This scary footage of a mystery insect found in Australia is freaking people out
If you're anything like me, you get creeped out by things pretty easily. The likes of spiders, moths and other types of insects make my skin crawl, so when I heard about the moth-caterpillar-worm hybrid that has been found in Australia, I naturally felt something of a shiver down my spine.
Footage of the freaky, and quite frankly disgusting, insect has appeared online after it was uploaded onto Facebook by a man called Gandik. Since the video emerged on Thursday, it has been viewed more than 37 million times by people who are both intrigued and horrified by what they are seeing.
People have been lending plenty of guesses as to what the beast is, with one user saying it is a "rare Pokemon" and another one saying that it was "definitely a suicide spider moth demon". Obviously, the insect is neither of those things, and despite it being absolute terrifying and looking like nothing I've ever seen before, it does have an official name.
The insect is actually a Creatonotos gangis moth, and the tentacles that you can see coming off of its body are scent organs which emit pheromones in order for the moth to attract potential mates.
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House offers a bit more information regarding the species.
"The adult moth of this species has brown forewings, each with a broken dark streak. The hindwings are white. The abdomen is red or sometimes yellow.
"The males have four eversible coremata at the tip of the abdomen which emit pheromones, each when inflated is longer than the abdomen. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms."
The moths are generally found across the north of Australia, Western Australia and parts of Queensland. However, despite it being a fairly common occurrence across country, commenters on the post did not give a damn what the creature was.
One commenter said: "I would literally burn the house down if I saw this." Another frightened user added: "Give him the keys and tell him the house is yours." And one user decided that they had enough of this world: "What devilish creature sent to destroy us is this? I’m leaving Earth by the way… anyone coming?"
While sightings of the moths are pretty rare in other parts of the world, giant moths are apparently making their way over to the UK. There are various species making their way over to the grey shores of the UK, and wildlife and bug lovers are being told to look out for them and report any sightings to their local conservationists.
Richard Fox, head of recording for the Butterfly Conservation, has given some insight into how you can find these moths:
"A quick check of ivy blossom on a sunny autumn day will reveal bees, hoverflies, butterflies and other insects, all making the most of this seasonal bonanza of nectar.
"After dark, the pollinator nightshift takes place and a myriad of moths come out to feed.
"For this year’s Moth Night, find some big patches of ivy flowers nearby and go back with a torch after the sun has set. It’s a fantastic and easy way to see some of the beautiful moths that are on the wing in autumn."
Well I don't know about you, but after seeing that frightful beast, I don't think I'll be heading to Australia any time soon.