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Nature is abundantly blessed with beauty. Here are some butterflies with some amazingly intricate, yet beautiful designs on them.
A decorated blue morpho butterfly (Morpho sp.) rests on a leaf. The blue morpho's entire life cycle lasts just 115 days.
The peacock pansy butterfly (Junionia almana) sports striking eyespots and purple patterns.
The pipevine swallowtail butterfly (Battus philenor) has white-and-orange dots on the underside of its hind wing.
Australia’s largest butterfly, the birdwing (Ornithoptera priamus) blends into a green leaf. Female birdwings can have a wingspan of nearly 8 inches (20 centimeters).
Colorful gerbera daisies highlight the rich coloration of a spicebush swallowtail butterfly (Papilio troilus).
The petals of a white flower set off the white stripes of this zebra-winged butterfly at a children’s zoo in Lincoln, Nebraska.
A neglected eighty-eight butterfly (Diaethria neglecta) in Brazil’s Pantanal displays the design of lines and dots that gave it its unusual common name.
The Kamehameha butterfly (Vanessa tameamea) is one of only two indigenous butterfly species in Hawaii. Above is a close-up of a Kamehameha wing from an Oahu museum.