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.

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    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.

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    Beautiful Wood Nymph

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

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    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.

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    Venezuelan Poodle Moth

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    The Venezuelan poodle moth was only discovered in 2009.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Elephant Hawk-Moth

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    This moth shimmers when it moves. AAAH GLITTER MOTH!

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    Pandora Sphinx Moth

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

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    Robin Moth

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

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    Rosy Maple Moth

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

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    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.

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    Garden Tiger Moth

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

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    Giant Leopard Moth

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

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    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.

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    Lobster Moth (caterpillar)

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

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    Actual Lobster Moth

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    Nope. Nothing to see here, move along.

    AND FINALLY...


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