For those afraid of snakes and insects, this may very well haunt your dreams.
A man came upon a snake. Or, at least, that’s what he though it was. Upon closer inspection, however, he found it wasn’t a snake at all.
It was actually a string of very closely packed caterpillars, creating the illusion to predators that they’re a snake. We were fooled too!
Caterpillars tend to group in a line so they don’t get lost, following one another to a new habitat, and in so doing, look like a moving snake.
This man snagged some footage and once he zoomed in for a closer look, you can really see the caterpillars working together in a pretty organized and precise way.
Wossawat Inplang, 25, found the caterpillars outside his home in Thailand, so decided to film the long and unique chain of insects.
He noted, “They’re caterpillars or some other kind of bug, but not one that I’ve seen before. It was pretty strange. Some people look at it and they get the creeps with all the bugs wriggling around.”
He added: “They disappeared in a line in the bushes. I don’t think I’ll see something like that again.”
Commenters at the Daily Mail’s coverage of this story weighed in, with jokes like, “They are spelling out words, one letter at a time. I think they want us to surrender,” “They’re lost,” and “END of the world…According to the ‘Warlock’ films.”
Another thought a rehearsal of some sort was happening, commenting: “They are practicing for BGT. Certainly the best act I’ve seen on there this year.”
Another person warned: “Lots of these in Jan/Feb in Portugal, they can be dangerous if not avoided, as stated, they shed hairs which cause blisters, humans can be very ill, and they could kill cats and dogs by inflaming their tongues.”
Still another commenter agreed, adding: “Beware of your pets getting too close. Last year my cat licked one and she nearly lost her tongue. We were fortunate to get her to the vet in time. The center of her tongue was white and dead. Beware very dangerous.”
Another commenter agreed and hoped the homeowner took action against the pests, writing: “These are a very very dangerous pest. I hope after he made the video he killed every single last one of them with a home-made fIamethrower.”
One person offered more information about these dangerous caterpillars, writing: “They’re processionary moth caterpillars that are killing many trees across Europe. They are toxic to dogs and their hairs will seriously irritate your skin. Someone has moved the leading caterpillar to form a circle as the others will follow him by scent.”
Indeed, Daily Mail reported on these caterpillars in 2016, with a spokesman for the Forestry Commission commenting at the time: “The larvae, or caterpillars, of the oak processionary moth are a hazard to tree, human and animal health. They are emerging in oak trees in the affected areas of London, Surrey and Berkshire.”
People were advised not to try and get rid of the caterpillars themselves, but to report them.