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Carpenter Bees: Blue Beauty With An Impressive Coat Of Fuzz

We have found yet another dazzling species. We had no idea that bees could even be blue, and then we stumbled upon the blue carpenter and became eager to learn more about it!

"The blue carpenter bee is found throughout Southeast Asia, India, and Southern China, and they're known for being large and heavy bees that live solitary lives, and are generally non-aggressive. While European honey bees (the most common species in Australia) grow to just 17 mm long, blue carpenter bees can reach a whopping 28 mm, which makes them appear eerily hefty." Via Australian Geographic. Wait a sec, not only are these bees beautifully blue, but they are also adorably chonky?! This just gets better and better.

"The blue carpenter bee is all about the females. It's the females who sport that brilliant blue pubescence (yep that's what the fuzz is called), and the females alone wield a stinger." Girl power!! Are we right ladies or are we right?  "The males are stinger-less, and have a more subdued, brown or greenish fuzz. Unlike honey bees, which build complex and intricate hives filled with tens of thousands of workers and a single queen, carpenter bees live alone, burrowing into trees to create a perfect little nest for themselves." Via Australian Geographic.

13 images of blue bees| thumbnail blue bee taking nectar from purple flower
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Father Daughter Duo Put Cicadas Into Cute Poses For Wholesome Photoshoot

We love a good news story! And we especially love when it's a family effort! The Good News Network covered the story. "The Fairfax, Virginia-based father/daughter team of Scott and Ellie Kanowitz have come up with a series of increasingly complex humorous vignettes starring the media-happy bugs interacting with a variety of toy props."

"They admit the one drawback to gently using live bug actors was that they did not always take direction well. 'Posing and building more and more elaborate schemes trying to get them to stay still and learn about the cicadas was really exciting. I think one thing we learned was that they don't like to ride on skateboards.' Scott told WTOP News."

We love learning about new and interesting species. And if we can combine that with a creative wholesome photoshoot, it's just that much better. Enjoy!

12 cicada images news story |thumbnail left cicada sitting at table with fake hot dog prop, thumbnail right cicada in police officer costume and toy truck
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Humans Using Cats As Shields From Bugs: Funny Tumblr Posts

Okay, so admit it to yourself... there has been at least once when you saw a bug in your house then asked your cat to go deal with it. Maybe it's because you're scared of bugs and don't understand why some people think bugs are beautiful like we are or maybe it's because you can't be bothered, but you've done it. And you've gotten one of two reactions. Either your cat had the most unexpected burst of energy and flew to catch that bug, or your cat looked at you like you are an idiot. 

Come on though! It's a cat's job to defend us from the gross and eww-y bug! What else have we got you around for? Ugh. Should have expected it, cats are known to be lazy after all. They'd sooner yell at us to take the bug down for them to play with than get it themselves. And we respect that. 

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Beautiful African Bug Looks Like A Picasso Painting

Okay, hold on a second, before you leave screaming "BUGS!" at us, stop for one moment and look at this one. We know, we know, bugs are kinda eww-y sometimes, but not this one. This one is as beautiful as a painting, specifically, a Picasso painting. 

Meet the Picasso bug, otherwise known as Sphaerocoris annulus. It's a bug that's native to tropical and subtropical Africa, and it is one of the most beautiful bugs we've ever seen. Looking at this little guy brings us to the days of our childhood, when we were in kindergarten, playing around with the prettiest bugs around, no fear to be found in our tiny little palms. And maybe, after seeing this cool creature's pictures, you will feel the same way. 

pictures of the Picasso bug thumbnail includes two up-close pictures of the Sphaerocoris annulus
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Stunning And Colorful Mantises (12 Images)

We don't know about you but when we think of a mantis, the classic green mantis comes to mind. Who in the world knew they could come in such a vast variety of colors, and stunning colors at that? To say we're stunned is an understatement -- mantis are beautiful! 

Bugs are usually something we claim to be beautiful, but they have surprised us in the past! We're just attracted to unusual colors on things we've already decided on how they look. Which is usually brown and not so pleasant to look at. Turns out, there are more colors to little insects than we could ever imagine there would be.

We're not saying we're totally obsessed with insects now but we do appreciate their beauty!

stunning images of colorful mantises - thumbnail includes two images of colorful mantises, one of a pastel rainbow and one like a starry sky
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Colorful And Oddly Adorable Peacock Spiders

Another Spooktober special! OK, we know what you're thinking, "Spiders? Heck no." And we get that, and we're also like that. However, when it comes to peacock spiders, there's something enchanting about them. Yes, if we were ever in the presence of one, we'd probably run. 

These are just photos and vids, they can't hurt us. Remember that. 

The peacock spider is probably the most beautiful spider out there, with its vivid colors, and disproportional huge eyes, you can't help but think, "OK, these guys can be cool." Much like peacocks, male peacock spiders are the most colorful of the sexes and have displayed their colors bolding when trying to attract a mate. 

As much as they make us squeamish, bugs can be quite cool looking!  

colorful and beautiful peacock spiders - thumbnail includes two images of peacock spiders
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Striking Microscopic Insect Photography By Pavan Kumar

Talented photographer, Pavan Kumar, is able to capture what one might consider impossible... the beauty of insects. For many people, insects just make us feel squeamish. It's a fair assumption to say many people just don't like bugs. At all. And truth be told, I am one of those people. 

Yet, Pavan Kumar has somehow taken these mesmerizing images with such striking colors, you can't help but stop and marble at the beauty that is obviously there. It's a beauty you can't see until you see it. 

We had the opportunity to ask Kavan the simple question, "Why bugs?" Out of everything in the world to photograph, why these tiny creatures most don't care about? Pavan Kumar responded saying, "Insects are the most ignored creatures, thanks to their size. We see colourful birds, elephants, tigers, and lions in wallpapers and HD image galleries, but none of the insects! They're amazing creatures too. They look beautiful too. Let's show the world what is seldom seen!"

Pavan Kumar has accomplished just that, showing the world what is seldomly seen. See more of Pavan Kumar's insanely beautiful photographs on his Instagram

colorful and beautiful insect photographs from photographer pavan kumar - thumbnail includes two images one of a colorful spider and one of a colorful fly
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Close-ups Of Caterpillar 'Feet' (12 Pics)

Stop the presses, who in this universe would have thought that caterpillars have such cute feet? 

Not us, that's for sure! There's so much beauty in some insects (sorry roaches, we're just not ready for you yet), and sometimes that beauty isn't really noticeable to us at first. Then you see it in a new light, a fresh perspective, and all of sudden you're thinking the impossible --- bugs can be cute! Like, those tiny tarantula paws! Those were awwdorable!

The 'feet' seen down below are known as the caterpillar's 'prolegs,' "small, fleshy, stub structure found on the ventral surface of the abdomen of most larval forms of insects of the order Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)."

Well, like we said about the roaches, maybe not ALL bugs but definitely caterpillars and definitely their little feet! 

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Movies will often use live bugs on camera instead of CGI to make their story feel more real and to get your skin crawling. But getting these insects to do what you want requires lots an understanding of how they function. That's where Steven Kutcher comes in. He's an entomologist who has worked with insects on over 100 major projects including "Spider-Man, "Arachnophobia," and "Jurassic Park."  The Insider teamspoke with Kutcher about how he gets these tiny actors to do what the directors want and how no one gets hurt during the production.

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