I’ve seen this on t.v. a few times and have always been quasi-interested.
here’s a few sites:
the Skeptics Side:
A rod is an insect caught in the act of flying by a video camera. Some hoaxers or very imaginative people have been maintaining that rods are actually some sort of unknown life form of alien origin. But, according to Doug Yanega of the Entomology Department at the University of California at Riverside and a member of the Straight Dope Science Advisory Board, rods are
a videographic artifact based on the frame capture rate of the videocam versus the wingbeat frequency of the insects. Essentially what you see is several wingbeat cycles of the insect on each frame of the video, creating the illusion of a “rod” with bulges along its length. The blurred body of the insect as it moves forward forms the “rod,” and the oscillation of the wings up and down form the bulges. Anyone with a video camera can duplicate the effect, if you shoot enough footage of flying insects from the right distance.*
Rods seem to be a favorite topic of UFO and cryptozoology buffs. One of the more outspoken defenders of rods as aliens is Jose Escamilla, host of the RoswellRods.com web site. Jose has even brought his story and films to The Learning Channel. Some hilarious photographs of “rods” have been posted on the Internet at the Escamilla site. My favorite is “the swallow chases a rod” which looks just like a bird going after an insect. “
( http://www.roswellrods.com )
” MIDWAY, NEW MEXICO - 03.05.1994
On March 5, 1994, Jose Escamilla videotaped sixteen minutes of UFO footage in broad daylight nine miles south of Roswell, New Mexico.
He thought this would be the only UFO encounter he and his family would ever have.
MIDWAY, NEW MEXICO - 03.19.1994
Fourteen days later he captured something on videotape that would forever change his life. He discovered something flying in the skies that just didn’t look normal.
At first he thought they were insects flying close to the video camera. After a number of tests he found out they were not insects. He found out they were not birds.
Instead he discovered something that will forever change the way we accept reality.
They are called Rods. And they are appearing everywhere, all over the world. “
here’s some vids: