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Driver films weird insect crawling in his truck

By T.K. Randall
February 7, 2020 · Comment icon 9 comments



Ever seen one of these ? Image Credit: YouTube / Pen News / Tommy Hortman
Tommy Hortman couldn't believe his eyes when he returned to his vehicle to discover this creature inside.
The footage, which was filmed in Charleston, South Carolina, shows a bizarre six-legged bug - complete with furry body and shovel-like head - crawling around on the seat and door panel.

"It looked alien," said Hortman. "Like a claymation cross between a squid and a lobster. It was slow and lumbering. I had no idea what it was."

Fortunately it didn't take long for an expert to identify the creature as a hag moth caterpillar.
According to Virginia Tech university entomologist Eric Day, the insect can deliver a rather nasty sting.

"The larvae I would not touch at all," he said. "At the caterpillar stage, people's reaction will vary but most people end up with - at the very least - a reddish rash."

"The stings are defensive, they're avoiding predation and parasites too."

In other words - if you see one of these crawling around, stay well clear of it.



Source: YouTube | Comments (9)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Robotic Jew 3 years ago
Don't know what it is but it gives me the heebeejeebees.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Bed of chaos 3 years ago
Hag moth larvae (south carolina) reportedly these things sting..wouldn't be happy seeing one in my car.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Joe Rogers 3 years ago
Kinda reminds me of a really tiny King Ghidorah from Godzilla.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Festina Lente 3 years ago
It’s Becoming and it doesn’t bite.  Soft and {{Furry}}. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by Festina Lente 3 years ago
....The larva is distinctive, with no close analogues, although it may be mistaken for the shed skin of a hairy spider or leaf debris. It has six pairs of curly projections, three long and three short from the flattened body, each densely covered in hairs. According to David L. Wagner, who experimented on himself, the hairs do not sting, contrary to popular belief.... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phobetron_pithecium  
Comment icon #6 Posted by Festina Lente 3 years ago
Mothophobia... ....
Comment icon #7 Posted by Festina Lente 3 years ago
All dudes, afraid of Moths.  
Comment icon #8 Posted by Bed of chaos 3 years ago
Link states "some members of the Limacodidae family do sting". Sting or no sting, it looks like the face hugger from Alien. I want nothing to do with it.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Matt221 3 years ago
"Monkey Slug" sounds like a thrash metal band


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