Generally, when we think of beetles we imagine something black and vaguely menacing, slowly crawling towards our foot. GAH! It turns out, not all beetles are that way.
Don't get us wrong, a lot of them are, but some of them are super cute. Like, we might even swallow our pride and say the word "adorbs" when it comes to this totally ... adorbs red milkweek beetle. Its Latin name is derived from "four eyes." D'awwww! It's a nerd, just like us!
We would be lying if we said that weeding through all the creepy crawlies didn't make us have a bit of a panic attack. But we think it's worth it to share with you these 15 adorable beetles that won't make you scream in terror (especially because they are safely trapped in image form on your computer screen).
Christmas beetles are found around the Christmas season in Australia. That's how they got that name. It's not because they make good gifts.
Golden Tortoise Beetle
The golden tortoise beetle lives in sweet potato and morning glory plants and has microscopic valves under its shell that regulates moisture. It uses these to change color.
Okay, so these guys are kind of problematic to coconut crops, BUT so are we, once pina colada season rolls around. (/jk not the same thing at all).
This particular species of leaf beetle was only just recently discovered in Suriname, so not much is known about it. Instead, did you know Dutch is the official language of Suriname? Knowledge!!
Citrus Root Weevil
This little guy is actually a pretty big pest, but its colloquial name in Spanish is chichí, which is, incidentally a family nickname of ours.