61 Pretty Butterfly Tattoo Designs and Placement Ideas

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Butterflies are very popular tattoo designs for women. This is for many reasons including their beauty and that they are symbols of transformation, love and femininity. If that wasn’t enough, butterfly tattoos look stunning on anyone and there are so many different colors and patterns that you can try. So, there is a butterfly tattoo to suit everyone. To give you some inspiration for your next tattoo, we have found 61 butterfly designs for women. Take a look! You will find butterfly tattoos with bright colors, floral patterns and more.

1. Delicate and Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

We would like to begin with this beautiful butterfly. The butterfly is tattooed on the ribs and features light and delicate lines with stunning pink shading. It is an amazing piece of body art and something like this will suit everyone. You can recreate with any color palette, but try to keep a similar design for an elegant and graceful butterfly.

Delicate and Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Source: @nastyafox

2. Butterfly with Rose Wings

When choosing a butterfly tattoo, you can go for something realistic or you can try something more unique. Here is a great example of a butterfly that uses a creative design. This one features a body and wings like a real butterfly but it has a floral pattern on the wings. There are roses, leaves and more. Try a stylish butterfly like this or create your own one of a kind design.

Butterfly Tattoo with Rose Wings

Source: @lucasmilk

3. Edgy Hand Tattoo Idea

Hand tattoos are edgy and trendy and we have an awesome butterfly design to show you. This butterfly has been tattooed on the back of the hand and features a gorgeous pattern on the wings. It looks likes a Swallowtail butterfly but you can choose any species. This is a bold design that is perfect for anyone who wants a statement making tattoo.

Edgy Hand Butterfly Tattoo Idea

Source: @renan.sampaio

4. Two Butterflies

Instead of one butterfly why not try two?! Here is a pretty tattoo that features two butterflies. Both have the same purple wings and one looks a little smaller than the other. A tattoo like this is great for someone who loves butterflies. Multiple butterflies can also represent other things like family members. Maybe have a butterfly for each member of your family or something meaningful like that.

Two Butterflies Tattoo Design

Source: @americandebbie

5. Beautiful Butterfly Arm Tattoo

Next, we have another butterfly with patterned wings. This one features large and elegant wings that are decorated with flowers and other botanical designs. It is a pretty tattoo that can be recreated or you can choose your own unique wings. A butterfly like this will suit everyone and can be tattooed on the arm like the image or you can try other places. A smaller version on the ankle or wrist would look amazing.

Beautiful Butterfly Arm Tattoo

Source: @lucasmilk

6. Floral Butterfly

Flowers and butterflies are both very popular tattoo designs. The next tattoo we have to show you combines the two! Here we have a butterfly where one wing is realistic and the other has a gorgeous floral design. We love this tattoo because the floral wing is unique and beautiful. You can use any flowers for the wing and you can even add some color too.

Floral Butterfly Tattoo Design

Source: @renan.sampaio

7. Butterfly and Moon

Our next tattoo idea features a butterfly and a moon. A butterfly can symbolize transformation and a moon can represent creativity and growth. So, not only do the two designs look amazing together, but they also have an empowering meaning too. A tattoo like this is perfect for someone who loves nature or wants a pretty piece of body art with a positive message.

Butterfly and Moon Tattoo Design

Source: @renan.sampaio

8. Cute Ankle Tattoo

Looking for a cute tattoo? Then this is for you! Here we have a butterfly ankle tattoo. It has a classic butterfly design and has been tattooed in black ink. As the butterfly is on the ankle, it can be covered up or shown off which makes it great for someone who wants a subtle tattoo. Try a tattoo like this or choose a butterfly with some bright color.

Cute Ankle Butterfly Tattoo

Source: @renan.sampaio

9. Artistic Watercolor Butterfly

If you are looking for a colorful butterfly tattoo, then you need to check out our next idea. Here we have a watercolor butterfly tattoo. It is half a butterfly like it is flying and features beautiful bright colors including red. The watercolor technique compliments this design perfectly and makes it look like an artist’s illustration. You can recreate a similar butterfly with any colors and you can choose a full butterfly design too.

Big and Artistic Watercolor Butterfly Tattoo

Source: @dopeindulgence

10. Butterfly Sternum Tattoo

Sternum tattoos have become so popular and we can see why, these tattoos look super stylish! The next design features a beautiful butterfly that has been tattooed on the sternum. It features a large butterfly, moon and flowers. This is a unique and trendy piece of body art that will look gorgeous on anyone. Try a similar design or choose a different butterfly design, any butterfly will be amazing.

Butterfly Sternum Tattoo

Source: @lisablacksails

11. Decorative Design

Next, we have a beautiful and decorative tattoo. This tattoo features a patterned butterfly with a jewelry design. It is such an ornate and unique tattoo and it will definitely make you stand out from the crowd. You can recreate this or try a different pattern, the design possibilities are endless. Make it even more unique by adding some color too.

Decorative Butterfly Tattoo Design

Source: @lisablacksails

12. Butterfly Upper Arm Tattoo

Upper arm tattoos look very trendy and here is a great example. This butterfly has been tattooed on the back of the upper arm. A tattoo like this is perfect for someone who loves the beauty and elegance of a butterfly, but they want a stylish edge too. You can recreate with any butterfly species.

Pretty Butterfly Upper Arm Tattoo

Source: @renan.sampaio

13. Quote and Butterfly

Make your butterfly tattoo unique to you by adding a quote. The beautiful tattoo below features a butterfly with a quote above. You can create tattoo with any quote and any butterfly. A design like this would be perfect for a memorial, to represent family and friends, or it is just a gorgeous way to wear your favorite quote.

Quote and Butterfly Tattoo Idea

Source: @renan.sampaio

14. Stylish Rib Tattoo

Next, we have a stunning rib tattoo to show you. This tattoo features a black ink butterfly. It is simpler than some of the others because it does not have an intricate wing pattern. So, a similar design would be great for someone who wants a subtler tattoo. You can choose any butterfly for your tattoo but be mindful that rib tattoos are said to be painful. It will be worth it!

Stylish Rib Butterfly Tattoo

Source: @renan.sampaio

15. Butterfly Wings and Flower

Our next tattoo is unusual and is perfect for anyone who wants a design different to the rest. Here we have butterfly wings with a flower in the center and it does not have a butterfly body. We love this design because it gives you the beauty of butterflies and flowers, but in a trendy and unique way. You can recreate this or try patterned wings. Any flower can be used and you can add color too.

Butterfly Wings and Flower Tattoo Design

Source: @tattoomink

16. Beautiful Blue Butterfly

Morpho butterflies are known for their beautiful blue color and this next tattoo has been inspired by this. This wrist tattoo features a small butterfly that looks like a Morpho butterfly and it has that vibrant blue color. It is a gorgeous tattoo and will look amazing on anyone. Recreate the wrist tattoo or you can try a similar butterfly elsewhere, the ankle would look gorgeous.

Beautiful Blue Butterfly Tattoo Design

Source: @arodinho

17. Butterfly with Unique Wings

Next, we have a very quirky butterfly design. Here we have a black ink butterfly with patterned wings. The wings are decorated with flowers, patterns and eyes. The eyes are very unique and create a one of a kind tattoo. Take inspiration from this and recreate something similar or create your own patterned wings. You can add anything you like, from flowers to geometric shapes.

Butterfly Design with Unique Wings

Source: @lucasmilk

18. Cute, Small Butterfly Tattoo

If you are looking for a cute tattoo, then this idea is for you. This is a small design that has been tattooed on the arm. It is a stylish piece of body art that has a classic butterfly design. You can have a butterfly like this tattooed anywhere. For a bolder tattoo, you can add some color too.

Cute, Small Butterfly Tattoo

Source: @renan.sampaio

19. Rose and Butterfly Tattoo

Our next tattoo is another one with a floral design. Here we have a beautiful butterfly with two roses, one on each wing. It is a gorgeous tattoo that is perfect for someone who wants a pretty and feminine piece of body art. Try a design like this or add in your favorite flowers instead of the roses.

Rose and Butterfly Tattoo 

Source: @renan.sampaio

20. Bold Butterfly Tattoo Idea

Butterflies are versatile and can be added to any other design. This butterfly has been tattooed with lots of different patterns. As you can see, the combination creates a bold and unique tattoo. You can put a butterfly with any other design from mandalas to botanical patterns. Experiment and create a tattoo that is one of a kind.

Bold Butterfly Tattoo Idea

Source: @renan.sampaio

21. Butterfly Back Tattoo

The next idea we have to show you is a butterfly back tattoo. This design features a delicate and simple black ink butterfly. It is a beautiful piece of body art that will suit anyone. You can recreate this or you choose any butterfly species and add some color too. Back tattoos are also great for those who need a tattoo that can be covered up when needed.

Simple Butterfly Back Tattoo

Source: @anna_bravo_

22. Pretty Pink Butterfly

Next, we have a pretty pink butterfly tattoo to show you. This butterfly is tattooed on the arm and it has a striking black and pink design on the wings. It is a bold and beautiful tattoo and it will suit everyone. Recreate this pink butterfly or you can try a different shade of pink. You can also try a different pink pattern on the wings too.

23. Matching Half Butterfly Design

Looking for a unique tattoo design or maybe you want a cool matching tattoo? If so, this next idea could be perfect for you. Here we have two people who have had half of a butterfly tattooed on their arm. This is such an awesome idea because the half butterfly looks stylish and when you are with the other person, the butterfly can become whole. These two have different butterflies but you could choose to have the same butterfly. This type of tattoo would be perfect for friends, family members or couples. You can just have the half design as an individual tattoo too.

Matching Half Butterfly Tattoo Design

Source: @_mfox

24. Large Back Tattoo with a Butterfly

If you want a bold piece of body art, then you need to see this next tattoo. Here we have a large back tattoo with a quote and a big blue butterfly on the shoulder. The butterfly looks stunning and it really makes a statement. You can recreate the butterfly with a quote of your choice or you can just choose to have the butterfly.

Large Back Tattoo with a Butterfly

Source: @abrahaoana

25. Butterfly with a Floral Wing

Our next idea features another butterfly with a floral wing. This tattoo is black ink and very detailed. One side of the butterfly looks realistic and the other features a beautiful floral design as a wing. It is a unique and stylish idea. Recreate this or you can use different flowers.

26. Watercolor Butterfly

The next butterfly design we have to show you is vibrant and elegant. It is a small butterfly tattoo and it has been colored in with the watercolor technique. We love the colors used as it just makes the tattoo look so pretty and bright. The watercolors capture the beauty of a real butterfly too. This is a cute tattoo that will suit anyone. It can be placed anywhere on the body too.

Watercolor Butterfly Tattoo

Source: @javiwolfink

27. Unique Butterfly Tattoo

A butterfly has unique patterns on it’s wings and these have often been compared to eyes. The eye pattern is thought to scare of predators in the wild. This next tattoo features a creative and artistic version of this design. Here we have a bright butterfly with closed human eyes instead of the classic eye pattern. There is also an eye above the butterfly which gives the tattoo a spiritual look. This is a cool tattoo and it is perfect for those who like unusual body art.

Unique Butterfly Tattoo

Source: @robcarvalhoart

28. Three Butterflies

You don’t have to choose just one butterfly, you can have as many as you like tattooed. Here we have a stylish tattoo design that features three butterflies. Each butterfly has a different pattern and they have been tattooed on the arm. It is a cool and statement making tattoo idea. Recreate this or you can try three different butterflies, you can also add color too.

Three Butterflies Tattoo Design

Source: @_mfox

29. Simple Butterfly Idea

If you are looking for a more simple and small tattoo, then you need to check out this design. Here we have a tiny black ink butterfly that is tattooed just above the wrist. It is a pretty and minimal design that will suit everyone. A butterfly like this would be perfect as a first tattoo.

Simple Butterfly Idea

Source: @tatchtoo

30. Artistic and Creative Butterfly

Next, we have a very creative tattoo idea to share with you. Here we have a beautiful butterfly where half of it has a more realistic design and the other half is more artistic, like an illustration. There is also watercolor added to the tattoo too. It is a cool and stylish tattoo and you can recreate this or choose different colors and butterfly wing patterns.

31. Bright Floral Butterfly Tattoo

Love the tattoos where the butterfly has a floral wing? If so, you need to check out this next design. This is a brighter and more colorful version. One side of the butterfly is more realistic and has an elegant grey, white and black color palette. The other wing on the butterfly features delicate and pretty flowers. This is a stunning butterfly tattoo that will suit everyone.

32. Unique Floral Butterfly

Next, we have a very unique tattoo idea. Here we have a flower stem but there is not a flower head at the top, there is a butterfly instead. It is a very unusual idea and it is perfect for those who like quirky tattoos. You can recreate this or you could add some color. A tattoo like this will best suited to the arm or leg.

Unique Floral Butterfly Tattoo

Source: @_mfox

33. Vibrant Butterfly Idea

One of the reasons why people love butterflies is because of their vibrant wings and patterns. If this is why you like them, then maybe you should consider a tattoo like this one. Here we have a stunning butterfly with black, blue and pink wings. It captures the beauty and brightness of a butterfly perfectly. Recreate this or you can choose different colors for the wings.

Vibrant Butterfly Design

Source: @andrejoz

34. Romantic Butterfly

The next tattoo we have to show you is so pretty and unique. This design features an elegant black ink butterfly. The wings have a delicate pattern with beautiful hearts too. It is an unusual and romantic butterfly design. A butterfly like this would be perfect for a couple’s tattoo.

35. Double Butterflies

If you want body art that stands out from the crowd, then this idea is perfect for you. Here we have two ankle tattoos with a butterfly design. Both butterflies are different which creates a bold and trendy look. You can recreate tattoos like these or you can try one tattoo. Either way, the butterflies will look cool.

36. Watercolor Floral Butterfly

Next, we have another stunning watercolor butterfly tattoo. One side of the butterfly is a beautiful blue color and the other side has a stunning flower design. A tattoo like this will suit everyone and a similar design could be recreated in any color and with any flowers. It is a pretty and delicate design that can be placed anywhere on the body.

Watercolor Floral Butterfly

Source: @javiwolfink

37. Pretty Butterfly Design

Back tattoos are a popular choice and with designs like this it is no surprise! Here we have a stunning butterfly back tattoo. It is beautifully patterned and it has delicate and stylish jewelry charms too. This is a very pretty tattoo. You could recreate something similar or choose your own patterns for the wings.

Pretty Butterfly Design

Source: @abrahaoana

38. Magical Butterfly

Our next tattoo idea features a magical butterfly. The butterfly is delicately tattooed and it has two sets of wings and they have different patterns. It is an unusual tattoo and it looks like something you would see in an enchanted forest. A tattoo like this can be placed anywhere and it will suit everyone. It would look amazing with a little color too.

Magical Butterfly Design

Source: @abrahaoana

39. Delicate Butterfly Arm Tattoo

Earlier in the post we shared a tattoo with three butterflies. If you liked that idea, then you should have a look at this next tattoo too. This design is larger and it is placed on the upper arm. It features three very delicate butterflies and each one is a different color. We love this pretty tattoo, you can recreate it or try the butterflies in different colors.

40. Bold Butterfly

Like tattoos with bold colors? If so, you need to check out this next idea. Here we have an unusual and stylish tattoo design. The actual butterfly itself is quite simple but the colors really jazz up the design. It is very colorful and it is perfect for anyone who is looking for a unique and vibrant tattoo.

Bold Butterfly Design

Source: @fabiobiofas

41. Bright Butterfly Design

Next, we have another bright butterfly tattoo design to show you. Here we have a vibrant butterfly and it is super cute and stylish. We love this one because the butterfly has shading underneath so it looks 3D and like it has landed onto the skin. This is a gorgeous design and it will suit anyone.

Bright Butterfly Design

Source: @andrejoz

42. Large Thigh Tattoo

Next, we have a large thigh tattoo to show you. The design features lots of beautiful black ink flowers with a butterfly in the center. It is a stunning and statement making piece of body art that is perfect for those looking for a larger tattoo. Recreate this or add some color, watercolor will look amazing.

Large Butterfly and Flowers Thigh Tattoo

Source: @anais_chabane

43. Beautiful Red Butterflies and Roses

If you are looking for a pretty and colorful tattoo, then this is for you. Here we have a small collar bone tattoo that features red roses and two red butterflies. We love this unusual design because the red is so striking and beautiful. Try a similar design or choose your favorite flower instead of the rose. You can also color match the butterfly to the flower. So, if it was a sunflower, the butterfly will be yellow.

Beautiful Red Butterflies and Roses

Source: @song.e_tattoo

44. Matching Butterfly Tattoos

Matching tattoos have become very popular. So, if you want to get a matching design with a friend or loved one, then this could be perfect. These tattoos have been put in the same place on the arm. The tattoos are the same and feature a butterfly with one floral wing. It is a stunning tattoo design and it will look great matching and individually.

Matching Butterfly Tattoos

Source: @renan.sampaio

45. Dainty and Pretty Design

The next tattoo is so pretty and dainty! This design is placed on the arm and features a blue rose, yellow flower and two butterflies. We love the colors and the tattoo technique. All the lines and colors are soft which creates an elegant and delicate tattoo. A design like this can be placed elsewhere such as the leg or back.

Dainty and Pretty Tattoo Design

Source: @wonhae_tattoo

46. Mystical Blue Butterfly

Give your tattoo a magical vibe with a design like this. Here we have a large blue butterfly which is decorated with stars, the sun and the moon. The color is gorgeous and the celestial designs give the butterfly a mystical vibe. This statement making piece can be tattooed anywhere. Try the blue version or try a different color. Purple would look amazing.

Mystical Blue Butterfly Tattoo Design

Source: @breathingrooms

47. Small Finger Tattoo

Maybe you are looking for a smaller tattoo? If so, this is for you. This tattoo features a small blue butterfly that has been tattooed on the finger. It is such a cute and pretty design idea. This is a tiny tattoo but it will make a statement because of where it is placed. Recreate the blue butterfly or you can try any colored butterfly on the finger.

Tiny Butterfly Finger Tattoo

Source: @pureum_tattoo

48. Patterned Butterfly Design

Next, we have a unique butterfly to show you. This larger design is placed on the back of the neck and features a black ink butterfly. We love this because the butterfly wings have beautiful patterns. The patterns are created with different shapes and line thicknesses. It is such an unusual and pretty design that will look amazing on everyone.

Patterned Butterfly Tattoo Design

Source: @madam_tattooer

49. Pretty Purple Butterfly

The next tattoo is so pretty and it is another one of our favorites. Here we have a delicate butterfly that is tattooed on the top of the arm near the shoulder. The butterfly has dainty wings that are a stunning purple shade. It is a gorgeous design and it can be placed anywhere on the body. We adore the color on this, it just looks amazing on those dainty butterfly wings.

Pretty Purple Butterfly Tattoo

Source: @danha_tattoo

50. Butterfly with Tribal Wings

Love the more unique butterflies? If so, you need to see this. This tattoo features a beautiful black ink butterfly that is on the arm. Instead of delicate patterns and colors, these butterfly wings are decorated with tribal patterns. It is a gorgeous idea and this type of pattern looks amazing as wings. Recreate this or try a different pattern on the wings.

51. Unique Rose Design with Butterfly Wings

We love this next tattoo! Here we have a large tattoo that features a stunning pink rose. The rose is just gorgeous and the pink shade is so vivid and bright. Not all the petals are pink though, some have a butterfly wing pattern! It is such a unique idea to have butterfly wings as some of the petals and it looks amazing. If you want a tattoo that makes you stand out from the crowd, then this is it.

52. Small Shoulder Tattoo

Next, we have a small shoulder tattoo. This one features two small butterflies. It is a cute and pretty design that will suit everyone. This is perfect as a first time tattoo or for someone who wants something more subtle. Recreate this or you can have one butterfly instead of two. For a bolder piece of body art, you can add a pop of color.

53. Butterfly with Roses

The next tattoo has another rose and butterfly theme. This design features a pretty black ink butterfly and one of the wings is made of two roses. It is such a beautiful and unique idea. You can recreate the rose look with any color rose. Or you can use any type of flower for this design. A butterfly like this can be placed anywhere.

Butterfly with Roses

Source: @castro_ink09

54. Stunning Rib Tattoo

Earlier in the post we shared a butterfly rib tattoo. If you loved that idea, then take a look at this one too. Here we have a delicate and pretty butterfly that is tattooed on the ribs. This one has no bright colors just black and it looks amazing. A tattoo like this will look great on everyone and it is timeless so it will never go out of style.

Stunning Butterfly Rib Tattoo

Source: @lucasmilk

55. Delicate Butterfly Body Art

We love this next tattoo. Here we have a dainty and delicate butterfly that has been tattooed on the arm. This butterfly is one of our favorites because a different style of wings has been used compared to what we usually see. The light purple color is also stunning and the overall tattoo just looks magical.

Delicate Butterfly Body Art

Source: @tattooist_ara

56. Two Small Butterflies

If you love the two butterfly designs ,then you need to see this one too. Here we have another version. So, this time we have two small butterflies on the lower arm. It is a cute and simple idea that will suit everyone. You can recreate the arm tattoo or put the butterflies elsewhere such as the ankle, leg or even the back.

57. Pretty Leg Tattoo Idea

Next, we have another pretty leg tattoo to show you. This one features a patterned butterfly that is tattooed just below the knee. It is an elegant and beautiful butterfly but the unique placement gives the tattoo an edge. This is a statement make piece of body art. Recreate this or you can add more butterflies going up the thigh.

Pretty Leg Tattoo Idea

Source: @anais_chabane

58. Trendy Butterfly Tattoo

The next tattoo is trendy and unique. This is a back tattoo with a classic butterfly. Behind the butterfly there is also a leafy design and a stylish shape too. The leaves and geometric design create a more quirky and unusual butterfly. Try a similar tattoo or add some color for a bolder look.

59. Unique Butterfly and Elephant Design

This next tattoo is another quirky one. The design features an elephant with a larger butterfly sitting on the back of it. We haven’t seen a tattoo like this before and it looks so unique. A tattoo like this is perfect for those who love animals. Recreate something similar or choose a different animal to pair with the butterfly.

Unique Butterfly and Elephant Design

Source: @lucasmilk

60. Butterfly Back of the Neck Tattoo

Next, we have another back of the neck tattoo. This one is classic butterfly and the wings have the beautiful patterns that butterflies are known for. It is a pretty and easy to wear tattoo. This is also great for those who want a tattoo that can be covered up or shown off when they choose. Try something similar or for a more statement making tattoo you can add color to the wings.

Butterfly Back of the Neck Tattoo

Source: @trinatatuaje

61. Statement Making Body Art

Looking for a statement making piece of body art? If so, this could be perfect! Here we have an upper arm tattoo that features lots of different butterflies and flowers. It is such a pretty and bold idea. You can recreate this or take the pattern all the way down the arm for a full sleeve look.

Statement Making Body Art

Source: @vane.tattoo_

We hope you have found a beautiful butterfly tattoo to try!