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Giant Caterpillar on Pillow Terrifies the Internet: ‘Burn the House’

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Lowering your head for a good night’s sleep is one of life’s joys. But one internet user shared how his bedtime routine was interrupted by an unwanted visitor this week in a post on Reddit that has gone viral.

Redditor u/rometicckles shared a photo of his new friend on Reddit’s popular r/mildlyinfuriating forum where he now has over 53,000 upvotes. Alongside the caption: “I was about to sleep when I found this guy on my pillow,” the photo shows a large spiked caterpillar on top of the pillow.

Shocked – and perhaps slightly scared – many netizens took to the comments section to react to the chilling visitor.

One commenter said: ‘My soul would have left my body’, while another asked for reassurance and wrote: ‘Can someone please tell me this is a part of the world which is not mine so I can sleep today.”

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In a later comment, the Redditor revealed they were from the Philippines as other users tried to figure out what type of caterpillar it was. Some users have suggested that it is a black butterfly caterpillar or a moth caterpillar. The most popular suggestion, however, was a moth caterpillar.

With over 2,000 estimated species of moths worldwide, caterpillars are large and often hairy. They feed on the leaves of various trees and plants.

But almost all stages of the lappet caterpillar are poisonous to humans. When the skin brushes against the caterpillar, the light spines break off and produce an irritating liquid that creates a burning sensation. Numbness and swelling may spread through the body in severe cases and red spots will appear in the area.

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“I’m never going to sleep again,” wrote one commenter: “Major protocol after this one.” While another Redditor said, “I feel intensely itchy just seeing this,” and one person wrote, “Throw out the whole apartment.”

In a later comment, u/rometicckles revealed that the uninvited guest was as long as his palm: “[I] I threw it outside after a few minutes of remembering my anxiety and mild panic,” they wrote.

“I would clean my pillow with fire,” wrote one viewer of the viral image. Another Reddit user wrote, “I’m sorry for your loss. This pillow belongs to the fireplace now.”

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“Burn it down. Burn the house down,” another frightened Redditor suggested.

Not the only person to find unexpected wildlife in his home this week, another man on Reddit shared how he discovered a huge beehive in the window of his vacation home in France.

Reddit users said, “Just watching this gives me the heebie-jeebies.”

Meanwhile, another netizen from Bangladesh has revealed how she discovered reptile eggs in an old makeup bag. Following the discovery, people referred to her as the “mother of dragons”.

Caterpillar with pillows on the bed
A photo of a brown moth caterpillar, left, next to pillows on a bed. A netizen has shocked netizens around the world after sharing the caterpillar they found on their pillow.
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