(WATCH) Bizarre Footage Of Moth From 'Another Dimension' Goes VIRAL
Insect cause concerns that a dimensional portal has opened
Strange footage of a tentacled moth in Indonesia has sent the internet into meltdown after online viewers were convinced its terrifying appearance is from another dimension.
The video, which was recently posted online, has become a sensation across social media after being shared thousands of times in the space of a few days.
The moth's unnerving image has provoked wild reactions as it looks like no other species of a moth on this earth or a least this dimension.
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Disclosed.tv reports: The moth is actually well known to entomologists who have come forward to say that the moth in the footage is called the Creatonotos gangis which can be found in numerous areas of south-east Asia and certain parts of Australia.
Native farmers to the areas where the moth is indigenous will also be able to recognize the distinctive insect as it is known to be a minor pest which gorges itself on a diet of groundnuts, rice, ragi, sorghum, coffee, sweet potato and Lucerne crops. They have also shown a particular fondness for pomegranate trees. But what are the bizarre tentacles for?
These dangling appendages are called coremata and are actually the scent organs of the moth which they use to produce pheromones to attract potential mates. Interestingly, these coremata will only be able to develop and produce the scent pheromone if the moth feeds on plants which produce highly bitter and toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids. While ingestion of pyrrolizidine alkaloids can make much larger creatures such as cows and sheep very ill, it apparently causes no harm to the bizarre little moth and actually appears to form a fairly significant part of its diet.