Subject: Giant ant in California?
Location: Ventura, CA
March 11, 2015 8:30 pm
I was on a walk at twilight in a neighborhood near orchards and saw this bug on the pavement. I’ve looked at all the California bugs online and cannot ID this one. It was black, armored/glossy, and was about 4 inches long, with the head as large as a good-sized grape. The photos are a little blurry, but those are definitely mandibles, not antennae. This creature looked like something I would see in Central America.
In our opinion, your giant insect looks like something one would find in a novelty store.
I am so embarrassed! I returned to the scene of the sighting and sure enough it was a large plastic bug. Thank you for your time!!