Top Ten Best Flying Insects

Insects are amazing and fascinating creatures. There 2 kinds of insects: those who fly and those who don't. Here are some of the best flying ones

The Top Ten

1 Butterfly Butterfly Butterflies are part of the class of insects in the order Lepidoptera, along with the moths. Adult butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight.

My favourite insect. This one is so beautiful. - Britgirl

So beautiful - Neonco31

Butterflies are insects from the order Lepidoptera

Butterflies are known for their beautiful colors and patterns. Their colors vary from plain boring brown to a brilliant mix of colors (unfortunately some of the most beautiful ones are about to flutter away forever). They're important to the enviroment as they're flower pollinators. Currently there are about 17,500 species of butterflies known (which is few compared to their close relatives the moths)

Fun fact: Butterflies taste with their feet. Their taste sensors are located there - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

2 Moth Moth Moths comprise a group of insects related to butterflies, belonging to the order Lepidoptera. Most lepidopterans are moths; and there are thought to be approximately 160,000 species of moth, many of which are yet to be described.

While most people hate them, they're interesting and beautiful animals, and have so different colour varieties. - misfortuneluck

Moths are insects from the order Lepidoptera

These insects are quite overshadowed. Butterflies aren't the only beautiful insects! Currently, there are lots of species of moths known: about 160,000 species (most insects from the order Lepidoptera are moths! ). Moths are nocturnal animals, but some species can be crepuscular (active at dusk) and diurnal (active at both day and night). They, like butterflies, pollinate flowers

Moths are often confused with their close relatives butterflies. A moth's antennae are bushier than a butterfly's, and a moth's body is thicker than a butterfly's. Moths are often duller in color than butterflies, but there are quite a lot of colorful and beautiful moths too (heck, I think some moth species are more beautiful than butterflies themselves)

Fun fact: Some moth species don't have any mouths in their adult stage, thus making them unable to eat and die of starvation about a week later - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

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4 Bee Bee

Yes, they can sting. But bees are possibly the most important species for humans. They help us more than any other insect.

Bees are such interesting creatures. I love learning about the hive dynamics. - eventer51314

I ADORE bees! Especially bumblebees, they're so fluffy and cute! <3 Unless they're aggressive, of course. That's why I despise wasps, most of the time they attack for no reason. - sofiav

I don't believe that wasps attack for no reason. That has never happened to me before, and I've encountered them many time - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX


Well, this list is based of my opinions (I was the creator of this list before I change my account in case you don't know), not popular opinions. Wasps and bees will eventually get lower and lower on this list though - FireWasp2004

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7 Ladybug Ladybug

Why they always call them ladybug even though they have males? - Neonco31

Read the "Fun fact" part on my comment. That's how they get the "lady" part of name - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

Also known as ladybirds. Ladybugs are small beetles (not exactly bugs) from the family Coccinellidae

The most notable feature of these beetles is their spotted wing covers. The colors of their wing covers vary. Some species like the Vibidia duodecimguttata has white spots and brown background. Currently there are over 6,000 species of ladybugs known. Ladybugs are considered as useful animals. Some species feed on agricultural pests such as aphids and scale bugs. Some also lay theit eggs on the colonies of the pests so the larvae will get an immediate food source. However, some ladybug species are herbivorous, which means they're the pests

Fun fact: The "lady" part of the name refers to Virgin Mary. Legend says that long ago, crops in Europe were plagued with pests, so the farmers pray to Virgin Mary. Then, they started seeing ladybugs on their farm, saving their crops from the pests, and so they started calling the beetles "lady beetles" - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

8 Mantis Mantis

Literally jusypt awesome

Mantises are insects from the order Mantodea

There are currently over 2,400 species of mantis known. The largest mantis family is the Mantidae. Mantises have triangular heads and large, bulging eyes. Every mantises have greatly enlarged forelegs. They're often referred to as "praying mantis" because of their resting position. Mantises are predators, and feed on smaller insects. They use their enlarged forelegs to catch and grip their prey. Female mantises sometimes practice sexual cannibalism (a female mantis might eat the male after mating). Mantises are among the insects most commonly kept as pets

Only certain mantis species can fly. Those mantis species that are able to fly have wings large enough to be used to fly, but other species have small wings or even no wings at all

Fun fact: Mantises can turn their heads 180 degrees, because the joint that connects a mantis' head with its prothorax is very flexible - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

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10 Grasshopper Grasshopper

Grasshoppers are insects from the order Orthoptera, suborder Caelifera

Grasshoppers are ground-dwelling insects. They have powerful hind legs, which made it possible for them to leap in great distances, up to 20 times their own body length! Some grasshoppers can change colors and behaviours and form swarms (known as "locusts" under this circumstance). Grasshoppers are beautiful insects, but they're serious pests especially if they swarm in millions as locusts. Grasshoppers rely on camouflage to escape predators, but if they're detected, they will attempt to startle the predator with brilliantly-colored wing-flash while jumping and launching themselves to the air, and then fly for a short distance. Some grasshopper species are colorful, but those colors are warning to predators, meaning that they're either poisonous or distasteful

Grasshoppers are sometimes referred to as short-horned grasshoppers to distinguish them from katydids

Fun fact: A ...more - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

The Contenders

11 Hornet Hornet

Wasps are already up there so no need to add hornets because hornets are wasps - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

12 Bumblebee Bumblebee A bumblebee, also written bumble bee, is a member of the bee genus Bombus, in the family Apidae. The brood parasitic or cuckoo bumblebees have sometimes been classified as a subgenus or genus, Psithyrus, but are now usually treated as members of Bombus.
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