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Time-lapse photo of SCP-114-KO's movement in a dark room.

Item #: SCP-114-KO

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-114-KO is contained in a 15 m x 15 m x 3 m containment chamber with acrylic walls in Area B-2 of Site-104. The floor is covered in a 20 cm layer of humus planted with perennial flowers. SCP-114-KO’s soil is to be kept at a humidity between 60% and 75%. Three litres of sugar-and-iron-rich aqueous solution should be fed to SCP-114-KO once every three days. If SCP-114-KO shows signs of aggression, personnel are to immediately vacate the area and placate SCP-114-KO with a solution of 50 mg of phosphate dissolved in two litres of water.

Description: SCP-114-KO is a species of insect superficially similar to Lychnuris rufa (the Korean firefly) but approximately one-fifth the size of typical members of the species. SCP-114-KO has a lifespan of approximately two months, consisting of a larval stage (4-5 weeks) and an adult stage (3-4 weeks). SCP-114-KO's most distinguishing feature are two protrusions on the tip of its abdomen that appear to be the source of its bioluminescence. Unlike its non-anomalous counterparts, SCP-114-KO's larvae can survive in water polluted higher than Grade 11, and adults do not require a body of water at all. SCP-114-KO prefers food sources containing metals such as iron, or especially aluminium. SCP-114-KO also has an apparent craving for phosphorus and will show signs of malnutrition if not regularly supplied with it.

SCP-114-KO emits a light stronger than non-anomalous fireflies, and can freely manipulate the light's wavelength between 380~780nms. SCP-114-KO flickers every four seconds, seemingly to notify others of its species where it or its prey is. SCP-114-KO’s bioluminescence has been demonstrated to attract other instances, leading a group lifestyle. Instances often respond to human vocabulary, coordinating as a swarm to form images. This behaviour suggests that SCP-114-KO is capable of understanding both human language and cultural concepts to an unknown extent.

Metallic elements consumed by SCP-114-KO are first used for bioluminescence and then excreted as waste after three hours. This excrement is made of the substances consumed by the subject (excluding phosphorus) and trace amounts of moisture. The excrement has varying degrees of strength but is generally sturdier than most conventional alloys. The Foundation is currently investigating methods to refine this material for industrial use.

SCP-114-KO was first found simultaneously in three junkyards, an abandoned warehouse, and a graveyard on ██████ mountain: all located in ██████-gu, ██████-si, Republic of Korea. Witnesses reported "blue-green balls of shimmering light floating around the junkyard", "a white, cloth-like glowing figure appearing and disappearing above a grave", "glowing axes, sledgehammers and knives cutting across thin air in and out the warehouse". Investigation revealed a mass brawl between two local gangs in the vicinity. ███ dead human bodies were found buried outside the warehouse.

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