When you see a horrible bug that looks like it wants to kill your whole family, your first response is probably something along the lines of, “Oh, this must be from Australia.”
And nine times out of 10, you’d be right. Except in the case of the humble scorpionfly, that is. This bug not only looks like something out of a Tim Burton movie, but it’s also native to several highly populated areas around the globe, so good luck sleeping tonight.
A few years ago, Redditor Synnyr took these terrifying photos of what looks like a wasp with a scorpion tail hanging out in his kitchen.
Oh, and he lives down South, so these critters definitely love hanging out in the States.
Since this clearly looks like a bug from the depths of Hell, it’s understandable that Synnyr was a little freaked out about it.
The folks in the comments section of Synnyr’s original post were quick to point out that far from being a demon, this bug is called a scorpionfly. Various species of this bizarre creature call North America and Europe home.
Despite its fierce appearance, the scorpionfly doesn’t pose a threat to humans…unless the humans in question are already dead.
Scorpionflies love to feed on and lay their eggs inside of human corpses. In fact, this habit of theirs is so common that forensic investigators in Texas use the presence of scorpionflies to determine how fresh a body is when they find it.
Even though they’re supposed to be harmless to humans, I wouldn’t want to get in the way of one of these things. I think I’m going to have a new visitor in my nightmares tonight.