Imgur user Robbie1249 of Brisbane, Australia recently turned to the internet for help after his parents opened their water meter "for the first time in ages" and discovered a horrible biological nightmare straight out of some disturbing anime. He posted an image of the disturbing object, asking his fellow Imgurians:
Imgur, can you help? My parent's opened their water meter box for the first time in ages, and found this inside. We have no idea what it is. The box is probably 20x40cm. There were flies buzzing around but no other animals we can see. Kinda afraid to remove it until we know what it is.
Without further ado, here's the pic.
Are those eggs? Is this thing going to jump out and plant a baby in my stomach?
In case you're not already puking, zoom in on that pic. It's like it's looking at you.
True to form, the people of Imgur were mostly unhelpful.
But thankfully, some people who are familiar with the dystopian wildlife of Australia were able to help him out. Robbie1249 happily updated his post with a positive ID on the critter responsible.
Edit #2: OMG you did it! Thank you Omnirock, TexasRaised, and others... looks like it's Tetragonula (a kind of stingless bee, that I'd never heard of until now).
So it turns out that not only is it something from this Earth, it's also harmless. But you'd never know it from that terrifying picture. Here's a video of a tetragonula hide in action.
Seeing this enthusiastic Australian couple poking at that hive almost makes it seem cute. Just kidding, I would still torch that thing with a flamethrower first chance I got.