The world is a fascinating place, full of wonders and surprises. With the rise of the internet, we now have access to information and experiences from all over the globe, including the daily lives of people on the other side of the Earth.

Thanks to the internet, I’ve come across incredible things that I never knew existed, like animals and insects that seem out of this world. Recently, I stumbled upon a photo of a creature that an Australian woman claimed to have found in her backyard. At first, I thought it had to be fake, and I wasn’t the only one.

The homeowner took to social media, asking for help in identifying the peculiar insect with pink-and-black googly eyes. Many Facebook users were equally puzzled and amused by the creature’s appearance.

After some investigation, Andrew Mitchell, an entomologist at the Australian Museum, confirmed that the creature is a type of hawkmoth caterpillar. These caterpillars are commonly found on vines, including grape vines, and are quite common in certain parts of Australia during late summer and early autumn.

The googly-eyed appearance serves a purpose. The eyes are used to deter predators, and the caterpillars can mimic a snake when threatened by puffing up their body and hissing. However, they are completely harmless.

So, if you live in Australia, particularly in areas from the Kimberley region in Western Australia to Cape York in Queensland and down to Sydney, don’t be alarmed if you come across one of these “googly-eyed” critters in your yard. They’re just harmless hawkmoth caterpillars going about their business.

Have you ever encountered anything like this before? Let us know in the comments below!