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

By T.K. Randall
July 28, 2018 · Comment icon 20 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 (20)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #11 Posted by schizoidwoman 5 years ago
What a chubby fellow!
Comment icon #12 Posted by DirtyDocMartens 5 years ago
That's what she said.
Comment icon #13 Posted by pallidin 5 years ago
Sexualized comments are discouraged. Just a gentle reminder.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Black Monk 5 years ago
Comment icon #15 Posted by freetoroam 5 years ago
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 #16 Posted by ChaosRose 5 years ago
Geez...where does she live? Chernobyl?
Comment icon #17 Posted by Legendarren 5 years ago
Definitely a caterpillar of some sort. You can tell by the way it moves.
Comment icon #18 Posted by TripGun 5 years ago
Deformed caterpillar.
Comment icon #19 Posted by little_dreamer 5 years ago
"rat-tailed maggot" - Thanks, I needed a new way to curse someone.
Comment icon #20 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 5 years ago
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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