The natural world is full of bright surprises, like these amphibian, insect, avian—and even mammal—species.
Siamese fighting fish
These gorgeous, long-tailed marine creatures have ugly personalities—which breeders have exploited in order to fight them, arena (er, fishbowl) style. Also known as bettas, according to the International Betta Congress, their bright colors are the result of breeding, too; in the wild, they’re downright dingy. You won’t want to miss these 20 stunning underwater photos.
A member of the family Scutelleridae, this is a true bug—that is, an insect with sucking mouthparts. This psychedelic spotted beauty sucks the life out of crops like pigeon peas in its native southeast Asia. Its iridescent coloring is the result of a swath of pigment lying beneath clear, stacked layers that reflect light.
The national bird of Kenya and Botswana enlivens its native grasslands with its blocks of white, blue, purple, turquoise, green, and black plumage—and, unusually, the female is just as colorful as the male. Vivid as they are, though, The Spruce reports that their eggs are just plain white. Fans of our feathered friends will get a hoot out of our favorite funny bird photos.