Received From: The GCBRO Online Report
Report Posted To GCBRO Web Site On: October 4, 2009
San Bernardino County, California, Marine Corps Base
Our Light Armored Vehicles were parked on a huge area of land( we called
the ramp) that is either concrete or sand, several acres in size.
One day while resting in the shade during lunch, several of us Marines
noticed something about the size of a small dog, maybe 6 inches tall and
about 18 inches long, very skinny; it was darting back and forth along
the ramp, under and between the vehicles, at very high speeds, covering
hundreds of yards in seconds. A few of us decided to investigate
and we were amazed to find that when we got close to the thing it was a
giant insect! It appeared to be a giant wasp, black and red, it was
to long to catch with a five gallon bucket, because believe me we tried
to catch it for about an hour. It moved so fast, that you could not
see if it moved at top speed at distances of about 10-30 foot. One
second it would be in front of you and then it would dart away so fast
you could not see it, and then it would be 15 feet to your left.
It was over 18 inches long, about 6 inches tall, and its head was a little
bigger than a golf ball but more football shaped. It had wings but
never did fly. When running at top speeds over the sand it threw
sand in the air like a boat leaves a wake. It made noises and appeared
threatening. It was so intimidating that more than six Marines decided
not to mess with it anymore after trying to catch it made it very mad.
I've seen big insects in Africa and other places I visited while in the
military, but never anything this big and ugly and mean and fast, it was
of Witness: Eight to ten Marines
resting in the shade.
of Creature: A giant wasp more than
18 inches long, six inches tall, black and red with a huge head, very aggressive
and very fast moving, seemed unable or unwilling to fly. Could move
hundreds of yards in seconds. Made noises.
Notes: I did some research
and the nearest insect I can find that resembles this insect was the tarantula
hawk. A wasp that lives in the desert and has similar coloring but
is only supposed to grow to be 2-3 inches in length. I sent an email
to an entomologist at a university and I got the feeling he didn't believe
me about the size, but said he didn't think it would be a tarantula hawk
because of the size.
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