Been bitten by the love bug lately? Longing for the sweet sting of Cupid’s tiny arrow? Then look no further, the buzz starts here with 10 adorably cute bugs…
1) Big Eyed Caterpillar
Caterpillars don’t look for trouble, they just want to eat (and eat, and eat) in peace. Unfortunately, their mania for munching makes them more meal-like day by day in the eyes of predators. One solution some species of caterpillars evolved is displaying oversized eye spots that give the chubby chompers the appearance of snakes.
2) Spinybacked Orbweaver Spider
Spiders aren’t the first thing that come to mind when musing on cute bugs but a few species do a great job of turning grim to grin.
3) Pink Lady Katydid
Bugs come in a huge variety of colors, including a few that one wouldn’t normally expect. Take this pink katydid, for instance. A rare (1 in 500) genetic mutation has caused the creature’s typically green exoskeleton to reflect pink light instead.
4) Human-Faced Beetle
This curious two-faced beetle hails from Japan but you won’t find it working at the deli… the Samurai Deli, that is. Not to ascribe any duplicitous behavior to this colorful beetle, it’s just that it looks a lot like a samurai warrior from one angle and a bearded wise man when flipped.
5) Jumping Spider
Jumping Spiders are small, even for spiders, but my what big eyes they have! Two of their eyes are big, to be precise – the rest are rather tiny and that’s a good thing, as they therefore don’t detract from this bug’s quixotic cute quotient.
6) Ladybird Beetle
Ladybird Beetles – or “Ladybugs”– don’t have smiley faces, pink bodies or other obvious cuteness indicators but still… they’re cute. Is it their non-threatening and non-biting attitude that so endears us to them? Who knows really…
7) The Happy-Face Spider
The Happy-Face Spider (Theridion grallator) is native to the Hawaiian Islands, which in itself might be why it’s always smiling. Actually, this small and otherwise unobtrusive pale green spider uses the red & black “face” emblazoned across the back of its abdomen to distract (and possibly amuse) hungry predators.