A little girl’s creeped-out reaction to the sight of a plague of bugs swarming a petrol station has been caught on camera as her family approached to fill up their car.
The skin-crawling sight of what appeared to be thousands of flying insects, believed to be mayflies, was recorded covering the petrol pumps.
They can also be seen hovering over the service station in the US state of Louisiana, as the family drives up for a closer look.
“Do not get gas,” the girl is heard demanding from the back seat.
“Look at those pumps. Oh my God!”
Her mother Heather Alas, who shared the footage on her Facebook page on Thursday, said the family stopped at a petrol station in the town of Slidellus on Wednesday when they saw the freakish sight.
The video shows how Ms Alas drives the vehicle slowly around the pumps to get a better look at the insects, believed to be mayflies, as her daughter exclaims: “I wouldn’t touch that even for a $1 million.”
She then begs her mother not to wind down the window.
A second video, also shared on social media, shows a couple comforting a terrified child as they approach what appears to be the same petrol station, covered in the insects.
The girl screams, then tells her parents “I want to get out of here.”
“It’s ok. They are not going to get you. They are outside,” the woman tells the girl, as they drive away.
Like many insects, mayflies are believed to be attracted to lights.
They hatch from from spring to autumn and only survive only one or two nights, during which time the adults mate in swarms in the air.