Top Ten Animals with Unusual Yet Beautiful Colors

The Top Ten
1 Jewel Beetle

Also known as metallic wood-boring beetles, jewel beetles belong to the family Buprestidae.

Think all insects are creepy crawlies? Well, you obviously haven't seen these unusually colorful guys! The most notable feature of these beetles is their iridescent, metallic colors. Just magnificent!

2 Peacock Spider

The peacock spider (Maratus) is a genus of jumping spiders.

Well, "beautiful spider" might sound like an oxymoron for some people. It may be a spider, but I think it's way too beautiful to fall under the "creepy" category. Would you look at those unusual and stunning colors?

When a spider is prettier than you.

3 Gouldian Finch The Gouldian finch, also known as the Lady Gouldian finch, Gould's finch or the rainbow finch, is a colourful passerine bird endemic to Australia.

Also known as the rainbow finch, lady Gouldian finch, or Gould's finch, the Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae) is endemic to Australia.

You're not only seeing a bird. You're seeing a rainbow as well (hence the other name "rainbow finch"). It features red, yellow, green, blue, and purple - just about every color of the rainbow! Unfortunately, they're endangered.

4 Poison Dart Frog

Poison dart frogs are from the family Dendrobatidae and are native to tropical South and Central America.

This frog comes in a really wide variety of colors, but this guy got its name for a reason! It's very poisonous. The poison of this frog is used by forest tribes to make poisonous arrow tips, which makes hunting easier because animals hit by the poisonous arrows will collapse in no time.

5 California Red-Sided Garter Snake

The California red-sided garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis) is a subspecies of common garter snake found in California, North America.

Never expected to see a beautiful snake, hm? It's red with yellow or blue stripes and a row of black spots or blotches appearing in a stripe-like pattern. The head is orange.

6 Halloween Crab

Also known as the moon crab, Halloween moon crab, whitespot crab, mouthless crab, red land crab, or harlequin land crab, the Halloween crab (Gecarcinus quadratus) is a species of land crab found from the Pacific coast of Mexico to Panama.

This crab's colors scream Halloween: black, purple, orange, and red. It has a black carapace, orange-red legs, purple claws, and orange-red spots behind the eyes.

7 Painted Grasshopper

The painted grasshopper (Poekilocerus pictus) is a large species of grasshopper found in India.

It really looks like it's painted, with yellow and turquoise stripes on the body and bright red hindwings.

8 Madagscan Sunset Moth

The Madagascan sunset moth (Chrysiridia rhipheus) is a species of day-flying moth found in Madagascar.

This moth could be easily mistaken for a butterfly due to its daytime activity and colorful, swallowtail-like wings. The wings are black with iridescent red, blue, and green markings.

9 Cuckoo Wasp

Also known as the emerald wasp, the cuckoo wasp (Chrysididae) is a large family of parasitoid wasps.

Yes, wasps can be beautiful! Don't believe me? Check out this guy! Its most notable feature is its brilliant metallic colors. This wasp is also pretty harmless. It can sting, but the venom isn't really dangerous.

10 Red Velvet Ant

Red velvet ant (Dasymutilla occidentalis) is a species of parasitoid wasp native to the eastern United States. Yes, it is a wasp, not an ant.

It is the largest velvet ant species in the United States. Its body is red and black, while its legs are black. Pretty unusual colors for an "ant" (like I said, it's actually a wasp), right? Females are wingless unlike the males. Females were thought to be a true ant species due to this feature. It's beautiful, yes, but don't mess too much with it because females have a very painful sting, which is how it got its nickname "cow killer." Despite this, the venom isn't strong enough to kill a cow.

The Contenders
11 Cat The cat (Felis catus) is a domestic species of small carnivorous mammal.
It is the only domesticated species in the family Felidae and is often referred to as the domestic cat to distinguish it from the wild members of the family. A cat can either be a house cat, a farm cat or a feral cat; the latter... read more
12 Vampire Crab
13 Wood Duck
14 Zebra Finch
15 Zebra Zebras (subgenus Hippotigris) are African equines with distinctive black-and-white striped coats. There are three living species: the Grévy's zebra (Equus grevyi), plains zebra (E. quagga), and the mountain zebra (E. zebra). Zebras share the genus Equus with horses and asses, the three groups being... read more
16 Peafowl The peafowl include two Asiatic bird species (the blue or Indian peafowl originally of India and Sri Lanka and the green peafowl of Myanmar, Indochina, and Java) and one African species (the Congo peafowl native only to the Congo Basin) of bird in the genera Pavo and Afropavo of the Phasianidae family,... read more
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