Most of us would think cute animals fall under the mammal or bird category. Bugs, on the other hand, are often viewed as disgusting and often end up being squished at the bottom of our shoes. Who says all insects are nasty? These critters are all natural works of art; maybe even the personnel at termite control will agree that these insects are adorable. Take a long at the following insects and be the judge on who is the cutest!
Pink Orchid Mantis
The pink orchid mantis can be found in the rainforests of Southeast Asia, including Malaysia and Indonesia. It has this ability to camouflage alongside orchid flowers because of its color and the fact that its hind legs resemble flower petals. This clever creature grabs hold of an orchid flower and sways from side to side. It lures smaller insects closer with the black dot on its abdomen that resembles a small fly. Once the insect is close, it strikes out with its forearms, seizing and eating its prey.
Rosy Maple Moth
The Rosy Maple Moth is native to North America. It has pink legs, antennae and forewings and a yellow body and hind wings. The female maple moth loves to feed on the leaves of maple trees and usually have a wingspan of 40-50 millimeters. The smaller male of the species does not eat once it has matured into a moth.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar
Like with other caterpillar species, the swallowtail caterpillar uses mimicry to prevent predators from eating it. This caterpillar can mimic bird droppings thanks to its color. With the two large black dots on its head and green coloring, birds can mistake this worm as a snake. Does this caterpillar look familiar to you? The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar is actually the real life version of the Pokemon Caterpie.
Venezuelan Poodle Moth
Recently discovered in 2009 by Dr. Arthur Anker, this moth was given the name ‘poodle moth’ because it is covered in wool similar to that of a sheep. It is a native to the Gran Sabana region of Venezuela, South America. With its long, brown antennae and large black eyes, this furry moth definitely looks cute AND creepy at the same time.
Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar
This caterpillar defines elegance to a whole new level with its velvety back and sweeping bristles. Thanks to its appearance, it looks more like a vintage feather boa than a larva. This critter is hands down adorable but it is recommended not to touch it. When disturbed, the caterpillar releases its spiky bristles, which sink into the skin and cause allergy reactions comparable to that of a poison ivy.
Oblong-winged katydids usually come in any shade of green but there is a rare pink variety. Scientists originally believed that the color variance is for the insect to adapt and camouflage during autumn. This theory was abandoned when pink katydids were found spring. The color variance is now known to be genetic and not a defense mechanism.
Here are some of the cutest and most colorful insects in the world. If ever you see them, get your camera and take a picture!