With more than 1 million species, insects are the most diverse group of organism on earth. This domination of the insect is not only in the case of numbers. But also they comprise some of the most beautiful groups of creatures on the planet including butterflies, dragonflies, bees, beetles, and moths. Here the list of 10 most beautiful insects in the world.
10 Atlas Moth
Atlas moth is the largest species of moth in the world. A fully grown Atlas moth has a wingspan up to 12 inches and a surface area of 62 square inches. This large moth is also one of the most beautiful moths in the world. They have very attractive rusty-brown fore and hind wings with purple, red, yellow and black outlines.
Interestingly, the curved wingtips of Atlas moth with impressive markings and patterns resemble snakehead. They use it to defend the potential predators. Despite the largest species of moth in the world, Atlas moth doesn’t eat after hatching because these moths don’t have a mouth.
9 Glasswinged Butterfly
Glasswinged butterflies are named after their beautiful, transparent wings. It’s a rare feature among the family of butterflies. As you can imagine, rather than reflecting lights, the wings of these butterflies let the light to pass through. This exotic butterfly lives in gardens and warm or humid forests of Central America.
The wingspan of glass-winged butterflies can reach 5.5 to 6 cm. The transparent wings make these butterflies very difficult to spot. That’s exactly how they hide away from predators like birds. The borders of their wings have a dark brown color. That’s what helps us to see this incredibly beautiful insect.
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8 Blue Bottle Fly
Bluebottle fly is a house fly like looking attractive insect that found in most areas around the world. In fact, it is larger than a housefly. The shiny blue colored body is what makes them so attractive. They also have black marking on the body. Their eyes are red and have short, little antennas.
7 Praying Mantis
Praying mantis is named so because it has long front legs that can be held together in prayer position. There are about 1800 known species of praying mantises in the world. They live in tropical habitats around the world.
This cute insect has a long neck and a triangular shaped head with large eyes. The flexible joints in the head also let praying mantises to turn their 180 degrees. The green coloration helps them to blend with the surroundings easily. It’s the mechanism they use against potential predators.
6 Filbert Weevil
Filbert weevil is an attractive but harmful insect native to the Western part of North America. It’s considered as a pest as they can cause damage to oak trees. Both larvae and weevil feed on the acorn of the oak trees.
These small insects have an attractive long snout. But it is tough to spot them. Because these weevils are mottled brown. So they remain hidden on oak trees.
Ladybug is a beautiful, farmer-friendly insect that famed for its oval-shaped body with distinctive spots. They also are known as lady beetles and ladybird beetles. There are 5000 different types of ladybugs in the world. Even though ladybugs exist in various colors and patterns, an orange or red body with black spots is the most common.
The bright color of ladybugs is a warning to their predators. If threatened, these insects secrete a fluid from the joints in their legs which make them taste awful. Like said earlier, the ladybug is a family-friendly insect. Because it mainly feeds on plant-eating insects.
4 Christmas Beetle
Christmas beetle is a brilliantly colored beetle native to Australia. These beetles are named so because they are abundant in urban areas close to Christmas. There are around 35 species of Christmas beetles in Australia. It’s a large insect with a maximum length of 20 mm. Just like the name, these beetles are famous for their bright colors. Most species found in green, golden and brown colors.
3 Emerald Swallowtail
Native to forests of Southeast Asia, Emerald Swallowtail is one of the most beautiful and colorful butterflies in the world. They also are known as an emerald peacock or green banded peacock. As the name suggests, the wings of these butterflies have stunning emerald green bands with dark green to the black background.
The underside of emerald swallowtails is orange with blue-black spots. Their wing can reach up to 3.9 inches.
2 Orchid Bee
Orchid bees are one of the most colorful insects in the world. There are 200 different species of orchid bees in the world. They live in tropical and subtropical regions of South and Central America. This beautiful insect group can be seen in different colors including metallic blue, green, purple, gold and bronze colors.
There is a strong reason behind why orchid bees named so. They play a significant role in pollinating more than 700 species of orchids in the tropical region. Despite the small size, orchid bees are active fliers and go for long distances (up to 30 miles) in search of food.
Besides the brilliant colors, a long tongue is another highlighting feature of orchid bees. Their tongue can measure up to 1.6 inches in length. It aids in drinking nectar from deep flowers.
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1 Cecropia Moth Caterpillar
It’s doubtful to find any other insect as colorful and beautiful as cecropia moth caterpillar. With wingspan up to 6 inches, cecropia moth is the largest moth of North America. Even though it is pretty, it is not as impressive as a caterpillar. These larvae mostly found on maple trees.
Upon hatching, cecropia moth caterpillars have a black color. During the growth stage, you can see small projections on their body with tiny black hairs. These small projections on their body have attractive colors including green, blue, yellow and orange. A fully grown cecropia moth caterpillar can reach up to 4.5 inches in size.