What IS it? Terrified woman posts a video of mystery rat-like creature found crawling in her home

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Bex Deen shared a video to social media asking her friends to help her identify a bug on her porch in Southampton


What IS it? Terrified woman posts a video of mystery rat-worm creature she found crawling around her home

  • A woman has shared a video to social media of a ‘rat-worm’ at her home 
  • She hoped that one of her friends on social media would know what the bug was
  • People quickly commented it that it could have been a ‘rat-tailed maggot’

Claudia Poposki

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Simon Rushton For Mailonline

Sometimes they say the animal is more scared of you than you are of it. And sometimes the wildlife is so disgusting you know you are more scared of it. 

But when this – a five-inch long specimen that looks like a sausage with a thin tail –  was found slithering around the corners of a Bex Deen’s home in Southampton, she had no idea what to do.

It turns out that the creature is most likely a larger than normal rat-tailed maggot, which will eventually turn into a drone fly after beginning life as an egg.

It crawled like a worm but is much larger. It has a long, thin tail but no face or legs.  

The stunned woman who filmed it also asked friends to help identify it.

One answered the call: ‘That thing is absolutely gross! I’ve never seen something so disgusting! OMG get rid of that please.’

One friend said that while the video creeped them out they could not look away from the creature.

A few thought it was an alien and a couple of friends suggested it was a rat-tailed maggot.

A rat-tailed maggot can sometimes be less than an inch long while the tail can be as long as six inches in length when fully extended.

The rat-tailed maggot is the immature stage of a drone fly that resembles a honey bee.

Bex Deen shared a video to social media asking her friends to help her identify a bug on her porch in Southampton

Bex Deen shared a video to social media asking her friends to help her identify a bug on her porch in Southampton

Many quickly responded suggesting that it could possibly be a 'rat-tailed maggot'. The woman expressed concern as to where it had escaped to

Many quickly responded suggesting that it could possibly be a 'rat-tailed maggot'. The woman expressed concern as to where it had escaped to

Many quickly responded suggesting that it could possibly be a ‘rat-tailed maggot’. The woman expressed concern as to where it had escaped to

The rat-tailed maggot is the immature stage of a drone fly (pictured), which looks like a honey bee

The rat-tailed maggot is the immature stage of a drone fly (pictured), which looks like a honey bee

The rat-tailed maggot is the immature stage of a drone fly (pictured), which looks like a honey bee

The tail is used as a breathing tube when the maggot is submerged underwater as it does not have gills. 

Rat-tailed maggots are typically found in stagnant water such as lagoons and manure pits.

The insects become a nuisance when they crawl away from their breeding site to find a dry place.

This is when then begin to transform into the adult stage.  

Ms Deen commented that she was just concerned about where it had escaped to.

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