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This is not a report of unusual phenomena, but I do have something helpful to contribute!
In the "odd animals" section I've read I think four different posts regarding hummingbird-like creatures, one described it as like a little furry lobster with wings, all mention the super-fast wings and hovering and the butterfly-like proboscis. Well, I have seen these guys many times! They are called hummingbird moths, or hawk moths. Scientific name is Hemaris thysbe. If you google it you can find lots of pictures and info on them. I can certainly see why people are baffled by these guys, when I first saw one I couldn't figure out what the hell it was either. They mimic a real hummingbird so well, but are also so clearly insects, it's freaky! I see them every summer for the last several years in the flowerbeds, here in southwest Wisconsin. I've always wanted to catch one so that I can get a really good look at it, study it, but no way- they are far too fast! And also I wouldn't want to hurt them, they seem very delicate and rare. Now I just hope the people who asked about these odd and beautiful creatures come back and read this, and find the solution to their mystery!

Tara Martin <tarancognita at gmail dot com>
Madison, WI USA - Monday, February 27, 2012 at 23:46:28 (PST)



This happened this morning around 5:50am.

I woke up due to allergies and went to sit on the couch in the living room with a glass of water. Our couch is next to windows that overlook the back yard. We have a 10X10 patio right outside the same windows.

I saw something black at the far end of the patio (literally 10ft. away) no larger than a human fist. My first thought was bullfrog. I moved slightly to get a better look and the thing scurried to behind the grill. It then ran along the side of the house towards the window. It was not hopping, and it was not running like a normal mammal. It had no tail. My next thought was giant spider. It ran towards the grass. It did not move like a spider, and there was no light between 8 legs. It also did not have a separate head and body like a spider.

The best way I can describe it after seeing it move is guinea pig. Since we live close to the county line, we are out near farmland, not near the city, and we have giant hawks that would eat an unsuspecting guinea pig in seconds.

I could not tell its head from its body from its legs. I have never seen anything like it. Please let me know if you have. I would really prefer a simple explanation for this over something bizarre.

Diana <~~@kkpsidi@hotmail com@~~*>
Indianapolis, IN USA - Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 03:24:02 (PDT)



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I was 12 ,now 37.I lived in the country .my dog and i were walking and noticed neighbors horses were out in road.on top of hill there was an animal i have never seen before.it had long tan hair ,human-like body, dog legs,long nose and it was staring right at me.as we were staring at each other it slowly rose to its hind legs and stood strait up,turned around while still looking at me and walked upright on two legs over the hill.it stood about 4ft tall.i dont know what it was,but i could tell it was smart.
julie
royse , tx USA - Friday, February 10, 2012 at 20:49:21 (PST)


It was a very sunny afternoon in India. We were visiting the Tropical forests of south India as a part of our project. We had to travel a little into its dense. I had a partner from Zimbabwe and we were walking at the last of the line enjoying the rich funa and flora around us. Suddenly i was startled when a bird came and sat on the branch of a tree very near to us. Before we had a closer look, it flew away to the woods. But we recalled that it had a strange slippery green texture with rotten egg smell. It had two big legs even bigger than its wings with pale yellow eye. We werent able to recall if it had a rectina or not. But as far as we had noticed, its eyes were plane. The wings where black I guess (or may be a bit brownish). It was giving a shreking hum, sort of an electrical pitch. This was first in my life I got so cold shiver that it took few seconds for me to even move my legs. We are searching everywhere to know where does this spicies belong to. Please help us if anyone has seen something similar or knows something about this wierd looking creature.
Aliena <alienaos123 a gmail com>
USA - Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 00:11:19 (PDT)









When I was about 7 I saw an animal that looked like a cross between a scorpion and a spider. It was shiny black smooth with no hairs. It had the pinchers like a scorpion it's body looked like a scorpion. But where the body ends and the tail begins is where it differed from a scorpion. It was thick and flat and did not have a stinger it sort of just ended kind of squarish. The odd thing is that it was dangling from a silk thread that was coming out from the tip of it's flat tail. Just like you would see a spider descending. It was aggressive? This happened in my back yard along a fence. I lived in southern California in a subbverve of Los Angeles. I have seen pictures of wind scorpions and that's not what I saw. This thing had both pinchers like a scorpion short legs a fat flat tail about equal in size to its abdomen. It's length was probably about 7 inches including it's tail not it's arms or pinchers and the abdomen was about 1.5 to 2 inches without it's legs. I have not been able to find out anything about any similar animal on line. If anyone knows what this could be pleas let me know. Thanks
JM <Rlpmgonzalez a yahoo com>
CA USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 23:02:46 (PDT)


Every night I go outside and just stand. Feel the air, look at the sky, watch the cats. But one night, I was standing there, and a very loud sound came out of the woods.I'd never heard it before. It was very very loud too. It sounded like a loud oo-wee-oo fading out, then 3 oo-ee-oos spoken normally. I still cannot figure out what animal it could be.
Nick <nbbeck at gmaildot com>
USA - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 13:22:18 (PST)



I was wide awake one night out on a walk in the Californian desert. I had stopped on a bridge that crossed a waterway. Everything was dry below me during this season. I was looking down at some plants and the concrete below that was lit by low pressure sodium lights( the ones with a dull orange glow) when I saw a creature that moved as fast as a cheetah but was darker than a panther. It moved fluidly and exceptionally fast straight through the waterway. It quickly covered the short distance between us and passed me under the bridge. I moved to the other side quickly to see where it had gone. I checked around and it was no longer "there". The creature was not "mundane" whatever it was.

I was again out walking in the desert at night in a residential neighborhood. I noticed a "cat" near the corner of a poorly lit intersection. For some reason I stopped and looked. I'm not really sure why. The cat's body began shape-shifting into something that looked like a very large weasel or ferret. It began changing into something else. I watched in terrified fascination then I felt the urge to "GO". I walked quietly and quickly away from the thing. I went back into downtown and wondered what I had just seen. What the hell had I seen? Believe what you will. I have no reason to waste my time and energy making up these accounts.

Michael O <michaeloikle at hotmaildot com>
USA - Thursday, January 06, 2011 at 22:37:41 (PST)



over the last couple of years I have gotten into crafts. One day I was looking around my bedroom (the only place I have to store my craft items) and decided it was time to get them a little more organized. So I started pulling things out and my entire floor was covered. It was getting late so I decided to just leave everything as it was until the next day and went to bed. I was just starting to doze off when I heard a rustling bedside my bed but I didn't think much about it as I figured it was my Yorkie dog, but when I discovered the dog was not in my room, I yelled for my son. He came in and looked around but saw nothing and while he was looking, a white object about the size of a medium size bat flew over my bed into the corner of the room and just disappeared. While it was zooming over my bed I was saying ooooh my son asked what was wrong and I asked if he didn't see the flying "thing" and he said no Needless to say this experience shook me up!! Does anyone know what this could mean?
ann <grany6 at webtvdot net 111>
gordonsville, va USA - Friday, October 15, 2010 at 21:27:18 (PDT)



I had a odd encounter next door to my house in Scotts Valley, CA I was about eight or nine when I had this happen, I'm now 42. What I saw was a shock and put me on the run when I saw it. I was playing in a church that had front area that had benches and long low planters. I was only 100 feet from my house as i walked in from the side.

I saw what looked like a giant bumble bee! Yes hard to believe a wing span of 5 or 6 feet black and white stripes.
The odd thing was when I saw it it was flying away from me it was soaring like a bird with no buzzing. I got out of there quick and hid myself till my parents got home. They
thought nothing of it, thought I was telling stories. Years later my sister said she had seen a giant bee about 100 feet from when I saw it, But first heard a buzzzing, turned to see a giant bee!

As far as I'm concerned it is some sort of tech goverment experiment. I don't think it was living, but my sister
had a face to face, she may feel differint about it, I'll need to ask

Bryan Keeler <b.keeler at yahoodot com>
santa cruz, ca USA - Saturday, October 02, 2010 at 14:21:13 (PDT)



I was in Connecticut at the Ct River, i was with my whole family of 7. I was of course the youngest and running ahead of the family. While i was running ahead i ran into an animal i was extremely unsure of. I screamed to my dad to come over and he yelled at me not to touch it. It looked like a giant catepillar but with a beak. It had a big black beak and its color was that of skin(tan). Above its eyes had blue circles like a catepillar would have and it had catepillar legs. But a beak? And it had no fur like most catepillars i have seen. Ive been searching all over and have found no proof of an animal like this existing. Im still searching to this day, and its been close to 15 years later. Im curious if it was a new species or an endangered one, or an animal in a half life cycle, like a catepillar who only stays in that shape temporarily. The fact that ive never heard of catepillars having beaks and this one most deffinatly did, and it was aggressive with that beak (broke a twig in two).
Anna Stasia <Annalovesme49 at yahoodot com>
USA - Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 18:37:43 (PDT)



Well this story has many witnesses who have dived into the deep parts of boone lake there are cat fish the size of VW beetles not long ago there was Divers and some other people one person was my cousin the divers go to the bottom of the lake and come up very quickly pale white and scared and sayed they would never go back down there without a cage for portection due to the biggest catfish they had ever seen they said the fish had to be at least ten feet long and probably weight tons scary? Very these divers aren't the first to report this many other people have seen these huge fish.
Jesse Tesneary <tesneary at yahoodot com>
Johnson City, TN USA - Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 20:26:24 (PST)



It was Sunday afternoon around 4:30; my sister and I were bringing in some apples and pears our friendly neighbor had given us (she had a surplus of the fruits from off her trees) when we saw it. It was outside, just hovering around our houseleek plants.

At first we thought it was a humming bird, a very small hummingbird, but it had antennae, and was sipping from the plants with a proboscis similar to a butterfly's. The thing also had six legs like an insect, but it was so strange looking! Its tail was a burgundy color while the rest of its abdomen was light green. Its wings were moving too quickly to see what they looked like, but they were sort of a burgundy blur.

My sister and I ran inside quickly to get our camera cell phones. We came back in time to take a few pictures each, but the thing disappeared when we called our mother to come and see it. It just flew away.

We don't know what it was. But we do know it was real, and we have the pictures to prove it!

Paula Boulton
Mineral Springs, NC USA - Sunday, September 07, 2008 at 13:54:54 (PDT)



I was in the car with my mom.It was night.She was driving normaly,when this thing ran infront of the car.It looked like a cat but had the tail of a lion.It had small black spots,and was an orangish yellow.it ran so fast we didn't even have to stop for it to pass.It looked like it had two spikes above it's shoulder blades.
DK <dkcatcon at aoldot com>
USA - Monday, August 18, 2008 at 12:44:12 (PDT)



Went canoeing in a local river today. (July 12 2008). I took 93 pix with an HP 945 digital with 5.3 mp. Upon downloading the images I discovered what appeared to be something strange below the surface of the water in one of the images. Unless someone can tell me otherwise, I believe I have captured a ROD underwater. It appears to be approx. two feet long and a very vivid white in the brown water. This is no kidding!! Who can I send a pic to? Thanks...Rick
Rick Christopher <rickath7 at cogeco dot ca>
Belleville, On Canada - Saturday, July 12, 2008 at 19:31:37 (PDT)



This was back in 1995 in Indiana. My mom and I were at a high school football game. It was after the game and I was waiting for my boyfriend. My mom and I saw this creature, no longer than 10 inches in length come and hover about 2-3 feet away from us. It was bright green and glowing. It looked like a little skinny person with 2 arms and legs a torso, and a head. It had two big butterfly like wings. It stayed in front of us for about 30 seconds and then shot up into the air. We both made sure the other had seen it. Unfortunately, no one else was around since it was after the game. I've never seen anything like it since but remember it like it was yesterday. I've looked online to see if I can figure out what it was, but with no luck. Was just seeing if someone else seen something like it/ knew what it was....
April_OT
IN USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 08:36:37 (PDT)



We were down in O.K. visiting our cousins. We were bored one day so we decided to go for a walk in forest. we were walking along the trail and came acrossed something very creepy. it was some sort of animal that was about the size of full grown cat. It layed on its back staring at us even though it was dead. It had a long curled snout, it was orange and had stripes, it had human like hands and feet, the claws were long and curved, the very odd thing was that it had butterflies on it and not one fly. it remided me of the mythical goat sucker, but i've seen pictures of the mythical goat sucker and it was far from that but similar in a weird way. we tried taking pictures of it but no matter how still we were the animal itself was blurred out and the backround was clear. the only picture of the animal that turned out was its foot. i still cant believe that such an ugly rotten animal was covered with butterflies and not flies. Weird Huh?
Clara
MT USA - Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 18:22:57 (PDT)



Strange Imp like apparition.
Hello! At the age of 23, I was hanging out with students and some of these lived in an old house in one of the oldest parts of where I live.
I was extending a friends hair with colored hair strands one night and stopped to make tea...walking into the kitchen with our mugs, I set the mugs down and was about to turn around to collect the kettle, when I felt a sudden, strong presence...I froze in place for how long I don't know and then I bolted for my friends room...with watery eyes and the shivers I told her: "I am not going back out there something is out there!!"
She froze, standing upright an in a watery voice she said "it's behind you, don't move!'
I looked at her and she at me, and just behind and above me...eventually she says 'It's gone' (she described it as a tall heat haze just behind me.)
I dived onto the bed and we huddled together we got to talking about the supernatural both leaning against the head board, myself looking straight, her looking at my profile as we spoke...
I was looking at her door as a breeze blew it open partially...and as we were chatting and I was looking at the growing and disappearing gap in the door...I got the biggest shock I have ever seen!
Some solid black, child sized....thing looked in the door at me, it saw that I was looking and ducked away...I actually felt the flood of adrenalin and my eyes watered in fear and my companion saw my pupils grow!! It looked back to see if I was looking and this time it lingered a little, I saw that although it was a solid black it had dark brown eyes...it kind of shook out existence like a T.V channel or Radio station would fizz out, and I was pretty shook up.
I would like to add that that many strange events occurred there, I don't know if it was due to those that lived there, or residual or spiritual activity or a combination... I do know that when a friend and I ever stayed over at that house, we would camp together and wait till it was light out, before we slept, I cant remember if we ever discussed this behavior though.
This is a true account of an experience that I had many years ago, I don't know whether this was a true psychic occurrence or one brought on merely by high imagination and suggestion, brought on by the first encounter that was felt by one, and witnessed by another at the same point of contact...I have been having experiences since childhood and this one had the feeling of presence, but at what mood I am not sure...
I just remember those dark hazel-wood eye's and it's dark solidness..and it's feeling of awareness, It's something that I will never forget!!
Thank you for reading x x please be careful when dealing with the unknown, blessings to all.
Kell

Kell
luton,bedfordshire, LU2 OBZ, England - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 18:05:48 (PST)



When I was 5 years old I remember seeing this giant green worm or caterpillar type creature. I was actually hanging upside down from the bars on my swingset when I looked down and saw it. I quickly righted myself and stood there looking at the thing scared to death. It was about 8-10 inches long, about 5 inch circumference with two attenaes on top of its head that were moving up and down. I ran inside and told my mom. She came outside to look at it and we could not find it though it should have been easy to find a large green caterpillar on the ground that was completely covered in fallen (brown) leaves. Mom said she had heard of tomato and tobacco worms and said it might have been one of those since those crops grew in the area. However I have looked through many insect files online and in books and never found anything that looked like it.
Angela <doozer07_!_ at gmaildot com>
Greenback, TN USA - Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 18:37:57 (PST)



Maybe someone has seen this animal before and can help me out because I have never seen anything like this before in my life. Anyway, I was sitting in the car while my boyfriend pumped gas Thursday night when all of a sudden I heard him say, "Is that real?" I get out the car and sitting on this pole is this animal that looks like a butterfly at first glance. I get closer because I love butterfies and notice this bug had the body of a spider, but maybe six hairy legs instead of eight, and two clear antennae on the top of it's head. It's eyes were black and the size of small beads. The wings were also huge, not the normal size of a butterfly or moth, it's wings unspread were the size of a average adult hand. I took a picture of it, but I was so afraid of it, because it's eyes were so big and I just knew it was staring at me, so I didn't get very close. But so far I haven't been able to find any information about it...
Angie
FL USA - Sunday, August 26, 2007 at 01:30:07 (PDT)



We went to Rockport Texas this past weekend on vacation. My husband and I were sharing a hotel room with his parents. On the last night we had all just laid down to sleep when my father in law jumped up and went and turned on the light. He yelled at us to look at an insect that had been crawling on his pants. The insect was a small beetle with florescent green glowing eyes. The glow was constant and completely visible whether the light was on or off. This was not a lightning bug. I have spent the past hour on the internet trying to find out what this bug was, but have been unsuccessful. I stumbled upon this site and thought I would share.
Jessica
Liberty Hill, TX USA - Monday, August 13, 2007 at 10:29:29 (PDT)



This happened whenever I was about 6 or 7 years old at my grandfather's house 1979 or 1980. He has always had a German Shepherd dog to guard the house and yard and we (grandchildren) would all take turns taking care of her (give water, food, brushing, etc.). One day, I was brushing her coat when I noticed a large tick that was attached to her. Without thinking, I pulled it off of her and was about to smash it when I noticed the coloration of the tick. It was the colors of the stars and stripes except different as the white stars were on a red field and there were blue stripes. I know that someone would not take the time to color a tick the stars and stripes so I was quite perplexed at this even for my young little mind. I put it down and watched it walk around to make sure that it was real and sure enough it started to walk away. The colors were really bright against the body of the tick as it looked just like a balloon where as when the balloon is small the colors are bright but as the air expands inside the colors tend to fade and spread but the colors were bright in this case. The colors didn't look painted on also, it looked more like it was printed on the tick just like a balloon. I would estimate the body to be about a half inch from mandibles to the end of the body. I didn't notice the legs if they were different colors or just brown so I take it that it was just brown. At that time, I wanted to call someone but no one was around and I was afraid to leave the tick outside as it would crawl away and I couldn't bring it in as I had gotten in trouble for bringing in other creepy crawlers (frogs, millipedes, you name it...). I decided to just run as fast as I can and get my brother who was inside watching TV and show him. I only took what I felt was about seconds to get him but that was all it took for the tick to be gone. We looked everywhere for it but it was nowhere in sight. I know this is difficult to prove but I know what I saw and it was burned into my memory.
Chris <foxcpr at hotmaildot com>
USA - Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 11:30:56 (PDT)



AT PRESENT MY BROTHER HAS TERMINAL CANCER AND HE IS TORMENTED BY A RED CARDINAL .IT WILL NOT LEAVE HIM ALONE FOLLOWS HIM FROM HIS BEDROOM TO THE LIVING ROOM AND EVEN AROUND THE HOUSE LOOKING FOR HIM AND IF HE WANTS TO TAKE A NAP HE RAMS THE WINDOW AND PECKS HARD ON IT TOO HE WONDERS HOW HE HAS NOT HURT HIMSELF IT COMES AROUND BEFORE DAWN AND AROUND NOON ALSO BEFORE DARK JUST WATCHING HIM AND PECKING AWAY AT THE WINDOW PANE IF MY BROTHER LEAVES TO A DOCTERS VISIT THE BIRD ALSO DISAPPEARS,AND RETURNS WHEN HE COMES BACK FROM THE DOCTER HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO MAKE OF THIS AND HAS NO PEACE BECAUSE HE THINKS ITS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THE BIRD BREAKS THE WINDOW IF ANYONE KNOWS OR HAS HEARD OF THIS BEFORE WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR ABOUT IT. THANKS LUPE
lupe garica <gagarcia1153at yahoodot com>
san antonio, texas USA - Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 23:12:15 (PST)



Okay, I am a bug lover and my mom has these lilac bushes on the side of our house, well one day when I was drawing butterflies I found this strange looking bug, it looked like a lobster with fur and wings, it also looks like a moth but I have never seen a moth that looks like that, it is a amber brown (really pretty brownish red color) and has the tongue of a butterfly. I only see 1 of these every summer, I can't figure out what it is. It does make the sound of a humming bird and is almost exactly like it, it can fly with out moving and can fly back wards. I have spent alot of time trying to figure out what it is and I can't seem to find any information on it.
Makinlee <Irish_cutie_117at hotmaildot com>
Palmer, AK USA - Thursday, December 07, 2006 at 23:08:32 (PST)





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