An alien-like insect filmed in Indonesia has frightened a local family after seeing it crawling in their house.
The bizarre insect has an orange body and creepy hairy tentacles. If you haven’t seen one like this, you’ll surely get baffled.
The creature’s colorful hues make it quite attractive…
But what makes it a head turner are its long hairy tentacles.
Though it seems to be really frightening, the alien-like insect is not harmful to humans.
It is actually a Creatonotos Gangis moth, which is found in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Thailand, New Guinea and Queensland.
Those hairy wriggling tentacles are called coremata, the insect’s scent organs.
The coremata (or hair-pencils) produces pheromone hydroxydanaidal and used to attract mates.
According to lazerhorse.org: “The caterpillars of the moth feed on plants which produce pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs). PAs are produced by many plants and, in general, they act as a deterrent to would be feeders.
PAs are bitter to taste and can be toxic when consumed. Often, a plant that has been damaged will increase its production of PAs, putting off other eager snackers. PA poisoning in cattle and sheep is a relatively common occurrence, and farmers have to be vigilant when it comes to the surrounding flora.”
The Creatonotos Gangis moth preferentially chooses plants with higher levels of PAs. If it doesn’t get enough PA its coremata won’t grow and it won’t be able to mate. In fact, the more PAs the moth gets, the longer its coremata will be, and the more pheremone hydroxydanaidal he is able to produce.
Creatonotos Gangis moth can have a wingspan of about 4 cm and can wreak havoc on pomegranate trees.
Originally uploaded on Facebook by Gandis, the video gained a lot of reaction from viewers with one said, “What in the heckle and jeckle is that?”
Another one joked, “I’d burn the house down if I saw this”, while other added, “Give him the keys and tell him the house is yours.”
Meanwhile, researchers revealed this week that three-quarters of flying insects have been wiped out in less than 30 years in what scientists fear could be an “ecological Armageddon”.
They also believed insect populations are becoming trapped on nature reserves surrounded by farmland regularly doused with pesticides.