Tuesday, 21 Sep 2021

Couple told to ‘get exorcist and move’ after finding creepy creature in garden

A couple have been told to “burn their garden down” after discovering a bizarre creature among the flowers.

Britt Whitmarsh, from the village of Haslington in Cheshire, posted pictures of the specimen on Facebook to try and get some answers.

Her grandparents initially showed it to her on FaceTime, and she thought it was a “dried up snake”, Cheshire Live reports.

Responding to her post, one Facebook user said: "Horrible whatever it is."

Another added: "Get an exorcist."

A third person also said: "Yeah, basically burn the garden down to its roots … or, move house."

However, other people correctly observed that it was an Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar.

Animal and Plant Director at Chester Zoo, Mike Jordan, said: "The caterpillar feeds on willowherb, but also fuchsias so is quite often seen in gardens.

"When disturbed, it inflates the segments behind the head to mimic a snake.”

When the caterpillar changes to a moth, it is mainly golden-olive with bright pink bars on the wings and body.

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In June, a fisherman spotted a “partalien” creature watching him on his boat – before finding out it has one of the most painful bites in the insect world.

Bobby Sprovieri was fishing in Enderby, British Columbia, Canada, when he realised he had a nightmarish companion.

He quickly started filming what he descried as a “part crab, part turtle, part June bug and part alien”.

It appears to have a hard shell and several legs – including two longer limbs at the front.

“When I first saw it, it really threw me off,” the 39-year-old said. “I had no clue what it was, my guess was some sort of June bug or water beetle.

“Never have I ever encountered anything like this.”

He later discovered it was a giant water bug, which possesses a bite “considered one of the most painful that can be inflicted by any insect”, according to a study in the Wilderness & Environmental Medicine journal.

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