5 Incredibly Beautiful Bugs
The Orchid Mantis hails from the amazingly biodiverse rainforests of Southeast Asia. It mimics orchids in the region, disguising itself as an orchid flower and preying on pollinators like butterflies and bees that frequent the orchids.
The milkweed beetle is named for its host plant, which it also shares with the famous monarch butterflies and a number of insects. The chemicals in the milkweed render it distasteful to predators, adorable though it may be.
Spun Glass Caterpillar
This looks more like something in an art exhibition than an animal, but rest assured that it is real, living, and more than ready to sting anything it touches. These caterpillars can be found in the East and Midwest USA.
Blue Morpho Butterfly
No list of insects would be complete without a mention of the beautiful Blue Morpho. Ironically, the gorgeous shiny blue color which gives the butterfly its name comes from the scales structure of the insect's wing, which isn't actually pigmented blue.
Madagascan Sunset Moth
Strangely enough, one of the most colorful lepidoptera species isn't a butterfly, but a moth. Again, the bright colors of the Madagascan Sunset Moth are a result of interference rather than pigment. Their aposematic coloring warns predators that they are toxic.