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This creepy ass insect has the internet freaking out

This creepy ass insect has the internet freaking out”

It has emerged that the creatures is actually a creatonotos gangis moth, which is found in Australia and parts of Asia.

It's orange. It's furry, It pulses.

Aliens, Chupacabras and vampires are not just things found in a horror movie.

It looks like it's part centipede.

The original post has been viewed millions of times and users on a thread on reddit are horrified by the moth.

It's the moth part that counts.

It turns out the creature isn't an alien's pet, but a moth called Creatonotos gangis. In Australia, it is restricted to northern parts of Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland, extending as far south as Mackay.

It is defind by its white, black, red and yellow coloured body, which also features tentacle-like-legs.

The freakish hairy tentacles it has sticking out of its abdomen are scent organs and release pheromones to attract mates.

The males have four eversible coremata at the tip of the abdomen which emit pheromones, each when inflated is longer than the abdomen. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.

A man in Indonesia posted a picture and video of the insect on Facebook last week, drawing more than 40,000 comments, many from people expressing alarm and asking astute questions, such as: "What wizardry is this?". And one of the followers even commented on the video: "I would burn the house down if I saw it".

Eva Gregoric wrote: "I can't begin to describe how much I hate this".



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