10 Types of Rare and Unusual Butterflies

10 Types of Rare and Unusual Butterflies


The Zebra Swallowtail

Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly

This strange and unusual butterfly has distinctive black and white zebra-like stripes, while the insect itself has bright, beautiful red, white, and black markings, and is almost silky in appearance. If you live along the American East Coast, you have a chance of spotting one come Spring!


The Queen Alexandra Birdwing 

Queen Alexandra Birdwing Butterfly

This butterfly is unique to the northern part of Papua New Guinea. With a 30 cm wingspan, they are considered to be the world’s largest known species of butterfly. Their beautiful wings are usually a variety of shades of green and blue, with a contrasting bright yellow body.


The 88 Butterfly

88 Butterfly

These unique striped butterflies can only be found in Brazil. They are light blue in color with red and black markings and are known for a distinct “88” shape in the center of each wing and their long, pronounced antennae.


The Glasswing

Glasswing Butterfly

Unique to Central America and Mexico, the Glasswing has crystal-clear wings surrounded by an orange and white border, earning it its name. These butterflies are usually on the smaller side and can be extremely difficult to find in the wild due to their camouflaging capabilities. 


The Summer Azure

Summer Azure Butterfly

This beautiful, demure butterfly is unique in its light blue-white color and delicate-looking, lace-like wings. They are found in the most Eastern parts of North America, generally in drier climates.


The Tiger Swallowtail

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

These butterflies look somewhat like the common Monarch types but are distinct in their tiger-like color and stripes and their bright blue hindwing borders. They are generally found in North America and Canada.


The Montezuma’s Cattleheart

Montezuma’s Cattleheart Butterfly

This imposing, spooky butterfly is native to the American continent, particularly the warm, dry forests of Mexico and Costa Rica. They usually have dark, blue-black wings with arrow-like markings in red or orange on their hindwings. They are very hard to spot due to their dark coloration.


The Map Butterfly

Map Butterfly

Known and named for their extremely intricate, map-like wing patterns, these butterflies can be found only in Europe, and are quite rare in the wild. They are most commonly found in Germany and Estonia. 


The Red Admiral

Red Admiral Butterfly

Known for their bright, fiery orange wings contrasted with black and white patterns of spots and stripes, these migratory butterflies are found in the temperate regions of Asia, Europe, and North America. They are known for being extremely fast fliers and are difficult to catch.


The Blue Morpho


    Blue Morpho Butterfly

    These beautiful butterflies have the complementary colors of blue and orange on their wings, framed by a brown border with white spots. They are tropical butterflies and are generally found in the rainforests of Brazil and Venezuela.