Beautiful Bugs: 10 Of The Prettiest Insects You Will Ever See (Plus One Pretty Spider)

on July 02 2012 9:12 AM
  • luna moth
    A luna moth photographed in Arkansas. Wikimedia Commons
  • Giant Ichneumon Wasp (Megahyssa macrurus)
    Giant Ichneumon Wasp (Megahyssa macrurus) Wikimedia Commons
  • Scorpion Fly (Panorpa communis)
    Scorpion Fly (Panorpa communis) Wikimedia Commons
  • Golden Tortoise Beetle (Charidotella sexpunctata)
    Golden Tortoise Beetle (Charidotella sexpunctata) Flickr via Creative Commons
  • Frog-legged Leaf Beetle (Sagra buqueti)
    Frog-legged Leaf Beetle (Sagra buqueti) Wikimedia Commons
  • Ninebark Beetle (Calligrapha spiraeae)
    Ninebark Beetle (Calligrapha spiraeae) Wikimedia Commons
  • Io Moth (Automeris io)
    Io Moth (Automeris io) Wikimedia Commons
  • Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis)
    Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis) Flickr Creative Commons
  • Goliath Stick Insect (Eurycnema goliath)
    Goliath Stick Insect (Eurycnema goliath) Wikimedia Commons
  • Cuckoo Wasp (Chrysura refulgens)
    Cuckoo Wasp (Chrysura refulgens) Wikimedia Commons
  • Peacock Spider (Maratus volans)
    Peacock Spider (Maratus volans) Flickr Creative Commons
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Bugs get a bad reputation as ugly eyesores. But don't judge thousands of species by a few bad apples like cockroaches or bedbugs. Many insects (and arachnids) are breathtaking, sporting colors and shapes that would easily fit in on the most haute fashion runway in Paris or Milan.