SCP-4276
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Item #: SCP-4276
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A non-anomalous instance of Chrysidinae. Photographed and tested for abnormalities by Dr. ████.

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: All instances of SCP-4276 are to be held collectively within a glass observation chamber, and smoke exhalers are to be embedded within each corner, allowing quick neutralization and dispersion of the colony. SCP-4276 are to be fed a 250g mix consisting of 70% fruit and 30% dead insects, primarily small spiders, and ants, 4 times a week. No species larger than a common mouse are to be fed to SCP-4276. SCP-4276 is to be observed twice a month for any signs of colony growth, in which case, mandatory culling is to take place through smoking SCP-4276's containment chamber and extracting excess occurrences. Only 20 instances of SCP-4276 are to remain alive at one time.

Any testing of SCP-4276 must be performed by Class-3 personnel or higher, moreover, it must first be approved by Class-4-4276 personnel assigned to SCP-4276's containment. Any staff who interact with SCP-4276 must allow themselves to be subject to an MRI scan, medicinal treatment, and pyrethroid cleanse at any moment. Any and all recreational audio-visual appliances are to remain outside of SCP-4276's containment. In case of a containment breach of SCP-4276, all instances of SCP-4276 are to be terminated and the site is to be placed into lockdown. It is unknown if the entirety of SCP-4276 has been contained.

Description: SCP-4276 is a tribe of insects descending from the family of Chrysididae1, more commonly known as the cuckoo wasp. SCP-4276 shares many similarities to its relatives, including kleptoparasitic breeding habits and structural coloration. SCP-4276, however, appears to possess a greater diversity for structure amongst its family, allowing varied shades of green, blue, pink, red, yellow, magenta, and combinations of the group. Certain cases of SCP-4276 have also grown considerably larger than non-anomalous species, ranging from 1.2 cm (0.5 inches) to upwards of 5.1 cm (2.0 inches)2. SCP-4276 possess an ovipositor to assist in egg insemination, although not only do they substitute the area and functionality of a stinger, males appear to lack both.

SCP-4276 is for the most part identical in behavior to their non-anomalous counterparts, save for an apparent quirk of newborn wasps to create 'colonies' near hatching points. Newborn SCP-4276 instances also appear to mature especially quickly, as most natural births take place after about 3 days, compared to a full week. SCP-4276 does not appear to prefer eggs to host their larvae in3, rather introducing its larvae to both living and freshly killed animals. SCP-4276 has been discovered having infected:

  • (4) White-Tailed Deer.
  • (2) Desert Cottontail.
  • (1) Red Fox, observed consuming a Cottontail.
  • (1) Black Bear.
  • (1) German Shepard.
  • (4) Human males.

Discovery: SCP-4276 was first discovered 8km east of Oak Creek, Colorado after 4 individuals (henceforth designated POI-4276-1 through 4) were reported missing. One such individual was a Jebidiah Carswell4, an avid hunter, community spokesman, and known associate of The Board of the Highest Huntsman. Foundation agents found that Mr. Carswell had recently purchased a hunting cottage near Stagecoach State Park, and had emailed a select few of his colleagues to meet him that weekend. Foundation agents were successful in obtaining Mr. Carswell's property records and quarantined the cottage, which had become infested with SCP-4276. Mr. Carswell had allegedly scheduled a hunting trip for his colleagues and, after a failed night of searching, decided to celebrate instead. MTF Lambda-12 was dispatched.

SCP-4276 does not hatch easily in conventional conditions, as controlled trials using rats revealed only a ~20%6 successful birthing rate. Use of carcasses during trials reduced this number to ~16%. It is currently unknown how to keep the size of SCP-4276 in containment at a stable number, as breeding seems unreliable at best.

SCP-4276's primary anomalous properties were discovered during a routine cleaning of the facility after janitor ███ clocked into SCP-4276's testing chamber.

The janitor ███ had entered the chamber during a trial on grounds of 'routine sweeping' but was distracted by a Bluetooth speaker fastened to his belt, causing him to be unable to hear Researcher Calloway's shouting. Background noise within the chamber immediately spiked to about 95db, whereupon erratic shuffling was noticed from the subject.

Subject unexpectedly began convulsing before ██ instances of SCP-4276 violently erupted from its corpse and began hurling themselves against the glass. The janitor ███ did not appear to notice the incident, but Researcher Calloway was able to activate the smokers, neutralizing SCP-4276. The janitor ███ was commended for his contribution and then immediately demoted to D-class for negligence.

Following recent discoveries, it has been noted that auditory stimuli meeting certain qualifications (such as bass distortion and a 90db minimal requirement) appears to cause accelerated hatching7 within subjects. Test trials commenced afterward included the presence of a speaker blaring audio. Birthing rates increased throughout said tests to ~92%. SCP-4276 can now reliably be replenished for testing. It is still unknown if any further stimuli can accelerate maturation.

Visual stimuli also appear to have an effect on SCP-4276 events, as irregular or extreme illumination shows to accelerate gestation within host subjects. The exact reasoning behind these reactions is unknown, but it should be noted the incredible increase in growth that colonies experience upon encountering these circumstances. It should also be noted that containment procedures have been altered slightly in regards to the aforementioned information: All shrubland within 8km of Discovery Site-4276 is to be tested for signs of SCP-4276 and cleansed of insect life.

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