KALKASKA, Mich. — A Michigan man says he saw a massive flying insect between the cities of Kalkaska and Grayling.
Jay MacCarroll told Cryptozoology News that he was outside of his residence talking to his neighbor when they spotted the odd dragonfly.
“It was 10 to 12 inches. It had four wings and was iridescent blue,” the 61-year-old real estate agent said about last summer’s encounter, which he claims lasted only a few seconds.
The biggest insect in the world is the Thysania agrippina, also known as the White Witch Moth, with a wingspan of 11.8 inches. Giant insects are of special interest to cryptozoologists as some believe that members of the supposedly extinct genus Meganeura, from the Carboniferous period, could still be alive.
Last year, the Chinese media published a recent series of photographs of the largest aquatic insect ever found.
Cryptozoology News reader and giant insect researcher Alan Lowey wrote an opinion article last year regarding the possibility of the Carboniferous insects adapting to today’s oxygen levels by having developed a one-way trachea tube through evolutionary means.
Arizona State University insect taxonomist Andrew Johnston, responding to Lowey, said it was “not impossible, although highly unlikely” for an insect of that size to have developed the one-way trachea tube.
“So many species remain to be described that perhaps we will one day find one that has done just that,” Johnston wrote.
Last February, a truck driver photographed a super-sized machine-like insect near a California Air Force base.
In 2011, media outlets reported that the United States military were developing insect drones, suggesting the forces had most likely been working on this project longer than previously thought. Four years earlier, reports of “tiny machines” had emerged out of the New York and Washington D.C. areas after a group of students, reportedly participating in an antiwar rally in Lafayette Square, claimed to have spotted the alleged robotic creatures. The insects were described as being “large for dragonflies” and appeared “mechanical” in nature, convincing the students that these “were not real bugs”.
Earlier this year, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced their intentions to develop robotic “birds of prey” and “flying insects” in order to aid the military during combat situations, as well as to provide support to “urban and disaster relief operations”.
But MacCarroll is certain that what he saw that day had nothing to do with a robotic device and that it “didn’t make any noise”.
“It could not have been a mechanical object. The neighbor saw it only long enough to say ‘wow’ before it flew off,” he said.
The area where the two men claimed to have spotted the large dragonfly has two bodies of water nearby, 217-acres Bear Lake and a small swamp.
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