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6 Pictures That Will Change the Way You Look At Moths

Butterflies may get all the glory, but these reader pictures of moths prove that some are just as beautiful and colorful.

A cecropia moth perches on a gerber daisy.Courtesy Carol Ecker

Cecropia Moth

Carol Ecker of Whitehall, Pennsylvania, took this moth picture. She says, “I watched this cecropia moth emerge out of its cocoon and dry its wings on a gerbera daisy in my garden. I was so happy to see the beautiful moth and eventually watch it fly away.” Meet some of the other most colorful animals in the world.

A regal moth sitting on a wooden railing.Courtesy Stephanie Perry

Regal Moth

“I was walking to my Sunday school class and noticed this regal moth sitting on a railing between classrooms,” says Stephanie Perry of Fruithurst, Alabama. “It was very fitting because we had just wrapped up our vacation Bible school program titled ‘Into the Wild.'” Did you know moths are important pollinators? Here are a few bugs you should never kill in your garden.

A white-lined sphinx moth sips nectar from a flower.Courtesy Martin Gilchrist

White-Lined Sphinx Moth

Martin Gilchrist of Milaca, Minnesota, says that he didn’t have his camera with him when he saw his first white-lined sphinx moth. He says, “I spent the next few days, with my Canon EOS 7D in hand, roaming my gardens until I saw it again.” Check out these 13 bizarre bug facts that might just make your skin crawl.

A luna moth rests on a tree.Courtesy Jason Nibbe

Luna Moth

“For 44 years I have lived in Minnesota and I had never seen a luna moth before,” says Jason Nibbe of Lake City, Minnesota. “I was doing some work when this one buzzed my head and landed about 10 feet away, as if begging me to take its picture. I was more than happy to oblige.” But if the creepy-crawlies in your garden bother you, here’s how to get rid of them naturally.

A rosy maple moth sitting on a wire grate.Courtesy Cynthia Raper

Rosy Maple Moth

“It’s beautiful!” says Cynthia Raper of Amory, Mississippi. “In all my 58 years, I had never seen a rosy maple moth. I discovered it at our old refurbished trailer about an hour north of my home. I’ve seen several firsts there.” Here are stunning photos of other naturally pink animals.

An eight-spotted forester moth on a raspberry plant.Courtesy Bernie Stang

Eight-Spotted Forester Moth

Bernie Stang of Paynesville, Minnesota, says, “I sat in my sister-in-law’s garden early in the morning, waiting for bugs and butterflies that I could photograph. The golden hour, right as the sun was rising, was beyond peaceful. This eight-spotted forester moth was visiting a raspberry plant, perching on the leaves.” Now read these delightful facts about butterflies.

Originally Published in Birds & Blooms