The Strange Looking Creature of Claycord

July 16, 2012 10:31 am · 58 comments

Here’s a note from a fellow Claycordian who found this little creature (pictured above) in her backyard over the weekend.

I have a strange request for the good people of This morning while standing on my patio in the backyard, I looked down and saw what at first looked like a jumbo shrimp until my dog pushed it with her nose and it straightened out.

It has the skin color of a shrimp, the shape of a caterpillar, and one eye on the top of it’s head (or butt?)

The picture I have attached does not truly depict the size of this creature, but the best example I can give is that it’s nearly the diameter of a Vienna Sausage.

I have no idea what this thing is, or where it came from. I have never seen anything like this before in my life!! I am hoping that maybe somebody on might be able to help identify this strange and slightly creepy looking creature.

Anybody know what it is?

Jeff July 16, 2012 at 10:51 AM

It’s one-eye willy!!!

Original G July 16, 2012 at 10:53 AM
bduns July 16, 2012 at 10:56 AM

it’s going to be a huge moth of some sort.

biggus thinkus July 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

its all fun and games till someone loses a wiener.

MikeT July 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Yep, one-eye willy for sure!!

Erik Beeman July 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Looks like an albino cutworm.

I am no scientist.

Wildlife Biologist July 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

What you have there is clearly a corn snake.

Original G July 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

They eat some leaves on my Thompson Seedless grapes, what little they eat doesn’t hurt the plant and has not effected grape production. Often find adults resting during the day high up on a wall. They are attracted to my porch light, believe they are active mostly at night.

Screwy Louie July 16, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Any fan of NASCAR can clearly see thats Jimmy’s Johnson.

no chicken little July 16, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Most definitely a corn snake

Invasion of body snatchers July 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM

They’re here! They’re here! Lock your doors.

sam July 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM

That is not an eye.
The larva has entered the “wandering” stage and will pupate within the next 2 days.

Kirkwood July 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM

There is a tomato worm eating one of my tomato plants, I’ve looked for him/her several early mornings without luck this time. Does anybody know where hide during the day?

George July 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Dem/Rep voters who only vote their party line.

PACO TACO July 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM


Original G July 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Kirkwood shake the plant, then listen for a clicking sound.

sam July 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Tobacco/Tomato hornworms are only nocturnal during their adult moth stage. If a larva is feeding on your plants, you should see it during the daytime. They live their entire larval stage on the leaves of plants and don’t really hide anywhere. Once they’re ready to pupate, they burrow under ground and “eclose” 3 weeks later as hawk moths.

You should also check the underside of leaves for their eggs. They are very small milky-green almost transparent.

jtkatec July 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

God made that creepy thing? What was he thinking

Anon PH July 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

@ Kirkwood

The Tomato Hornworm more likely is a Tobacco Hornworm (red vs. black spike and the shape of the white lines…V for one, / for the other). The easy way to remember, V shaped stripes “Vine Ripened Tomato”…and the / shaped stripes “Strikes like cigarettes”.

They are extremely well hidden and blend in perfectly with the plant. They hide under leaves or on the stem. Look for eaten stems, and the tell-tale little black “poops” from the worm. Early morning light is the best time to see them. Look carefully.

PS the photo above could be a Tobacco hornworm pre-pupa..they are not green yet in this stage.

Anon777 July 16, 2012 at 11:55 AM

It’s GROSS whatever it is!

nightrain July 16, 2012 at 1:03 PM

That could be some type of Grub.

anon July 16, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Put it on a Ritz, good cracker!

BuggEyed July 16, 2012 at 1:34 PM

It’s a one eyed one horn purple flying purple people eater!

Elwood July 16, 2012 at 1:47 PM

It’s David Rosen!

Elwood July 16, 2012 at 1:49 PM

@ kirkwood #13

Go to Navlet’s and buy some praying mantis. They’ll find your tomato worms.


jtkatec July 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Elwood, if I have praying mantis’ssss in your yard, I’d be scared they would fly into my hair, and then I would be dancing and screaming through the yard, trying to bat them away.

Contact made, and I’d have squashed mantis goo on my hand. Thinking there must be another solution.

And mantisssss are creepy. Have you ever woken up staring up into their eyes when they are are sitting on your chest. Heart attack city.

BLABLA July 16, 2012 at 2:01 PM


beemerlover26 July 16, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Maybe it fell out of the sky with that piece of ice from the other day! 🙂

Just a Concordian July 16, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Well, it’s not white, therefore it’s either a criminal or an illegal alien. Either way, I say we kill it.

Cap'n Nick July 16, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Reminds me of the movie “Slither”.

CJ July 16, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Elwood #24 – That was mildly funny!

Charles-the-cat July 16, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Next week’s special sundae flavor at Burger King.

The kabitzer July 16, 2012 at 3:36 PM

So there it is. Could I have that back so I can try to sew it back on. Darn chainsaws.

ICK July 16, 2012 at 3:54 PM

YUCK. Good size bugger. Looks like the same type of caterpillar that use to plague our bell peppers and eggplants. Almost a slightly different tomato horned worm. ICK!

Maricela July 16, 2012 at 3:55 PM

I think is a big caterpillar

Looks like a used Tampon July 16, 2012 at 4:07 PM

without the string…

@jtkatec July 16, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Oh heck, brought three praying mantis home from work just this week. Release them early next morning when it’s cool. Don’t need pesticides, between mantis and 4 to 5 blue belly lizards have no bugs.

David R July 16, 2012 at 4:56 PM

@ Elwood

Real mature

hello July 16, 2012 at 4:57 PM

looks like ex a lazy you know what lol

RunForrestRun July 16, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Here come the zombies!!!

kristy July 16, 2012 at 5:50 PM

It’s our Concord Mayor wormie cream puff going to the city council meeting who just left under his rock.

Trout July 16, 2012 at 6:01 PM

It’s a young Wrinkle-neck Brown Trout.

Crabby July 16, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Looks like my first Wife or maybe her Mother,always what ever happened to them.

Atticus Thraxx July 16, 2012 at 6:40 PM

I told you they would come. And now they’re here. And none of you stocked up on the supplies I told you about did ya’s? Yeah, who’s the weird a-hole now?
Oh wait…..still me. Nevermind.

kj#2 July 16, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Prayin mantis are the coolest bug! Don’t hurt them they can be gentle and intelligent! Stop being a sissy!

Elwood July 16, 2012 at 7:36 PM

@ david r #38

Well, you know what they say, David sweetie.

If the foo s***s, wear it.

Bubba says hello. He can’t wait to see you..

Babs July 16, 2012 at 7:46 PM

isn’t this what the serve at the Olive Garden?

joatmon July 16, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Remember the movie tremors?

Cruella July 16, 2012 at 7:47 PM


anon July 16, 2012 at 8:03 PM

pretty sure its J

ConcordGuy July 16, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Its Mark DeSaulnier’s brain trying to determine the next step he’s to take in squadering taxpayer’s money…

Real July 16, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Everyone relax, it’s Arnold on steroids.

judaspriest July 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM

i think it belongs to John Bobbit

animal July 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM

used to keep praying mantis in my house& yards all the time. never had a spider or fly inside. they are the coolest of critters! no pesticides or poisons needed.

Anonymous July 17, 2012 at 11:36 AM

It looks like a detachable……………………………..nevermind……….

nytemuvr July 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM

You can train praying mantis to come to you if you feed them little pieces of raw hamburger…good little annual pets, they’ll eat right from your hand. They don’t leave a mess and you don’t need to spay them or get them shots….

Lindsay July 17, 2012 at 3:37 PM

@BLABLA #27,

I literally lol’d.

Happy One July 17, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I think Original G nailed it. It will someday turn into some type of sphynx moth.

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