Hordes of monster ‘dragon moths’ swarm UK after being lured here by heatwave

Huge "dragon-like" moths have been spotted across the country in recent days as hot summer nights tease huge insects out of their hideouts and into the sunshine.

A hoard of huge moths have been landing all over one town in Manchester – terrifying adults and children alike as they have mysteriously appeared over the span of a few days, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Posting a picture of a moth ‘the size of a hand’ on Facebook after it landed on the wall of his house on July 26, David Benzaquen was inundated with hundreds of comments and pictures of similar giant moths spotted around different areas.

He said: “It was quite strange. We saw it during the afternoon, around 3pm. I was in the back garden with my daughter and mother-in-law.

“Then we saw this alien creature – I wasn’t even sure it was a moth at first, it was huge. It was the size of a hand. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I think I was more scared than my daughter!”

And you might yet see more of the creepy crawlies as we'll soon be basking in sizzling heat once again as a band of high pressure in the form of an African plume is set to bring another heatwave to the UK before the summer is out.

The recent weather forecast for the heatwave on the Met Office website describes mercury increasing in the latter stages of August.

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But if you think us Brits have it bad, back in May this year, the Star reported how a giant moth the size of two human fists was discovered at an Australian primary school.

The over-sized insect was found by a tradesman working on building works at the site near a rainforest in Queensland, news.com.au reports.

He took pictures of his monster and shared them on social media before releasing back into the forest.

Queensland Museum’s head of entomology Dr Christine Lambkin identified the creature as a giant wood moth and said it was the world’s heaviest of the species.

It is commonly found between North Queensland and southern NSW and is grey coloured with a dark circular pattern on its thorax.

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