means no single butterfly makes the entire journey.

Typically the monarchs live from 2-6 weeks. The females lay one egg at a time but can lay up to 200 a day. They don't lay as many eggs if it a hot, dry summer. It is amazing how these unique creatures know how to reach these mountain tops year after year.

The forests of Mexico have the perfect climate as they are not cold enough for the butterfly to freeze but cold enough to keep their systems dormant until spring.

Monarch butterfly caterpillar having lunch- macro


source arkansasgnews
source arkansasgnews | Source

Monarch Butterfly Emerges

"But these are flowers that fly and all but sing:

And now from having ridden out desire

They lie closed over in the wind and cling

Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire."

-- Robert Frost

source poppedbubbledesign
source poppedbubbledesign | Source

Art with Butterflies

Butterflies have become a popular motif in interior decorating, crafting, tattoos, and other businesses such as jewelry. In interior decorating you often see printed photos or paintings. There are some organizations that use their income from the butterfly art to help work toward the protection of butterflies in the world where we see populations dwindle due to weather or man’s indifference.

It is very common to see butterflies used in the theme for weddings whether on the dresses, hair clips or decorations. Butterfly jewelry has become very popular also. Many people now have butterfly tattoos.

Wedding Cake

source wedding cake
source wedding cake | Source

Butterfly Tatoos

source | Source

Tori Amos live Sleeps with Butterflies

In Conclusion

Butterflies are fascinating creatures, and I plant flowers in my yard that will attract them in the summer. I can't think of many things in nature that you also find copied so frequently in the art field from paintings to pictures, jewelry and decorations for your hair or a wedding cake.

The Monarch butterfly is particularly beautiful, which makes it the most popular butterfly in North America.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Submit a Comment
  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Alex Rose, Butterflies have always fascinated me as they are so beautiful. I appreciate your comments.

  • Alex Jose profile image

    Alex Jose 

    9 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

    One of the most beautiful creation of god is the butterfly and this hub totally explains it in all...and i am so glad that i read it.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    tinamarie, I feel the same way and I appreciate your comments.

  • profile image


    10 years ago

    Hello Pamela, Ever since I was a young girl I always had a thing for butterflies. To be honest, I simply have a thing for all of God's creations. Very beautiful hub!!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Support Med, I agree. I appreciate your comments.

  • Support Med. profile image

    Support Med. 

    10 years ago from Michigan

    I can only hope the Monarch will remain safe. The art is beautiful for all: clothing, jewelry, etc. v/r

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Denise, When I found that wedding dress I knew I had to include it because I think it's just gorgeous also. Thank you so much for your comments.

  • Denise Handlon profile image

    Denise Handlon 

    10 years ago from North Carolina

    I love butterflies, as you know. Great hub and I was amazed at the lovely wedding dress with the butterflies on it. Cool. :)

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Stephanie, They are so beautiful and amazing. I appreciate your comments.

  • Stephanie Henkel profile image

    Stephanie Henkel 

    10 years ago from USA

    I love butterflies, and the monarch is one of my favorites. It is so amazing that they are able to make that journey from the U.S. to Mexico! One year we were lucky enough to have migrating monarchs rest in a field near our home—it was an incredible sight! Thanks for an interesting hub with lots of good content!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    toknowinfo. Thank you for your comments. I will check out your hub also.

  • toknowinfo profile image


    10 years ago

    This is great. I wrote a hub about butterflies a few months back. We both share a tribute to these beautiful creatures. Rated up and awesome.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hello, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. I appreciate your comments.

  • Hello, hello, profile image

    Hello, hello, 

    10 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you, Pamela, for such a beautiful topic. Super pictures.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Peggy, It is really great to see the Monarchs fly south. I plant flowers that attract butterflies also. Thanks for your comment.

  • Peggy W profile image

    Peggy Woods 

    10 years ago from Houston, Texas

    We see the Monarchs flying through here on their way to Mexico. We also have many other butterflies in our yard because of our plantings. Nice hub, Pamela. Useful and beautiful!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Sally, Thanks for your very nice comments. Much appreciated.

  • Truckstop Sally profile image

    Truckstop Sally 

    10 years ago

    I knew when I read the title, you would have lovely pictures to accompany a well-written hub. You did not disappoint on either. Thanks!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    katyzzz, Thanks so much for your comment.

    Movie Master, I'm sorry to hear butterflies are scarce in the UK. I appreciate your comment.

  • Movie Master profile image

    Movie Master 

    10 years ago from United Kingdom

    I love butterflies, they have a special hypnotic beauty, sadly we don't see so many different ones here in the UK anymore.

  • katyzzz profile image


    10 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    Pamela, great to catch up with you, yes butterflies are just about eveyone's favourite

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    POP, I'm glad you got to enjoy them. Thanks for the comment.

  • breakfastpop profile image


    10 years ago

    The Monarchs went right by my house on their journey and it was one of the most beautiful sights.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    drbj, I had not thought about that but it works for me! :-)) Thanks for your comments.

  • drbj profile image

    drbj and sherry 

    10 years ago from south Florida

    Fascinating hub, Pamela, voted up. I guess from now on when we say to someone, 'Your taste is in your feet,' that may be a compliment. We're calling that person a butterfly.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Frog Prince, I'll bet your ranch is beautiful. Thank you for your comments.

    Audry, I agree that Monarchs are the kings. I appreciate your comment.

    always exploring, I'm so glad you enjoyed the article and thank you for your comments.

  • always exploring profile image

    Ruby Jean Richert 

    10 years ago from Southern Illinois

    I too love butterflies..I'm amazed how beautiful they are. Your article is really good. I learned a lot. Thank you.

  • akirchner profile image

    Audrey Kirchner 

    10 years ago from Washington

    I love butterflies and we have a lot of them here which is awesome. Monarchs though are the "king of butterflies" and nothing like them. Great hub, Pamela!

  • The Frog Prince profile image

    The Frog Prince 

    10 years ago from Arlington, TX

    Nice Pamela. We have an abundance of butterflies of all types due to the extensive gardens and vines on trees and our fences. They are magnificent indeed. They seem to like our ranch and I don't mind at all.

    The Frog

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    JY, Thank you so much for your comments.

  • JY3502 profile image

    John Young 

    10 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

    Beautifully done Pam. I did a similar one months ago. But yours is very, very good.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Will, Exactly! Thanks.

  • WillStarr profile image


    10 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    Butterflies are futher evidence that there is a God.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Acer, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

    Enlaydia Listener, That is an excellent analogy. Thank you for your comments.

    Christopher, That sounds like an awesome sight. Thanks for your comment.

  • Christopher Price profile image

    Christopher Price 

    10 years ago from Vermont, USA

    Our property must be along one of the Monarchs' migratory flight paths, because last Fall, for a couple of weeks, we had an unusually large number of determined orange and black butterflies fluttering, drifting and gliding by...always headed South. And, I would greet them and encourage them and wish them a safe and pleasant journey, hoping their offspring would find their way back here to Vermont. They will be a welcome sight.


  • Enlydia Listener profile image

    Enlydia Listener 

    10 years ago from trailer in the country

    Butterflies are an awesome part of creation...they are like flowers that fly...I also think they make a beautiful motif.

  • Mentalist acer profile image

    Mentalist acer 

    10 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

    I see Monarchs as the travel through my area of SW Louisiana,they're awesome,Thanks Pamela.;)


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)