Driver films weird insect crawling in his truck

Driver films weird insect crawling in his truck

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.


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