A Fairy Encounter – The Plastic Beetle

During a visit three or four years ago, my young nephew gave my daughter Katie a large black plastic beetle which was very realistic looking.  Why he gave it to her, I’m not sure–he probably thought it was cool and she’d appreciate it, which she definitely did.

After he left, she put it on a moulding above a stairway in our house, thinking it was funny that people might see it, think it was real, and be a bit creeped out by it.

Months went by, a year or so, I think.  One day, with company coming, I decided the joke was over and it was time to remove the beetle.

I asked Katie to remove the beetle from above the moulding and she happily agreed, thinking it had been a good joke but it was time for it to be over.  When she went to retrieve it, she couldn’t believe her eyes and we were all astonished to discover that the plastic beetle was gone and a real but dead beetle the exact same size and shape had been put in its place.

After I got over the surprise, I checked to see who had been responsible for the swap.  No one came forward to enjoy their clever joke.  In fact, everyone in the house was rather shocked and fairly squeamish about handling the real beetle.  A plastic beetle is one thing but a real, dead beetle of that size is another story.

I was at a complete loss to explain what had happened until it hit me–FAIRIES!  This is exactly the kind of thing they would do!  Here, we had the plastic beetle up there as a joke but they thought it would be much more amusing to turn the tables and have the joke be on us!  I imagine they got a good laugh out of it and I have to admit it was pretty funny and very clever, just like them.

This is the real beetle I found, almost 1 1/2 inches long--looking a bit dusty after a few years!

This is the real beetle we found in place of the original plastic beetle, almost 1 1/2 inches long.

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  1. Penny July 21, 2010 at 1:38 am - Reply

    I think I saw something fly thru my bedroom last night. I had the lights on and went in to get my dogs ball and when I bent to pick it up from the floor, this..sort of brown butterfly thing, flying pretty fast went by. I didn’t hear any noise from it, but it frightened me and I kinkda gasped and ducked out of the way..but then it was gone. It really freaked me out…scared me. I got out my flashlight and looked for it but never found anything. I told a couple friends about tonight and they both said it was probably a fairie. Do you think this could be possible??

  2. Emily August 9, 2010 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Oh My Gosh! I just remembered I must of had a faery encounter! I was 6-8 then( I’m 12 now) and it was in a dream. I started to dream about this pixie named Blue. He had pale skin blonde hair and was wearing blue clothes. He came to my dreams every night. But one night he didn’t come. I never saw him again after that and I just forgot about him till I came to this website. What do you think the reason he left was?

  3. Fairygirl121 October 4, 2010 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    Hi emily, the reason he left was most likely becuase you were growing, and as you know unfortunately most people stop believing the older you get, and he knew that you were getting older and were going to soon stop believing.
    Or, maybe you moved, or changed your bed frame to iron or somthing (some folklore says that faeries can’t stand iron, it makes them week).

  4. chloelovesmagic October 25, 2010 at 5:14 am - Reply

    im afraid to meet a fairy i herd it can be danguros they could kill me and there eyes are completely brown or whatever color is that true

  5. Kerigan November 14, 2010 at 12:55 am - Reply

    This is VERY interesting… I love the idea of Fairies being real! And I completely and totally BELIEVE They’re out there somewhere… Truly hidden in the easiest places. They could be right under our nose, and we wouldn’t see an thing. I Agree… They CAN Be a bit mysterious and DO love to joke with us Humans.
    -Kerigan, 11

  6. eva November 29, 2010 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    do u know wat shadowz r?

  7. Tat January 2, 2011 at 5:46 am - Reply

    Emily’s story reminded me of a dream of sorts I had when I was around…13 years old (I’m 18 now). Now, for some reason, I dreamed about this one teen guy for a week straight in one form or another. He had tan skin, dark hair, and these blue/green eyes that seemed to swirl in their irises plus a yummy body to boot! (I know, gotta keep it PG for some of the kids lol) Anyways, he would always visit my dream each of those nights but would never talk. I would communicate with him but he usually smiled and gestured for me to go somewhere. On the last day, we were in this strange zoo/museum of sorts and we were on a bridge underneath an alligator exhibit and he stroked my cheek and finally said something: “Goodbye, Tatiana”. I felt sad and choked out “why?” and tried to call him back but he just smiled sadly and left amongst the crowds. I still remember him to this day because it was one of the strangest things I’ve ever experienced. The funny things about my dreams is usually I feel completely apart of it to actual feel and touch of objects and emotions. I never thought much of it except for it being the brain working but…that encounter just seemed too bizarre (especially to have the SAME GUY for a week straight). I used to be a full-time believer in faeries and sometimes when I’m alone, I still talk to myself and sing when in nature (like a park or my backyard) but I don’t think anyone except I can hear me. Still, it’s wonderful to know that others can see these beautiful beings and realms 🙂 I’m personally dreaming about selkies and fae, myself now ;D

  8. Emerald January 19, 2011 at 5:05 am - Reply

    Hi I live in North queensland ,Australia and I have never had a fairy experiance.Is it to do with the place I live in?Or the fact that I have a cat?Please help!

  9. Cheri August 22, 2014 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    I was sitting on the porch last night with my dogs near, at dusk, watching fireflies and bats as I have done for 20 years. I am 65, am moving from my beloved farm in the laurel highlands of Pennsylvania, in a few weeks. To my left , about 4 feet from the ground came a very fast moving transparent creature, slightly erratic in its flight pattern, 4 or 5 inches high, I thought it to be a huge mayfly except for the speed. It was over in a second. I woke up in the middle of the night and realized I had perhaps seen a fairy, there is a giant hyacinth bush with dinner plate sized flowers lots of them, is where it appeared to have come from. I hope to see it again but was too fast to get any detail of what I saw.

    • Natalie Lynn August 22, 2014 at 2:55 pm - Reply

      That’s fascinating! It could be something from the fae realm so you might want to watch for further signs of them for the next few weeks while you are still there. Let us know if you have any new experiences!

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