20 amazing moths you didn’t even know existed

With butterflies in the picture, moths rarely get a look-in but it’s a common misconception that moths are dreary, drab, and dull

Here are 20 of the world’s most colourful creatures to change your mind about moths

 

1. Atlas moth 

Atlas moth

 

2. Madagascan sunset moth

Madagascan sunset moth

 

3. Moon moth

Moon moth

 

4. Small elephant hawkmoth 

Small elephant hawkmoth

 

5. Geometrid moth

Geometrid moth

 

6. Geometrid moth

Antitrygodes divisaria

 

7. Rosy maple moth

Rosy maple moth

 

8. White moth

White moth

 

9. Silk moth

Silk moth

 

10. Tiger moth

Tiger moth

 

11. Geometrid moth

Geometrid moth - xanthotype

 

12. Blinded sphinx moth

Blinded sphinx moth

 

13. Coffee-loving moth

Pyrausta tyralis

 

14. Tussock moth

Tussock moth

 

15. Raspberry pyrausta moth

Raspberyy pyrausta moth

 

16. Erebid moth

Erebid moth

 

17. Emperor gum moth

Emperor gum moth

 

18. Virginian tiger moth

Virginian tiger moth

 

19. Hummingbird moth 

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20. Sphinx moth

Sphinx moth

 

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