Luckily, thanks to great minds like DR Karl Shuker, the creature was soon identified as a Hawk-moth Caterpillar. This one was apparently ready to shed his skin which helps explain the strange colour and eye shape.
Although the lady believed it had fallen out of the sky (certainly not impossible) it seems much more likely that it fell from a tree in the garden during the heavy rain and lightening.
I didn't really much know about these odd little guys before, but thanks to the picture and the curiosity it caused, you'll be glad to know i'm now a fountain of Hawk-moth knowledge.
And in other "thunderstorm-related" news....
Over the last few days, with the summer rain falling hard on England, I had a strange feeling that some UFO reports might come in, and it seems I was right....
Local news website Connect Cannock has reported on a UFO sighting from only a few days ago. Although details are sketchy at the moment, I have contacted them and am currently waiting for the witness to get in touch. I hope i'll be able to uncover some more details for you within the next few days, but until then, here is what we know so far:
"A Connectcannock follower contacted us reporting a potential UFO sighting in the Chase area. The object was described as being a turquoise colour before changing to white, and flying erratically through the sky."
"Is coincidental that the event occurred at the same time as a strong thunderstorm passed through the area?"
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE
Reporting back soon,
Keep watching the skies...... except if it's raining freakishly large insects ;)