Butterflies are everywhere! Butterflies can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Scientists estimate that there are over 20,000 different species of butterflies, and they know there are still thousands of species that have not yet been discovered. The majority—nearly 70%--of butterflies can be found in the rainforest since there is lush vegetation and an ideal climate for butterflies to thrive. The Painted Lady, a large butterfly with eyespots on its wings, has the most far-reaching population. It can be found on all continents except Antarctica and South America. While butterflies seem to be all over the place, due to threats from predators, especially humans, the overall butterfly population has decreased in recent years.