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.
At night, the female extends a scent gland from her abdomen to attract male butterflies with pheromones. Hubba hubba.
This one is supposed to look like bird poop. It's a disgusting (ly cute) camouflage technique.
The polyphemus moth, like many moths, doesn't eat after it emerges from its cocoon. Incidentally, they also don't live too long.
The Venezuelan poodle moth was only discovered in 2009.
The hummingbird hawk-moth (or hummingmoth), actually makes an audible humming sound, in addition to looking like a hummingbird.
This moth lives in Thailand and looks like a spider to scare the business out of predators/us.
Not only does the glasswing moth have a cool name, it is among some of the fastest flying insects in the world.
This moth shimmers when it moves. AAAH GLITTER MOTH!
We like this one because it looks like a tiny bat. Or an armadillo.
This is North America's largest native moth. And it's cuuuuuute! USA! USA!
These guys love maple trees. No, seriously, it's kind of a problem.
This big guy's cocoon has a hole in it, so it doesn't drown in the downpours of the rain forest in Madagascar.
This one's body fluids are poisonous. D'awwww. But seriously, it's sparkly, guys.
Much like the leopard print suggests, this moth can occasionally be found in New Jersey.
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.
Lobster Moth (caterpillar)
Holy what? This must make the most amazing moth ever!
Nope. Nothing to see here, move along.
Because you can't look at a bunch of moths without a GIF of a caterpillar eating popcorn.