If you like insects, we propose a global tour of the most beautiful and interesting.
|The most amazing insects on the planet, 2019|
We don't know if you consider insects your favorite animal, but whether you do or not, there are a lot of amazing creatures within this class of invertebrates, including some of the most hated and most feared vermin, such as cockroaches, mosquitoes or earwigs. Fortunately, not all insect species are unpleasant to look at.
In that over one million species of insects described, we are here today to show you those really beautiful, interesting insects that can even inspire affection, thanks to the fantastic biodiversity of Mother Nature: butterflies, mantises, dragonflies, grasshoppers?
Among the most striking characteristics of some insects, we find that some are able to live more than 50 years (the queen ant has an overwhelming life expectancy of about 28 years and others just live a few hours (cockroaches, for example, live only 1 year, but leave as a legacy many thousands of offspring ...) There are also those who can go a long time without eating or those who are able to live in areas as inhospitable as Antarctica.
There is no doubt that butterflies are the most familiar and accepted insects by humans. There are about 17,500 species of butterflies in the world and they are the only group of insects that have scales to cover their wings. In fact, the bright colors of butterfly wings come from these small colored scales. It is called 'structural colour', where the scales form small crevices that reflect light.
This was confirmed by a study carried out by scientists at Yale University (USA) which revealed the mystery of how the vivid colours of the wings of some species of butterflies are produced. His results, published in the journal PNAS, reveal that colors are the product of subtle structures in the wings that refract sunlight like a prism.
These small repetitive structures, called gyroids, are located on the scales of the wings and have a shape similar to a corkscrew. The gyroids bend and reflect light to create the color of the wings which so fascinates us humans.
|The most amazing insects on the planet, acraga coa.|
Acraga coaAcraga coa is a strange moth that can be found anywhere in Mexico as well as Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama. Even today, biologists are not sure why these insect species are so colorful, but suspect it is a defense mechanism to avoid predators, as is the case with so many other species. However, the strangest quality of this jewel caterpillar species is transformation. As the larvae emerge from their cocoons as moths, their crystal bodies become hairy and show a vibrant orange color.
|Blue dragonfly, the most amazing insects on the planet.|
Blue dragonfly, the most amazing insects on the planet.
The blue dragonfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) can measure up to 32 to 35 mm. Although it is common throughout Europe (except Iceland), it can even be found in central Asia.
|Chinese mantis, the most amazing insects on the planet.|
Chinese mantis, the most amazing insects on the planet.The Chinese mantis (Tenodera sinensis) is a species of mantis native to Asia. It is the largest mantis species that exists, and can reach 11 centimeters in length. Like most mantises, it practices cannibalism and mantises have been observed eating even monarch butterflies after discarding the entrails (toxic).
|Twilight Moth, the most amazing insects on the planet.|
Twilight Moth, the most amazing insects on the planet.Endemic to Madagascar, twilight moth (Chrysiridia rhipheus) is a flying moth famous for its striking coloration. Very popular among collectors, this moth is considered one of the most impressive and attractive insects on the planet.
|Rainbow grasshopper, the most amazing insects on the planet.|
Rainbow grasshopper, the most amazing insects on the planet.The rainbow grasshopper or painted grasshopper (Dactylotum bicolor) is a species of arthropods that can be found in North America. As his name implies, he has a wide variety of colors distributed throughout his body such as blue, red, black, yellow or orange. The females measure about 35 millimeters and the males a little less.
Conservation status according to IUCN : not threatened.
|Indian flower mantis, the most amazing insects on the planet.|
Indian flower mantis, the most amazing insects on the planet.The Indian flower mantis ( Creobroter pictipennis ), also known as mantis florida, is a species of praying mantis native to Asia. Males grow around 38 mm and females are slightly larger, more robust and wide, with wings that extend slightly beyond the end of the abdomen. The most curious thing about this mantis is a whitish or yellowish spot that has a face shape, ideal to scare away predators.
Bocydium globulare, the most amazing insects on the planet.It could be said that it is the rarest insect on the planet. The Bocydium globulare inhabits the trees of the Brazilian jungles and although its appearance surprises us, it only measures 4 mm.
One of the features that attract the attention of this insect is the morphology of its head that rises vertically with 4 balls as protagonists, as if it were a curious sculpture. The shape of his head helps him to blend in with the surroundings.
|Pink Maple Butterfly, The most amazing insects on the planet.|
Pink Maple Butterfly, The most amazing insects on the planet.We run into the pink maple butterfly (Dryocampa rubicunda). Known for its vibrant pink and yellow colors and funny looking antennae, it is a visually magnificent insect.
This species, native to North America, is nocturnal. They are very small, as males barely reach 32-44 millimeters and females have a wingspan of 40-50 millimeters.
In order to fly, their wings have to pump fluid. Another of his curiosities is that they feed on the maple, especially the red maple, the silver maple and the sugar maple.
Image credit: Wildreturn.
Image credit: Wildreturn.
Thailand longhorn beetle, the most amazing insects on the planet.The beetle longhorn Thailand (solli anoplophora) from Asia where most are large and colorful enough, so often sought after by collectors of beetles.
Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar, the most amazing insects on the planet.
The monarch butterfly caterpillar (Danaus plexippus) is one of the most beautiful creatures. Its transformation from caterpillar to butterfly is incredible, making this type of butterfly, already one of the most beautiful in the world, an unusual specimen, as its larval step is almost more fascinating. The brightly coloured caterpillar goes through five main stages of growth and after each one, it changes.
|Golden turtle beetle, the most amazing insects on the planet.|
Golden turtle beetle, the most amazing insects on the planet.The golden turtle beetle (Charidotella sexpunctata) is a species of arthropod native to the Americas. Consume foliage of vines, bells and sweet potatoes. It is of variable color, usually reddish brown with black spots and an often metallic gold color, which gives it the nickname of 'the golden insect '.
Luna moth, the most amazing insects on the planet.
The Luna moth (Actias luna), as it could not be otherwise, is a night butterfly. It can be found in most of North America, including Greenland and the mountains of Mexico (and even Nova Scotia and Canada) and is one of the most massive in the United States: it has a wingspan of up to 114 mm and a curious lime green color, ideal to go unnoticed.
Orchid Mantis, The most amazing insects on the planet.The orchid mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) is native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia. As we can see, it is characterized by a bright coloration and a finely adapted structure for camouflage, imitating parts of the orchid flower. It can change its color between pink and brown, depending on the color of the background. In this case, we have a beautiful fuchsia pink mantis.
Ladybug, the most amazing insects on the planet.The ladybird (Coccinellidae) is a species of insect that we can find in the whole world. It is a beautiful little beetle easily recognizable by its black spots on the covers of its wings. Most ladybugs are red, but they can also be yellow or orange. More than 6,000 species of ladybugs have been discovered and described. Is it your favorite insect?
Panda ant, the most amazing insects on the planet.The panda ant (Euspinolia militaris) inhabits the sclerophyllous forests of the Coquimbo region in Chile. The funny thing is that it is neither an ant nor a panda, but since it presents just those colors and resembles an ant, the denomination was impossible to avoid.
It is a kind of wasp, but without wings. It belongs to the mutilidae family, insects known as velvet ants because of the hair that covers their body. However, do not be fooled by its friendly appearance: it has a powerful stinger to catch its prey.
Royal Walnut Moth, The most amazing insects on the planet 2019.The royal Walnut Moth ( Citheronia regalis ), is a moth whose caterpillars are called hickory horned devils. They are from North America and have a spectacular size. To go unnoticed, these lonely nocturnal caterpillars are curled in a “j” shape during the day, which gives them an appearance similar to bird droppings.
It is a caterpillar that looks fierce but harmless. They have a green body (which turns turquoise as they age) and lots of structures shaped like orange and spiny horns on the head.
They are so big and so fierce that even chickens, who generally love to eat caterpillars, stay away from them. What do they eat? Leaves. They also like persimmon leaves. Where they live? They live in the areas of deciduous forests in the eastern US.