Usually when we talk about bugs or insects, we imagine something repulsive and gross, and even scary. Probably more than one of you even has a phobia and can’t stand those little critters. But it might surprise you that there are some bugs that have such interesting forms and colors that you entirely forget they are related to the cockroach living under your sink in your student dormitory.

Knowing that, Bored Panda searched high and low, roaming the internet to find the most impressive bugs that resemble works of art because of their bright colors, intricate patterns or unusual forms. And what is best of all, you can safely observe their beauty from the comfort and safety of your own home, so enjoy!

#1

Steel Blue Ladybug

Steel Blue Ladybug

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Bacony Cakes
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1 month ago

Aphid detected. Deploying machine guns.

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When talking about bugs, we should probably start with defining what they are. To help us do that, Bored Panda contacted a couple of entomologists. They are people who study insects. One of them is Cole Gilbert, who is a professor at Cornell University and his fields of interest include insect behavior and insect physiology. And we also got in touch with Claudia Husseneder, who is a professor at Louisiana State University who specializes in population genetics and molecular biology of insects and symbionts. 

Both scientists admit that this is a tricky question as the word ‘bug’ can refer to a number of things, like a computer bug or something that is ‘bugging them.’ Entomologists consider true bugs to be about 110,000 of the million different kinds of insects.

#2

Saw This Little Guy At The Shooting Range Today

Saw This Little Guy At The Shooting Range Today

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Pezor Zass
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1 month ago

Rosy maple moth!

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#3

Made A New Friend

Made A New Friend

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Pascale Pierloot
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1 month ago

Hi, little one.

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Professor Cole Gilbert explains what differentiates bugs from other types of insects: “They have the wings crossed over the back in an X pattern, rather than with a straight line down the middle of the back like beetles have. And they do not have chewing jaws, they have a tube for mouthparts. It is stiff, not curly like that of a butterfly or moth. They stab their food with the tube and inject salivary enzymes to digest the food, whether it is a plant or animal, and then suck the juicy insides out.”

#4

Not All Bees Are Yellow And Brown, This Is A Northern Blue Banded Bee

Not All Bees Are Yellow And Brown, This Is A Northern Blue Banded Bee

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Vicky Z
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1 month ago

First time I see a different colour

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#5

The Orchid Mantis

The Orchid Mantis

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J Rob
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1 month ago

Wiki_"Hymenopus coronatus is a mantis from the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. It is known by various common names including walking flower mantis and orchid mantis."

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#6

The Pattern On This Moth, Looks Like A Snowman

The Pattern On This Moth, Looks Like A Snowman

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R Carson
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1 month ago

Or a clown.

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Bored Panda was curious to know if all the million insects are important to keep the ecosystem going and even such creatures as cockroaches are really necessary to earth. And the scientists are have no doubts about that, because all beings have such intricate interactions between each other that “the loss of some could drastically change the environment,” as Professor Gilbert puts it.

Professor Husseneder explains in more detail: “Ecosystems consist of complex interwoven food webs and insects are part of the foundation/basis of the food pyramid. From the human perspective, cockroaches are pests, but they are the biomass cleaning and recycling crew of the planet, removing decaying plants and animal waste. And they make a tasty protein snack for animals.”

#7

Altas Moth

Altas Moth

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Rose Yellow Mint
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1 month ago

Wow! The corners of its wings looks like an eagle

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#8

Really Cool Grasshopper

Really Cool Grasshopper

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Pascale Pierloot
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1 month ago

Looks like a transformer.

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#9

Look At Them Eyes

Look At Them Eyes

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Otter
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1 month ago

It looks like it's trying to beat the Orchid Mantis on "Drag Race".

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Of course, some species go extinct and if the process is slow, ecosystems will adapt, but if they are drastic, “it can disrupt the balance and, in extreme cases, lead to a cascade failure.” Professor Claudia Husseneder gives a metaphor to help you imagine it easier: “Imagine a net. You can cut a few strands and it still holds its shape and your weight, because other strands can compensate. If you cut too many strands, other connections will snap, and when the point of no return is reached, the whole thing collapses.”

#10

The Amazing Picasso Bug

The Amazing Picasso Bug

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Thorfin Wolfsbane
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1 month ago

couldn't be Picasso, there's symmetry

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#11

A Bumblebees Bum And Lil' Legs Hanging Out Of A Flower

A Bumblebees Bum And Lil' Legs Hanging Out Of A Flower

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Josy Bannon
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1 month ago

Thats soo cute!

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#12

This Moth My Neighbor's Dog Found

This Moth My Neighbor's Dog Found

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Grave Rxses
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1 month ago

LOOK AT THE GOOD BOI

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So there are bugs like cockroaches that we hate to see and they gross people out, but they actually have a place in the ecosystem, whether we like it or not. But in this list, we found the most impressive bugs that look so colorful and unusual. 

Entomologists have several explanations why some of them are less boring than others. Both professors agree that one of the reasons is to attract mates and the other is to intimidate the enemy. Cole Gilbert adds that bright colors often indicate “that the insect is dangerous in some way, especially poisonous. Even their toxin does not kill a predator that tries to eat one, the bold colors are more memorable and the predator will likely not try for seconds.” Claudia Husseneder adds that “Harmless insects mimic warning colors to 'pretend' that they are not good eats or they make themselves invisible by using camouflage.”

#13

Mecynorrhina Torquata, One Of The Largest Flower Beetles In The World

Mecynorrhina Torquata, One Of The Largest Flower Beetles In The World

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Draco's Dragonfly
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1 month ago

This guy is so marvelous he could easily have been the sole inspiration for Art Nouveau!

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#14

Eww! Bugs Can’t Be Adorab... Never Mind

Eww! Bugs Can’t Be Adorab... Never Mind

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

I love this fuzzy little bee.

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#15

Ladybug In Morning Dew

Ladybug In Morning Dew

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Woltax
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1 month ago

Berry bug😁

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It was really fun to chat with these specialists and get answers to our questions, but what are the questions that these scientists ask themselves? What do they want to know the answers to? Well, both entomologists started with saying that if you ask different people, they will have different interests. Professor Husseneder thinks that the “greatest challenge of the future is the loss of insect abundance and the extinction of species that we didn’t even know were there.”

She thinks it is very important to collect data and determine what impact to the world even the tiniest creatures have, “to assess impact of challenges and devise solutions to make sure we can live in balance with the good, the bad and the colorful.”

#16

Dalmatian Moth

Dalmatian Moth

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Deja Katz
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1 month ago

Clearly should’ve been named the Cruella de Vil Moth, it even has tiny black “gloves”.

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#17

This Buff-Tip Moth Disguised As Birch Wood

This Buff-Tip Moth Disguised As Birch Wood

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R Carson
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1 month ago

Great disguise.

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#18

Lady Bug Made A Trail In The Morning Dew On My Car

Lady Bug Made A Trail In The Morning Dew On My Car

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mcborge1
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1 month ago

If you put a microphone really close you can hear it singing "show me the way to go home". :D

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Cole Gilbert also has his list of what he would like to know more about. Like “Is there really a decline in insect numbers worldwide, and if so, what is the cause?” Is it the pollinators? He suspects that they do have a part in that, but not all insects.

Another thing to think about is “Where did insect wings come from? All the other groups of creatures that fly, i.e., birds, bats, and extinct flying reptiles, lost the ability of their front legs for walking, but evolved them into wings. Insects did not lose the function of any of their 6 legs to get the two pairs of wings they have.”

What confuses entomologists is also “Why are there no insects in the ocean? Insects dominate the land and are abundant in freshwater, but not marine systems. Crustaceans, which are the closest relatives of insects, are present in oceans and freshwater systems, but not so much on land. What causes this separation?”

#19

A White Ghost Cicada

A White Ghost Cicada

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous!

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#20

Little Moth Says "Yo"

Little Moth Says "Yo"

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R Carson
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1 month ago

Spy

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#21

Spiny Flower Mantis

Spiny Flower Mantis

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Otter
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1 month ago

These mantids are going on "Drag Race", I swear.

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So now we know that every creature from the smallest to the biggest is an important part of this world, but there are also so many other things to find out.

But for now we can just admire the interesting beings that live on this Earth that people captured in photos. We would love to know what you think of this list, and did you see the beauty in them? Also, we are curious if you have any guesses to answer the specialists’ questions? Leave us your thoughts and reactions in the comments!

And if you would like more colorful bug content, here you will find an article Bored Panda made with makeup artist Duran Jay, who creates eye makeup inspired by the little creatures.

#22

This Trippy Little Bug Landed On Me Today

This Trippy Little Bug Landed On Me Today

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R Carson
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1 month ago

Psychedelic

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#23

Elephant Hawk Moth. Was Cutting Down Some Hedges And Found This Guy In His Chrysalis

Elephant Hawk Moth. Was Cutting Down Some Hedges And Found This Guy In His Chrysalis

Left him on the windowsill and was making a cup of tea one morning and he landed on my hand.

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R Carson
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1 month ago

Sweet

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#24

Matching Outfits

Matching Outfits

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Robert T
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1 month ago

It must be thinking "wow, that's the biggest dragonfly I've ever seen"!

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#25

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar Pretending To Be A Snake

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar Pretending To Be A Snake

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Enby.Minecraft.Bee.
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1 month ago

It looks like a Pokemon or something from Animal Crossing

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#26

My Mom Snapped A Picture Of This Bug. Never Seen Anything Like It

My Mom Snapped A Picture Of This Bug. Never Seen Anything Like It

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V 2000
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1 month ago

that's not a bug, 🤔 it's got to be a pokemon or something

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#27

Bumblebee Enjoying The Flower

Bumblebee Enjoying The Flower

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Char Char
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1 month ago

Bee butt!

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#28

This Bug Mimics Leaf With Veins, Spots And Bite Marks

This Bug Mimics Leaf With Veins, Spots And Bite Marks

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R Carson
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1 month ago

Clever

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#29

This Moth I Spotted

This Moth I Spotted

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Francis
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1 month ago

did another one explode next to it?

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#30

Giant Devils Flower Praying Mantis

Giant Devils Flower Praying Mantis

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mcborge1
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1 month ago

Magestic. :)

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#31

My Silkworm Hatched From Its Cocoon Today And Became A Tiny Teddy-Bear Bug

My Silkworm Hatched From Its Cocoon Today And Became A Tiny Teddy-Bear Bug

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Grave Rxses
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1 month ago

IT LOOKS SO CUDDLY THIS IS UNFAIR

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#32

This Is My Pet Spiny Leaf Bug

This Is My Pet Spiny Leaf Bug

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Vicky Z
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1 month ago

I've never seen something like that before! Like a scorpion in disguise

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#33

I See The Moth You Found At Work And Raise You This Moth I Found At Home

I See The Moth You Found At Work And Raise You This Moth I Found At Home

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Kate
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1 month ago

Luna moth! Gorgeous!

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#34

This Moth Is As Big As My Hand

This Moth Is As Big As My Hand

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RFT Daly
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1 month ago

Ma-moth… I’ll let myself out.

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#35

Found A Ultramarine Pill Bug Today

Found A Ultramarine Pill Bug Today

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
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1 month ago

According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), pill bugs turn this blue color when they are infected with a virus that thins their exoskeleton. Their blood is blue, so they turn blue when this happens.

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#36

My Boy, Rainbow Stag Beetle

My Boy, Rainbow Stag Beetle

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R Carson
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1 month ago

Beautiful boy

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#37

Hickory Horned Devil

Hickory Horned Devil

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Mahayana
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1 month ago

You mean screamapilar (simpsons)

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#38

Pretty Green Beetle

Pretty Green Beetle

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best turtle
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1 month ago

that is the most perfect green ive ever seen

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#39

Doesn't It Look Like A Bubblegum?

Doesn't It Look Like A Bubblegum?

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Katy McMouse
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1 month ago

Flying Sherbet

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#40

Polybothris Sumptuosa, A Jewel Beetle From Madagascar

Polybothris Sumptuosa, A Jewel Beetle From Madagascar

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

That beetle is indeed a living, flying jewel.

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