Butterfly & Moth Wing Pattern Designs

Butterfly and moth wings are covered with many individually colored scales that make up the pattern designs and coloration characteristics for each species. Browse butterfly wing posters inspired by six spectacular butterfly genera.

Genus Danaus Monarch Butterfly Wing Posters

This very familiar Danaus plexippus species is also known as the Monarch Butterfly. Notice the striking venous stripes represented by a darkened region on either side of each wing vein. This bold pattern is the model for other species to mimic as predators are well aware of the distasteful glycosides this species stored up from…

Genus Lycaena Copper Butterfly Wing Posters

Members of the beautiful genus, Lycaena, belong to the group of butterflies known as Coppers. Although many of them are generally copper-like in color, some species exhibit convergent evolution towards the related Blue Lycaenid butterflies. This genus exhibits seasonal polyphenism where short day (Spring) forms have different patternation from their long-day Summer forms. Another interesting…

Genus Speyeria Fritillary Butterfly Wing Posters

The genus Speyeria belong to a group of butterflies known as Fritillaries. Some species exhibit sexual dimorphism where female and male adults have strikingly different coloration. The patterns in this poster are from the dorsal (upper) wing surfaces and illustrate how a pattern element is repeated but varied from wing cell to wing cell. If…

Genus Caligo Owl Butterfly Wing Posters

The Caligo genus are tropical butterflies belonging to the Brassolidae Family. They possess huge eyespots on their ventral hindwings and often have iridescent forewings. The eyespots startle or disorient predators while the ripple pattern helps to break up the edge of the wing as the butterfly rests. Notably, this ripple pattern is applied in a…

Genus Colias Sulphur Butterfly Wing Posters

The Colias genus utilizes waste products to generate the yellow and orange coloration characteristic of this group. Males and females of the California Dogface butterfly look rather different with the male dorsal forewing design resemble the profile of a poodle and reflecting light in the ultra violet range. Coilas eurytheme has a melanized (more black…

Genus Cynthia Painted Lady Butterfly Wing Posters

Represented by three Cynthia species in this poster, you see the American Painted Lady, the Painted Lady and the West Coast Lady. Cynthia species are quite varied and clearly demonstrate the norm towards ornately detailed ventral wing surfaces versus the simpler and bolder designs (not shown) of the upper dorsal wing surfaces. Many adaptational and…