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17 Ridiculously Cute Moths (Yes, Moths)

Emperor Gum Moth
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Generally speaking, we think of moths as the unsettling, night-flying creepster cousin of the butterfly. But *look* at this Emperor Gum Moth! It is at least as cute as a candid shot of a dog. At least. So we scrounged up some more pictures of moths cute enough that we probably wouldn’t scream if they made their way into our apartment and started flying into the overhead light.


1

Io Moth

 
 
 
Io Moth
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At night, the female extends a scent gland from her abdomen to attract male butterflies with pheromones. Hubba hubba.

2

Beautiful Wood Nymph

 
 
 
Beautiful Wood Nymph
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This one is supposed to look like bird poop. It's a disgusting (ly cute) camouflage technique.

3

Polyphemus Moth

 
 
 
Polyphemus Moth
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The polyphemus moth, like many moths, doesn't eat after it emerges from its cocoon. Incidentally, they also don't live too long.

4

Venezuelan Poodle Moth

 
 
 
Venezuelan Poodle Moth
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The Venezuelan poodle moth was only discovered in 2009.

5

Hummingbird Hawk-Moth

 
 
 
Hummingbird Hawk Moth
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The hummingbird hawk-moth (or hummingmoth), actually makes an audible humming sound, in addition to looking like a hummingbird.

6

Lygodium Spider Moth

 
 
 
Lygodium Spider Moth
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This moth lives in Thailand and looks like a spider to scare the business out of predators/us.

7

Glasswing Moth

 
 
 
Glasswing Moth
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Not only does the glasswing moth have a cool name, it is among some of the fastest flying insects in the world.

8

Elephant Hawk-Moth

 
 
 
Elephant Hawk Moth
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This moth shimmers when it moves. AAAH GLITTER MOTH!

9

Pandora Sphinx Moth

 
 
 
Pandora Sphinx Moth
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We like this one because it looks like a tiny bat. Or an armadillo.

10

Robin Moth

 
 
 
Robin Moth
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This is North America's largest native moth. And it's cuuuuuute! USA! USA!

11

Rosy Maple Moth

 
 
 
Rosy Maple Moth
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These guys love maple trees. No, seriously, it's kind of a problem.

12

Comet Moth

 
 
 
Comet Moth
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This big guy's cocoon has a hole in it, so it doesn't drown in the downpours of the rain forest in Madagascar.

13

Garden Tiger Moth

 
 
 
Garden Tiger Moth
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This one's body fluids are poisonous. D'awwww. But seriously, it's sparkly, guys.

14

Giant Leopard Moth

 
 
 
Leopard Moth
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Much like the leopard print suggests, this moth can occasionally be found in New Jersey.

15

Dark Marathyssa

 
 
 
Dark Marathyssa
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Okay, so this is pretty disturbing, but when the Dark Marathyssa opens its wings, it totally goes back to being an ordinary moth. No need to panic, folks.

16

Lobster Moth (caterpillar)

 
 
 
Lobster Moth Caterpillar
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Holy what? This must make the most amazing moth ever!

17

Actual Lobster Moth

 
 
 
Lobster Moth
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Nope. Nothing to see here, move along.

AND FINALLY...

Moth GIf
Because you can't look at a bunch of moths without a GIF of a caterpillar eating popcorn.

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