'Flying Mothman' Seen over South Pulaski Road in Chicago


An eyewitness contacted The Singular Fortean Society on August 22nd to report the sighting of a large, winged creature flying over South Pulaski Road in Chicago at around 4:55 p.m.

"I have been hearing about the "flying moth man" for a while now but was skeptical about its existence. I just assumed that someone was playing a joke and that the photos that I saw online were photoshopped. Until today. 

I was driving down S. Pulaski at around 4:55 p.m., right before 55th Street. I and saw it soar right over the Shell gas station! It was really fast and I couldn't get a photo because it disappeared before i got to the light.

I guess you can say that I now am a believer as I saw it with my own two eyes."

The sighting lasted only a few seconds, and the witness compared the creature to a giant bat.

"There really isn't much more than that. I only saw it for about 3-4 seconds as it flew by," she said. 

"The rational part of me thinks that maybe it can be a giant Japanese bat that accidentally got shipped here through cargo or something like this:"

"It honestly looked exactly like it does in the following photo," she explained.

A picture taken of an anomalous flying creature in 2011 near Pulaski Road.

A picture taken of an anomalous flying creature in 2011 near Pulaski Road.

"And I was only a couple blocks away from where this photo was taken when I saw it. I really don't have any details as I only saw it for a few seconds. It was really fast! It looked EXACTLY like this."

The photograph was taken in 2011 near a local landmark, and appears to show an anomalous flying creature.

This sighting took place only a few blocks from the one in 2011, and roughly eight miles from Lake Michigan.

This sighting is the latest in a string of flying humanoid sightings in the Chicago area.  Most of the sightings have taken place near the lakefront within a few miles of Lake Michigan, although there are some starting to come from the suburbs surrounding Chicago.  The sightings generally take place in the evening or at night, often in or near a park and around water, and witnesses consistently describe a large, bat or bird-like creature with humanoid features; although in one case the creature was reportedly "insect-like." 

To report a sighting, contact Lon Strickler at lonstrickler@phantomsandmonsters.com or call him directly at 410-241-5974; fill out UFO Clearinghouse's contact form to get in touch with Manuel Navarette; or reach out to us directly at The Singular Fortean Society through our contact page.

You can view a timeline of the sightings so far here, and an interactive map here.



Tobias Wayland