25 Stunningly Beautiful Insects

Do you like insects? Yes, we know – you probably don’t. There are not many people who consider insects their favorite animals, and we can understand that. There are many nasty creatures within this class of invertebrates including some of the world’s most hated, feared, and repellent vermin such as cockroaches, mosquitoes, earwigs, termites etc. In fact, we recently dedicated an entire post to these poor creatures as we published a list with these 25 Most Hated Insects Ever Known To Man. Fortunately, not every insect species is so detestable and unpleasant to look at. Out of more than a million of described insect species, there are also many of those who are actually beautiful, interesting, and even cute, and this is exactly what our post today will be about. As you will see in this post with 25 of the world’s most beautiful insects, some insects can be surprisingly beautiful, and we all should thank Mother Nature for that. From incredibly colored and shaped grasshoppers, moths, butterflies, and bugs to the stunningly beautiful orchid mantis and the golden birdwing, we are glad to present you with these 25 Stunningly Beautiful Insects.


Glasswinged Butterfly

Glasswinged ButterflySource and image: en.wikipedia.org

Mainly found in Central and South America, the glasswinged butterfly is a brush-footed butterfly famous for its transparent wings that can be as long as 61 mm (2.4 in). The tissue between the veins of its wings looks like glass, as it lacks the colored scales found in other butterflies.


Hummingbird Moth

Hummingbird MothSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

Known for its remarkable coloration, the hummingbird moth is visually very similar to an actual hummingbird. The moth’s prolonged proboscis even mimics the bird’s beak. The hummingbird hawk-moth is distributed throughout the northern Old World from Portugal to Japan but is resident only in warmer climates.


Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch CaterpillarSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: pixabay.org

The monarch butterfly is one of the most familiar and beautiful butterflies in the world, but it actually might be even more stunning in its larva phase. The vividly colored caterpillar goes through five major, distinct stages of growth and after each one, it molts.


Japanese Jewel Beetle

Japanese Jewel BeetleSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: opencage.info

Known as “tamamushi” in Japanese, the Japanese jewel beetle is a large metallic wood-boring beetle native to Japan. It is typically found in woods or forests during summer under the strong sunshine and can grow between 30 – 41 mm (1.2–1.6 in) in length.

If you think this beetle is beautiful, wait until you see number 12!



SilkwormSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: Nikita via https://www.flickr.com/photos/malfet/14212005759

The silkworm is the larva or caterpillar of the domesticated silk moth. It is an economically important insect, being a primary producer of silk. Domestic silk moths are closely dependent on humans for reproduction, as a result of millennia of selective breeding.

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