Human Hand-Sized “Insect Fairy” Encountered in Effingham, IL

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word cryptid as “An animal whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated, such as the yeti.”  For the following witnesses to living cryptids, there is no dispute.  In this series of National Cryptid Society’s case files, you will read what the witnesses have experienced in their own words. 

Keep an open mind when reading these accounts, and also remember one’s perception and memory of an event can be influenced by the emotions felt at the time of the occurrence. The contributors to this series of articles are doing the best they can to recount what are in some cases very shocking and traumatic experiences.

If you have a personal cryptid sighting story you would like to tell us, please visit our “Make A Report” page on this site.

Human Hand-Sized “Insect Fairy” Encountered in Effingham, IL

Location: Effingham, IL

Date: September 2010

Submitted by: Anonymous

“My parents and I were leaving a camping trip on land we own late at night. 

We drove through a family farm on the way home. I was In the back of the truck, watching the mob of insects flying every which way. 

Suddenly a bug as tall as a human hand flew into view and made a beeline for the truck. It then reversed directions, as soon as the headlights shined on it. 

All I could see was its four dragonfly wings and two appendages that resembled human legs below its body. After it left we all asked each other “was that a fairy?” 

I have seen anything like that before or after.”

Anonymous Submission recieved Fri, Jul 3, 9:53 PM

This article was edited post-publication to correct the title.


6 thoughts on “Human Hand-Sized “Insect Fairy” Encountered in Effingham, IL

      1. hello. … I submitted the insect fairy with the video in effingham Illinois. I. anxious to talk to somebody. I have more stuff . Mostly pretty undeniable video that at the times i captured i didn’t knkw i was. And i have a story of one with about 8 witnesses that range in age from 5-45 hrs of age . I have to many different kinds..Im really anxious to talk to somebody. im not monetized and id even go anonomous . just feel i need to get these out there. the effingham fairie has me excited..maybe to much. I’ve connected some of them as of the same type or group….wow….ive looked into cryptids but its so hard to sort through. Hope to hear from somebody soon. Where I am its everybody hears from me.

        thanxx, William “Rick” Diamond

        On Sun, Aug 1, 2021, 9:37 PM The National Cryptid Society wrote:

        > chaospirations commented: “Please go to our “contact us” page… I would > like to talk to you about this.” >


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