A creature resembling a giant moth, this cryptid is said to have glowing red eyes, the body of a man, and the head and wings of a moth. The Mothman is seen as a harbinger of disaster and death with reports dating back to the 1960s. Though generally centralized to areas of West Virginia, claims of seeing the Mothman have been reported all over the world.
The first such report originated in November of 1966 in Clendenin, WV where five men were digging a grave at a cemetery and reported seeing a “man-like” creature flying just low from the trees over their heads. Later that month, two young couples from Point Pleasant, WV reported to authorities that they had seen a large white creature with glowing red eyes. The report also claimed that the creature had large wings and followed them as they drove in an area outside the town known as the “TNT Area” (a former WWII munitions plant). In the following days, others reported sightings of a creature fitting the same description, including two volunteer firemen that described the creature as a “large bird with red eyes”. The most notable appearance of the Mothman was in correspondence to the infamous collapse of the Silver Bridge that resulted in the death of 46 people on December 15, 1967.
In the paranormal community, it is unclear as to what the creature actually is with claims theorizing the origin of Mothman as extraterrestrial, a supernatural manifestation, or simply an unidentified cryptid. In his 1975 book The Mothman Prophecies, author John Keel claimed that the Point Pleasant residents experienced precognitions including premonitions of the collapse of the Silver Bridge, unidentified flying object sightings, visits from inhuman or threatening men in black, and other bizarre phenomena.