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Giant Insect Seen on Passenger Flight

Flight X. A giant beetle. Its green shiny body opened up to show a pair of four feet veiny wings, flapping up and down at an incredibly slow speed.

That’s what Marco Gessati, a 32-year-old doctor, said he and about ten other people saw during a flight from Rome to Boston. For privacy reasons, the flight number and the airline have been omitted. Let’s just name it “Flight X.”

“I know it’s hard to believe,” explained Gessati, loudly over the phone with a strong Italian accent. “I know what I saw, you know? I have never seen anything like this. Big, big insect. Out of this world.” He had finally agreed to a phone interview after a copious e-mail correspondence. But there was too much information to be shared and he had something else to share with me: Sketches of the creature. We decided to meet at a restaurant in Boston.

Meganeura By Wikipedia Loves Art participant “The_Wookies” CC-BY-2.5, via Wikimedia Commons


Scientific literature often refers to giant insect fossils that existed during the Carboniferous period, approximately 300 million years ago. The Meganeura, extinct dragongflies with a wingspan of 26 inches, would be tiny next to what witnesses described happened during Flight X.

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 explained that gigantism during the Carboniferous period could have been possible due to the atmospheric oxygen being as hight as 35%. A giant insect could not survive today’s decreased oxygen levels. They speculate that’s what probably happened that lead to their extinction.

To think of an insect of these dimensions existing today, would turn any scientist into a heretic.

My flight wasn’t too comfortable; I had kept my eyes open most of the time, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Boston’s bug.

I met Dr Gessati at the airport. A short, fair skinned man stood next to a vending machine. He was sipping from a bottle of water when I noticed his big glasses. His hair reminded me of George Costanza from the Seinfeld TV show. This seemed to add more interest to the crazy entomological adventure I had just got myself in.

The restaurant was clean but loud, and the cold-artificial air felt good when we stepped inside the black and white tiled floor; The high summer temperature had taken a toll on us trying to catch a cab back at the airport. We sat and ordered some food.

“What I saw is not normal Michael,” said Gessati in a nervous tone, tapping the table with his chubby fingers.

He kept silent every time the waiter came by; it was obvious the doctor wasn’t looking for unnecessary fame. Perhaps -I thought- every man of Science feels this urge to tell others what they can’t explain with microscopes and other machines.


“I fly quite often, and quite honestly I hate it,” he explained, “but you gotta do what you gotta do when you are a doctor. You have to keep up with updates, conferences, etc”. His demeanor had suddenly become somber. “It was a different type of flight, the food was incredibly bad, at some points the air got so hot that I would have difficulty breathing. Funny a doctor saying that uh?” .

The waiter came back to bring the food and Gessati became nervous once again. I began thinking I wasn’t going to get anything out of this. In this line of work, it is very common to come across strange behaviors, and there is a 50% chance that the information received is not exactly what one would call accurate. I knew he was a reliable witness though, but he was visibly disturbed, afraid of talking somehow. I thought maybe his brain was playing games with him as he was trying to reconcile his scientific mind with the sight of a giant beetle flying 30,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean.

By Kormoran (Self-published work by Kormoran) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Kormoran (Self-published work by Kormoran) CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The waiter left. “I think I got a panic attack. Interesting thing is the two people behind my seat and eight others in front of me were showing similar symptoms too. If it was just me, I don’t believe panic attacks are contagious right?” He said, lifting his glasses with his middle finger, back to where they belonged . “It felt as if time had stopped, I don’t know how to explain it. That’s when I saw it. Bam! against the window. Some people turned their heads towards the noise, while others were oblivious to it. But I saw it. It had attached to the window with a clawlike structure on its big black legs. There were hairs and hooks and some sort of adhesive pad that apparently helped the animal stay on the plane.”

He finished his pasta salad, vegetarian, and the waiter came back and took the plate. I ordered some coffee and ice cream. He asked for more water and some sugar. To this day I have no idea why he wanted the sugar for.

“Then it unfastened its legs from the glass and his green, metallic body opened up. Two wings came out, I should say “rolled out”, like a rug. They were translucent and I could see it full of red veins. It looked like tree branches, or a leaf. The thing glided for about 2 seconds then it started flapping its wings, slowly. It was incredibly slow, not like a regular insect where you can’t even see the shape of the wings. His eyes stared at us, looked like a red flashlight” He stopped.

There was an old man siting on a table next to us. He was wearing a black suit and he had a suitcase at his feet. He had been listening to us, and he seemed interested in the subject. This made the doctor more timid than before. I didn’t care much while eating my ice cream. He switched subjects for a while and he told me about new medical advances and some tidbits of Italian culture. Then we went back to the creature.

“The sighting lasted, I’d say…maybe less than 50 seconds. After it, the bug flew away. Then those ten people and I began talking about what happened. I exchanged e-mails with one of them that claimed to have taken a picture, but he never replied. I never liked the way e-mail addresses work, you get a letter wrong, and that’s that. Or maybe he doesn’t want to send it to me, I don’t know.”

Gessati asked the waiter for a pen and paper and he began to draw what he saw (excuse the lack of color, but the waiter didn’t have crayons handy):


Giant Beetle by Dr Marco Gessati

Giant Beetle by Dr Marco Gessati



I paid for both meals and we said goodbye.

Marco Gessati is an intelligent man. Why anyone would make up something like this is beyond me, specially when the story comes from a doctor. I wasn’t able to contact other witnesses from Flight X.

What doesn’t make any sense is, according to the gigantism-oxygen relationship theory, the higher you go up in the atmosphere, the less oxygen there is. How could a big bug like that survive the high altitude levels? Could it be some of the giant insects living during the Carboniferous period survived extinction? Maybe they evolved at a fast pace and were able to adapt to the decreasing oxygen levels present in today’s atmosphere? But if this was true, where do they live? In caves? Up in the mountains?

Gremlins have been reported throughout war and peace. True or fiction, there are reports all over the world that speak of these creatures.

Do you believe Dr Gessati’s testimony?



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  1. David Evans

    July 26, 2013 at 7:17 am

    I don’t find this credible. How did the insect match speed and course with a 500mph airplane? No known insect can fly at more than 60mph. If they just collided with that speed difference, the impact would surely break a limb.

    And then “the thing glided for about 2 seconds”. In a 500mph airstream?

    • Jen Lendoni

      July 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Good observation. I thought about that too. But then the article doesn’t mention it was a collision in midair. It was a bug that attached itself to a window. Haven’t you ever seen a fly do the same on a car window? Maybe the bug was already on the plane when it took off or who knows.

      I don’t know about the gliding thing, but maybe the witness saw something else the animal was doing and he called it gliding.

      No known insect can fly at more than 60mph, but the thing is there is no known insect with a wing span of 4 feet at such high altitudes.

    • james

      January 5, 2019 at 2:49 pm

      Space & time is not fully understood and impossible sightings by credible people keep happening ?
      Gaps in our reality may indicate a temporary gateway to the past as bigfoot seems to me a multidimensional being unknown to science and ignored !

      Very many very strange creatures and buildings have been reported that should not be ?
      If things occur that science say are impossible then science is wrong !

      The impossible keep happening yet science sticks to its limited theories and ignore these facts !

  2. Alan Lowey

    September 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Totally believable. Unidirectional air flow to it’s trachea adaptation. The red veins is interesting because this suggests it has changed from green copper-rich fluid to hemoglobin based. These are the UFOs responsible for cat and cattle mutilations. It’s these that have evolved into Mothman-type entities. Fantastic details. Thanks for sharing.

    • Alan Lowey

      September 3, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      This insect has evolved jet-powered flight. It’s trachea tubes are not dead-ended like all other known insects but straight tubes which go through from the one end to it the other. Not only does this vastly increase oxygen uptake efficiency but the unidirectional flow allows for pressurization during this process, so that the air can be expelled at a much greater velocity than it’s entry speed.


  3. Dude

    September 4, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Pics or it didn’t happen.

  4. Frank

    February 16, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    As the end times come in, many things from the past and the future will appear. Dimensions are opening, etc. Expect the unexpected. Get close to nature. Love Jesus.

  5. Justin Mcmaster

    March 4, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Impressive, Alan Lowey. Frank, about the dimensions opening up, there is substantial evidence for that. I recommend reading The Source Field Investigations by David Wilcock. It will talk about this amongst other wonderous things.

  6. Jacob Woodland

    May 10, 2014 at 2:28 am

    Some dragonfly larvae have the ability of jet propulsion which is achieved by the expulsion of water from a specialised cavity through the anus………. Is it do farfetched that this could work with air albeit, on a larger scale?

  7. Alex poulson

    November 5, 2014 at 7:54 am

    it almost seems that O2 would be less that high, but what if it breathed something else like carbon?

  8. Mr Marsupial

    January 5, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Recently,airplane pilots reported seeing a man flying while they were thousands of feet in the air on a journey above the UK…who knows what is out there ?

  9. HollyNoelle

    January 16, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Perhaps the plane went through a time tunnel…maybe the big bug Was prehistoric…seems like anything is possible these days.

  10. Ticktak10

    October 3, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Why not, fallback all negative closemindedness, replace it. With positive open mindedness, puzzle pieces appear

  11. john

    December 31, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Nonsense. As soon as the flight number wasn’t revealed for ‘privacy’ reasons it’s all bullshit.

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