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Australian man spots bizarre 'creature'

By T.K. Randall
August 17, 2021 · Comment icon 4 comments

Not something you typically come across... Image Credit: Reddit / adrianbnd
A man from Melbourne recently came across a rather bizarre natural phenomenon in his local neigborhood.
When the man, whose name has not been disclosed, first came across the spectacle, his first impression was that he had stumbled upon some sort of large spider.

On closer inspection, however, it became apparent that he was looking at a large congregation of large, hairy caterpillar-like insects which were all writhing around on top of one another.

Keen to get to the bottom of the mystery, he posted footage on Reddit.

"I was just trying to enjoy my walk. Thought it was a giant spider at first!," he wrote.
"Clearly no social distancing here."

It didn't take long for someone to identify the mystery critters as the larvae of the spitfire sawfly which have a habit of clustering together to help protect themselves from birds.

Fortunately, despite their unusual appearance, they are quite harmless to humans.

I was just trying to enjoy my walk. Thought it was a giant spider at first! Clearly no social distancing here. from melbourne

Source: Mail Online | Comments (4)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by jethrofloyd 1 year ago
A caterpillar's party!
Comment icon #2 Posted by MissJatti 1 year ago
The way they were moving looked like a broken toy
Comment icon #3 Posted by Orphalesion 1 year ago
Really? I saw those guys all the time when walking in Toohey Forest in Brisbane. They do look cool when they move.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Golden Duck 1 year ago
We call them spitfires

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