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Weird 'rat-worm' shows up on woman's porch

Posted on Saturday, 28 July, 2018 | Comment icon 22 comments

What the heck is this thing ? Image Credit: Facebook / Bex Deen / ViralVideoUK
Footage showing a weird creature wriggling around on the floor has gone viral after being uploaded online.
The disgusting five-inch-long critter was filmed by Bex Deen in Southampton, England.

"Found this slithering round in my porch," she wrote. "Feel like I'm in an episode of Stranger Things."

It turns out that this rather peculiar creepy-crawly is actually an insect known as a rat-tailed maggot. It is the larval stage of a type of hoverfly that resembles a honey bee when it is fully matured.

What makes this one particularly unusual is its large size - most only grow to around 2 inches.

The long 'tail' is actually a tube that the creature uses to breath while submerged in water.

Source: Sputnik International | Comments (22)

Tags: Rat, Maggot, Worm

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #13 Posted by schizoidwoman on 29 July, 2018, 13:08
What a chubby fellow!
Comment icon #14 Posted by DirtyDocMartens on 29 July, 2018, 13:49
That's what she said.
Comment icon #15 Posted by pallidin on 29 July, 2018, 15:27
Sexualized comments are discouraged. Just a gentle reminder.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Black Monk on 29 July, 2018, 16:57
Comment icon #17 Posted by freetoroam on 29 July, 2018, 17:13
Hey peeps, so its ugly and slimey, but there are uglier and slimier  humans.  Anyway, here they are ( the rat tailed maggot / drone fly)...not the human.  
Comment icon #18 Posted by ChaosRose on 30 July, 2018, 1:04
Geez...where does she live? Chernobyl?
Comment icon #19 Posted by Legendarren on 30 July, 2018, 12:11
Definitely a caterpillar of some sort. You can tell by the way it moves.
Comment icon #20 Posted by TripGun on 30 July, 2018, 16:37
Deformed caterpillar.
Comment icon #21 Posted by little_dreamer on 30 July, 2018, 17:29
"rat-tailed maggot" - Thanks, I needed a new way to curse someone.
Comment icon #22 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 2 August, 2018, 13:19
It almost appears as if the caterpillar got out of its cocoon, but the shell of it got stuck in the end, making it look like it has a tail.

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