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Assigned Site Site Director Research Head Assigned Task Force
Site-34 Merlín Barnard Contreras Marisol Ozawa Tanija Lambda-9 ("Raid Baygon")

2/ES-268 LEVEL 2/ES-268
Item #: SCP-ES-268

SCP-ES-268-1 instance

Special Containment Procedures: Mobile Task Force Lambda-9 ("Raid Baygon") is currently in charge of monitoring possible sightings or contacts with SCP-ES-268, as well as its capture, decontamination and/or elimination as deemed appropriate. Additional protocols are still under review.

Description: SCP-ES-268 is an entomopathogenic1 heterotrophic fungus native from Chile with the ability to generate an electromagnetic field of ~32 V/m, which is used by the instances to obtain energy and grow. The mechanisms by which SCP-ES-268 creates such fields are yet unknown.

SCP-ES-268-1 refers to bees or anthophilous organisms infected by SCP-ES-268. The infection process of SCP-ES-268 in SCP-ES-268-1 is set out below:

Phase Symptoms
Spore adhesion (0-2 days after initial contact) The organism is infected with SCP-ES-268, either due to contact with spore structures or by inoculation of the same through the sting of another infected organism. The guest will not suffer from any change in its behavior. The area infected with SCP-ES-268's spore can be cleaned and decontaminated if detected early. If not, SCP-ES-268 will gradually spread throughout the body of the organism over the next two days.
Irruption into the host's body (3-16 days after initial contact) Once SCP-ES-268's spore spreads, the infected organism (hereafter referred as SCP-ES-268-1) will begin to secrete abnormal patterns of melanin, changing its coloration to a bluish or indigo hue. Also, their behavior will become slightly erratic, often looking for electromagnetic fields or materials that present them.
Spore replication (17-32 days after initial contact) After this time, SCP-ES-268-1 will head to the strongest magnetic field or material nearby and enter in a state similar to hibernation, during which SCP-ES-268 will replicate within the host. Occasionally, some spores will be expelled by SCP-ES-268-1's tracheal system. Once the number of spores has increased, SCP-ES-268-1 will awaken and begin to secrete a beeswax analog, which it will use to form small structures in which it will deposit SCP-ES-268's spores . Said structures will be coated with mucilage secreted by SCP-ES-268. Upon completion of this process, SCP-ES-268 will move away from the area and search for other electromagnetic fields that the spores can feed on.

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