The phrase “cute” doesn’t usually apply to insects – furry and feathery creatures are often considered cute, but insects? I think it is a question of how you view them, interact with them, and present them in your pictures.
Interact with insects? Obviously, insects will fly off when disturbed, but can you really interact with them? Certainly with damselflies, I’ve found it possible to play a game of peek-a-boo, the damselfly hiding behind a stem or leaf, and rotating round to try and stay out of sight, while peeking with one eye to see where I am.
Butterflies, too, can interact. Perched on a flower, they may be trying to decide whether or not to trust you. If you move a bit closer, the fore-wings may extend a bit, ready to take off, and then be tucked away again when you back off. If they really trust you, they may go on feeding, allowing you to get pictures of their long extending proboscis and tongue.
Ladybirds are another interactive insect – again, often hiding just out of reach of the camera, stopping to assess the photographer, clean their face, and potter off on their business.
I think insects can be really very cute indeed, and that it is certainly possible to interact with them. Try taking a closer look – you might be surprised!