Entire Alphabet Found on the Wing Patterns of Butterflies


Norwegian nature photographer Kjell Bloch Sandved has devoted his photographic career to capturing the beauty of the world we live in and along the way, amassed a collection of butterfly and moth images with interesting patterns on their wings. Sanved’s keen eye took notice of the spectacular shapes the natural designs came in, recognizing their resemblance to letters of the alphabet. As a result, he formed the Butterfly Alphabet.

Featuring all twenty-six letters in the English alphabet, as well as the ten single-digit numbers (0 through 9), Sandved assembled a wonderfully colorful collection of readable butterfly and moth wings. Since compiling his discovery into an alphabet, Sandved has been offering customers the chance to not only purchase a poster of the full alphabet but to even request custom prints of words spelled out in the butterfly letters.

The photographer takes orders for custom butterfly words directly through his website.

Check it out:

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  1. Mary80

    April 26, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Nature is pretty amazing, it’s almost as though it’s trying to speak to me… in ALL CAPS

  2. JohnP

    April 26, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Wow, amazing :)

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