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.
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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.