TRACY, Calif. (Cryptozoology News) — An unidentified “giant” insect reportedly came across the path of a truck driver in Central California Saturday, attached itself to the vehicle’s citizen’s band radio antenna, and flew away leaving a trail of an organic substance on the windshield.
The driver, James Morris, 45, says the incident occurred shortly after 10.30 am. He was driving on interstate 5 between Tracy and Patterson in Central Valley.
“I’ve been doing this for over 20 years, never seen anything like it. You get to see weird stuff on the I-5, no doubt about it, but nothing like this,” Morris told Cryptozoology News.
Interstate 5 is the main transportation artery on the West Coast of the United States. It extends from Washington to California and connects Canada to Mexico.
The eyewitness claims the weather was “fine and clear” and that “it all happened in a matter of seconds.”
“I had slept well the night before, so I was well aware to know what I saw. So I am driving on the I-5 near Patterson when my radio starts hissing. Anyway, as I reach for the radio and I hear this thumping noise coming from the left side of the truck. I see this big bug, looked like a beetle the size of a wild cat, clamped to the antenna, bending it all over almost all the way down to the hood. Kinda panicked for a few seconds but I waved my hand at it, hitting the window hard with my hand, and it flew away,” Morris said.
The encounter left the driver uncertain about what to do next. “I figure, how am I gonna report this? They’ll think I’m crazy or something, I mean, how the hell do you report this type of stuff? They wouldn’t take me seriously. I said screw it, and kept driving. There wasn’t any damage on the truck or anything so whatever. The only thing I did was warn a few other drivers on the radio just in case they came across it too, but all I got was a couple laughs which I knew was gonna happen to begin with, but at least I warned them. I also noticed a gooey green liquid on the front window, but it was mostly gone by the time I reached my destination.”
The driver described the body of the insect as “a shiny, red and black” metallic shell, with long black antennas that “looked like serrated knives,” and a wingspan of five feet. The eyes, he says, were big and red and “looked like it had little mirrors inside.”
“Oh we still use them CB’s, no doubt. Many companies out there are using cell phones nowadays, but CB’s are still in use, and keep in mind it costs much less than phone services. I mean, it is free you know,” the man said.
Morris says he is not afraid of having another encounter with the beast and that the strange event won’t affect his daily driving. In fact, he says, he would like to be able to see the animal one more time.
“If you think about it, what are the odds of me finding this thing again? Hope I do anyway so this time I’ll be ready to take a picture. I’ll tell my boss to add a dash cam but he is a cheap man,” Morris explained.
Insects are known to be affected by electrical fields. Some species of ants, such as the “crazy ants”, are attracted to electronics, while certain electrical frequencies actually repel the animals. Cockroaches, for example, are known for making themselves comfortable inside appliances and electronics; user reports across the internet indicate that the warmth and safety feeling inside a laptop, or a TV, seem like the perfect habitat for the arthropod.
Scientific literature often refers to giant insect fossils that existed during the Carboniferous period, approximately 300 million years ago. Gauthier Chapelle and Lloyd S. Peck (May 1999) wrote an article on this subject “Polar gigantism dictated by oxygen availability”. Nature 399 (6732): 114–115. doi:10.1038/20099. They theorized that gigantism during the Carboniferous period could have been possible due to the atmospheric oxygen being as high as 35%. According to this theory, giant insects could not survive today’s decreased oxygen levels.
Yet eyewitness accounts from all over the world suggest that there could be some unidentified giant species of insects making their way across our air highways. Experts believe evolution could have played a fundamental role in the adaptation of a few survivors from the Carboniferous period, by helping these animals adapt to our current lower atmospheric oxygen numbers.