A woman in Taiwan came across a strange insect that she says she has never seen before and she used her phone to make a video of the bizarre creature. It looks like a collection of long sticks and moves in a rather unusual way.
Huang Meilan filmed the mysterious creature on some rocks in Hsinchu, Taiwan.
She said she was ‘shocked’ by the creepy crawly and had ‘never seen anything like it before’.
Huang said: ‘I found this on the ground and it caught my eye.
‘It was so strange and people said different things about it. But I wanted to know what it actually was.’
Huang appealed online and many suggested the brittle looking insect appeared to be several ‘horsehair worms’ tangled together.
The parasitic creatures become entwined while they use a host to breed
But others had more imaginative ideas, with some suggesting the creature was a ‘mutant species’ of stick insect – or even an alien life form.
Miffy Chu said: ‘It could be a new creature made from a genetic mutation that we’ve never seen before. It’s a bit freaky watching it, it looks like an alien life form that has got lost on earth.’