Meet the 10 cutest moths in the world

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Most of us can't enjoy the lovely features of moths because many of them are nocturnal. Some moths are even considered pests, especially when they are in the caterpillar stage, gnawing at your precious vegetable garden. For some reason, moths are not universally loved, and our goal is to change that. After all, moths are as important to ecosystems as bees and butterflies. Why not love a fluffy moth with a powdery coat and a plump body? Butterflies flit around the garden and get all the attention, but let's just say, the moths are super cute! We could even say that some moths are more beautiful than some butterflies.

Nature is truly amazing and has provided us with a planet full of amazing creatures like the moth below. We hope you enjoy their beauty as much as we do. let's start!

1. Cinnabar Moth

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The bright colors of the cinnabar moth are a warning sign for predators.

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Cinnabar Moth ( Tyria jacobaeae ) It has bright red markings on its wings. When it is in the larval stage, its body is bright orange. They look cute, but their bright colors are meant to warn predators away. Cinnabar moths live in grasslands across Europe and love to eat senecio. They are named after a mineral called cinnabar, which is also red. These lovely moths fly around during the day, so you might see one.

2. Polyphemus moth

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The polyphemus moth has eyespots on its wings.

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This lovely moth ( Antheraea polyphemus ) It can be seen all over the United States. It is a large silky moth that comes in a variety of shades of red, gray and brown that mix into beautiful patterns. They have yellow, white and black eye spots on their wings. Around the eye points is a shade of purple to make them stand out. Can you believe that a polyphemus moth can eat 86,000 times its body weight in its caterpillar stage? Wow!

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3. Titanium Emperor

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The European beech is the king's favorite food.

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Titanium Emperor ( Aglia tau ) Moths live in the forests of Eurasia. It comes in multiple shades of tan, brown, and white, and has eye spots on its wings. Tau Emperor's favorite foods are beech and birch trees. When they are in the caterpillar stage, they are bright green and plump. Interestingly, males fly during the day and females fly at night.

4. Giant Leopard Moth

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Giant leopard moths are nocturnal.

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The giant leopard moth is super cute and covered in leopard spots, and it lives up to its name. The giant leopard moth ( Hypercompe scribonia ) is white with bluish-black spots. The spots are a unique mixture of solid and hollow spots, and their bodies are colored blue and orange. They can have a wingspan of up to three inches! Giant leopard moths can be found throughout most of North America, but only at night because they are nocturnal. When they are caterpillars, they are hairy with thick black setae and live on many kinds of trees and flowers.

5. Garden tiger moth

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You can find garden tiger moths in colder climates.

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Garden tiger moths are so cute! They have white and brown tiger stripes on their forewings and orange and black dots on their hindwings. How cute is that? With a wingspan of 2.6 inches, the garden tiger moth ( Arctia caja ) is very large. They live in North America and Europe and prefer colder climates. They eat many different types of plants and are especially fond of foxgloves. In the caterpillar stage, they are covered with furry brown, black, and white bristles about 2.5 inches long.

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6. Hummingbird Hawkmoth

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Hummingbird hawkmoths feed on nectar-rich flowers.

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There are a staggering 1,450 species of hawkmoths! The hummingbird hawkmoth ( Macroglossum stellatarum ) is named after a hummingbird because it eats in a very similar way and has a long beak. They have brown front wings with wavy lines, bright orange rear wings, and a 1.8-inch wingspan. They eat during the day and even make an adorable hummingbird buzz! You can find them in many parts of the world, feeding on nectar-rich flowers.

7. Cephalo moth

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The Cecropia moth is notable for its size.

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This adorable moth has a unique striped and polka dot pattern and comes in white, black, red and orange. They are huge for a moth, with a wingspan of up to seven inches! Silkworm Moth ( Hyalophora cecropia ) Lives in the mountains of the United States and Canada. They like to eat maple, but they can also be found munching on birch or cherry trees. When they are in the caterpillar stage, they are bright yellow-green, turning blue-green as they age. They are also quite large at 4.5 inches long when they are in the caterpillar stage.

8. Madagascar Moon Moth

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The Madagascar moon caterpillar has a unique silk-spinning ability.

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This adorable moth lives in the rainforests of Madagascar. It is another large aircraft with a wingspan of up to eight inches. The Madagascar luna moth ( Argema mittrei ) is bright yellow-green with orange and red markings and long feathery antennae. An adult can lay up to 150 eggs! They made cocoons of silvery silk out of which emerged a lovely reddish-brown caterpillar.

9. Luna Moth

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The luna moth has lime green wings and a white body.

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The luna moth ( Actias luna ) tops lists of the cutest moths in the world. They have light green wings with yellow tints and eye spots of different colors such as blue, red, yellow, green and white. Their hind wings have long, flowing tails, making them one of the cutest moths in the world.

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The luna moth lives in North America and feeds on a variety of trees. They are bright green in color as caterpillars and are nearly three inches long. As adults, their wingspan is 4.5 inches.

10. Atlas Moth

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Atlas moths are exceptionally large.

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Atlas moth ( Attacus atlas ) It deserves a spot on the cutest moth list. They are truly gorgeous, with bright red wings covered in a gorgeous pattern of white, black and orange stripes and spots. The tips of their wings look like snake heads to scare off predators. You can find the Atlas moth in the forests of Southeast Asia. They are exceptionally large, with a wingspan of up to 9.4 inches. When they are in the caterpillar stage, they are green and grow to 4.5 inches long.

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A Cephalo moth sits on a giant maple leaf. The Cecropia moth is the largest and heaviest moth in North America.
The Cecropia moth is the largest and heaviest moth in North America.

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Heather Hall


I'm a freelance writer with 22 years of experience. I live in the Pacific Northwest surrounded by nature. When I do my daily runs, I often see herds of elk, deer, and bald eagles. I have two dogs that take me on hikes in the mountains where we see coyotes, black bears, and wild turkeys.

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