How to Draw a Peacock Butterfly

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Peacock Butterfly in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

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 Peacock Butterfly.

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How to Draw a Peacock Butterfly - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let us start by drawing the narrow conical shape of the Peacock Butterfly’s body using gently curved lines. Draw the pointed head as shown in the image.

Step 2: Inside the outline of the head, draw two small curves for the eyes and fill it in. Draw the thick antennae on either side of the Peacock Butterfly’s head.

Step 3: Now, draw the fan shaped left wing of the Peacock Butterfly. Use a gently curved line for the sides of the wing and a wavy line for the edge of the wing.

Step 4: Draw the right wing of the Peacock Butterfly just like the previous one.

Step 5: Draw the markings on the butterfly’s body using small curves and dashes.

Step 6: Finally, draw the wing markings of the Peacock Butterfly using small slanting lines along the edges of the wings and on top of the wings. After you finish your drawing of the Peacock Butterfly, you can add colors to it.

Interesting Facts about the Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io):

The Peacock Butterfly is a medium to large-sized butterfly with beautiful red wings and large spots that look almost like eyes. The spots are in four places, at the tips and back parts of each wing. These large spots help the butterfly by scaring away predators.

Did you know?

  • Male Peacock Butterflies have a wingspan of 63 millimeters.
  • Females Peacock Butterflies have a wingspan of 69 millimeters.
  • The Peacock Butterfly is not considered a threatened or endangered species.
  • The common nettle is a Peacock Butterfly’s favorite food.
  • The distribution of Peacock Butterflies in the United Kingdom has actually increased by 17% since the 1970s!

The undersides of the Peacock Butterfly’s wings are a drab brown, and look like dead leaves. This helps the butterfly blend in with its surroundings. This way predators are not as likely to see them and eat them! The Peacock Butterfly is an amazing and beautiful insect.