Item #: SCP-2410
Object Class: Euclid
Special Containment Procedures: SCP-2410 is currently held in Area-117 at the bottom of a 600 m mine shaft in an airtight and negatively pressurized room. Because of the risk of radioactive exposure and incidental contact with SCP-2410-1, only Class-D personnel and robotic assistants are permanently stationed in Area-117. Due to regular mechanical malfunction, at least 3 Class-D individuals must be trained to maintain the mine shaft lift and pressurizing systems on-site.
Anyone leaving Area-117 must be inspected for symptoms of radiation sickness. Anyone exhibiting such symptoms must be hospitalized at Site-47 for treatment.
No other SCP items are allowed in Area-117.
Any instances of SCP-2410-2 found outside of Area-117 must be reported to containment staff and captured.
Description: SCP-2410 is a massive paper wasp hive approximately measuring 2.1 m x 1.1 m x 1.0 m that is densely infested with what is estimated to be millions of tiny wax moths (Achroia grisella) measuring between 3mm and 7mm in length designated as SCP-2410-1 and SCP-2410-2.
Biological examination of SCP-2410-1 has revealed relatively large traces of Uranium-232 in their eyes and wings. SCP-2410-1 exhibit the ability to teleport to seemingly random positions relative to SCP-2410. The positions that SCP-2410-1 teleport to is not understood at this time, but it seems that most teleportation events occur close to SCP-2410 with very few moths ever teleporting outside Area-117. SCP-2410-1 teleport approximately every 3 days (see Addendum SCP-2410-A).
Instances of SCP-2410-1 that do teleport outside of Area-117 are designated as SCP-2410-2. SCP-2410-2 are biologically identical to SCP-2410-1, but have traces of Thorium-228 in place of Uranium-232. This coincides with the next step in the decay chain of Uranium-232. SCP-2410-2 have been recovered as far as 4.6km away from Area-117. As a note interest, SCP-2410-2 are completely devoid of Uranium-232; this appears to contradict half-life theory.
No moths with material further down the Uranium-232 decay chain have been recovered or observed.
If instances SCP-2410-1 or SCP-2410-2 would teleport to an area already occupied by other physical material, the material disappears, leaving the instance of SCP-2410-1 or SCP-2410-2 in its place. This is process affects biological material, including humans, which, in combination with radioactivity, has been the cause of almost all on-site deaths and mechanical malfunctions. It is unknown what happens to the displaced material or how it is moved (see Addendum SCP-2410-B).
The mechanism that SCP-2410-1 and SCP-2410-2 use to teleport is not understood, but appears to be closely related to their radioactive properties (see Addendum SCP-2410-A). Teleportation events appear as the SCP-2410-1 or SCP-2410-2 instantaneously disappearing and reappearing.
It is unknown where SCP-2410-1 or SCP-2410-2 eat or drink. SCP-2410-1 and SCP-2410-2 are very fragile and have been killed with very little force (as low as 9 N). Dead instances of SCP-2410-1 and SCP-2410-2 have not been observed teleporting.
SCP-2410 was first discovered by civilian biologist Dr.██████ in his exploration of the Russian taiga. Upon returning, Dr.██████ began writing a report titled "Impossibly Tiny Wax Moths". Before finishing it, Dr.██████ had contacted the police claiming that most of his samples of SCP-2410-1 had been stolen and that he felt “poisoned” which at the time was radiation sickness. During the subsequent investigation, Foundation operatives were informed of the report and read it. After SCP-2410 was located and recovered, Dr. ██████'s works were confiscated. The police were informed that Dr.██████ was hallucinating after developing psychosis from being alone in the forest for too long. Dr.██████ was treated for radiation sickness, administered an amnestic, and offered counselling.
Addendum SCP-2410-A: Note by Dr. R██████
The teleportation rates of SCP-2410-1 and SCP-2410-2 appear to correlate with the half-life of Radium-224 (3.6 days) as both occur in similar amounts of time (isotopes 232U, 228Th, and 224Ra are steps in the same decay chain).
Addendum SCP-2410-B: Discovery made on ██/██/19██
Mr. Alyosha P█████████ was discovered dead in his apartment in ██████████, Russia. At the time, it seemed like Mr. P█████████ had died of a brain aneurysm, but subsequent autopsy revealed that a 6mm stone sculpture of a moth had become lodged in his brain and caused a blood vessel to burst. After several more moth sculptures were found inside Mr. P█████████, the case was purposed to the Foundation, and an investigation began. Several hundred tiny moth sculptures were found in Mr. P█████████'s apartment. After 2 Class-D personnel died from slowly becoming riddled with similar sculptures, the room was closed off under the guise of quarantine. These tiny sculpture are believed to the displaced material of SCP-2410-1 and SCP-2410-2. Since the discovery, the apartment has been purchased by the Foundation and closed to accommodate the millions of spawning sculptures.
Investigation of Mr. P█████████ revealed that he had been involved in nuclear testing and waste disposal during The Cold War. Over 80 kg of waste material was recovered at the original site of SCP-2410, and more is believed to be in the surrounding taiga. No other individuals involved in nuclear testing have been affected by the sculptures.