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How to Describe a Butterfly in Creative Writing

Butterflies are known for their beauty and their fleeting nature. Despite these lovely qualities, it can be difficult to capture the essence of a butterfly in words; especially when you’re not gifted with a thesaurus or the ability to use poetic language!

As a creative writing student, you no doubt have had the experience of struggling to find the right words to adequately describe a scene, an idea, or a feeling. This is made doubly hard when trying to do so in a way that is original and insightful, but also makes sense to a reader who is not already familiar with the intricacies of the English language!

In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to describe a butterfly in creative writing in a way that will leave a lasting impression on your audience. We’ll cover the following topics:

The Best Ways to Describe a Butterfly

Although it may be hard to put into words the beauty and grace of a butterfly, you can use a variety of techniques to effectively paint a picture of one in your writing. Below, we’ve listed some of the best ways to describe a butterfly in creative writing. Take a look and see which ones you might find useful in your own writing.

Scientific Naming

Using the scientific naming method is a great way to describe a butterfly. This approach will allow you to use Latin or Greek words to name your butterfly, which can in turn help your readers understand your descriptions much more easily. When naming a butterfly after a person, place, or thing, the reader will have an easier time associating your descriptions with actual beings, places, or events. For example, you could name your butterfly after Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States. If your butterfly’s name is ‘Sander’s Snack Cake’ you can refer to it as ‘T.R. Sander’s Snack Cake’ or ‘Theodore Roosevelt’s Sander’s Snack Cake’ to make it simple. Using the scientific naming method is a great way to add an extra layer of specificity to your descriptive words, which in turn will give your writing an extra kick of interest.

Use Comparisons To Effectively Describe A Butterfly

Butterflies are known for their beauty and their fleeting nature, but also for their strength and their ability to fly very, very quickly. This is why it can be hard to put into words the experience of seeing one in person for the first time. You can effectively use comparisons to make your point without using a metaphor, which makes comparisons a useful tool for creative writing students.

When comparing a butterfly to something else, it is essential that you do so in a meaningful and creative way. You can use comparisons to show the strength or weakness of an idea, an item, or a person. When done well, comparisons can be a powerful tool for getting your point across. You should always do your research before using comparisons, however, as it can sometimes be difficult to compare something with which you are unfamiliar.


Butterflies are known for their beautiful patterns, which change as they fly. This is referred to as ‘morphology’. The fact that the patterns on butterflies often change as they fly makes it much easier to describe them, particularly when you are doing so in poetic language. You can use this characteristic to your advantage when comparing a butterfly to another item or concept. You should, however, be careful not to overuse this technique, as it can sometimes make your writing sound overly complex. When done right, morphology can be a useful tool for adding artistic flair to your writing. You should look to other techniques to help you describe a butterfly effectively before resorting to morphology.


Butterflies are often associated with the color orange, with some species even being available exclusively in that hue. If you’re describing a butterfly in vivid detail, it can be helpful to use the word ‘orange’ to represent that vivid color. When a writer uses the word ‘orange’, it can evoke an image in the reader’s mind of a beautiful, vibrant butterfly.

It is known that female butterflies are the ones that select the partners they will mate with based on their color. If you see a male butterfly with a female of the same species, it is likely that the two have found each other based on their shared color. You can use this fact to bring color theory into your writing and effectively paint a picture of a specific color on a butterfly.


Like many other animals, butterflies come in different sizes. If you need a little more than a line or two to describe a butterfly’s size, you can use the words ‘very’ and ‘extremely’ to indicate how large or small it is. If you want to be more specific, you can tell how long the butterfly’s body is and how many ‘chicks’ (insects’ eggs) it has on its back. The number of ‘chicks’ is sometimes used to indicate the gender of a species, with each female being able to lay up to 300 eggs per year. You can use this fact to add a sense of scale to your writing and effectively tell how big or small an object is compared to something else.


Butterflies are known for their strength and their ability to fly very quickly. If you want to effectively describe a butterfly’s flight, you should make sure to use the right words to do so. In general, the faster a thing is moving, the harder it is to keep track of. This is why it is often difficult to keep track of a bird in flight. You can use this fact to your advantage when trying to creatively describe a butterfly’s flight, as you’ll have plenty of material to work with. If you want to be extra specific, you can compare the flight of a bird to that of an airplane, as the former is much easier to track. You should look to other techniques to help you effectively describe a butterfly’s flight before resorting to metaphors or comparisons.


Butterflies’ brains are smaller than those of most mammals, but they are still considered to be the smartest of all insects. This is due in part to the fact that they are able to learn and remember things immediately after observing them or hearing about them. If you need to impress your audience with your intellectual prowess, you can make a comparison between a butterfly’s intelligence and that of a human being. In general, humans are considered to be the smartest of all animals. You can use this fact to help you add a touch of the scientific method into your creative writing and paint a vivid picture of what it is like to be a genius!

The Life Cycle Of A Butterfly

Butterflies follow a very specific, and very brief life cycle. After being eggert, a butterfly will hatch into a caterpillar which in turn will transform into a pupa. After undergoing complete metamorphosis, the butterfly will emerge as a new creature. This is why the life cycle of a butterfly is so brief!

Depending on how patient you are, you can decide to watch the life cycle of a butterfly unfold over the course of several days, or you can rush to capture one as soon as it hatches. If you want to write about the life cycle of a butterfly in detail, you should use the words ‘egg’, ‘caterpillar’, and ‘pupa’ to describe the different stages. When writing about a butterfly’s life cycle, be sure to add that it is a very short one, as you cannot predict what the end product will be like!

Habitats Of Butterflies

Butterflies are found almost everywhere, as long as there is food and drink available for them. If you want to effectively describe the habitat of a butterfly, you should use the words ‘tree’, ‘grove’, and ‘woodland’ to represent its natural setting. If you see a butterfly near a house, it is likely that there is food available for it inside, which might explain why it is so abundant near human habitation. You can use this fact to your advantage when describing the habitat of a butterfly near or in a city. In the wild, butterflies are likely to feed on fruits and nectar from plants, but people usually give them sugar-water, so you can imagine how easy it is for them to get sick from poisoning!