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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid Neutralized Euclid Safe

Special Containment Procedures: All SCP-XXXX instances are to be held at Site-23 in separate climate-controlled glass terrariums (dimensions 30cm x 30cm x 60cm) with a series of small holes installed along each side for ventilation. The internal temperature of each enclosure should be kept at 25°C at all times, and the humidity at 80%. Food items appropriate to each SCP-XXXX’s current form are to be procured from the non-anomalous greenhouses and terrariums on-site, and provided at applicable intervals, with the first feeding directly following a molt. All personnel intending to study or otherwise work in proximity to SCP-XXXX should be briefed on its present form and should notify dedicated researchers promptly should it undergo any changes. All molts will be logged and recorded promptly. In the event that SCP-XXXX is discovered to have escaped its habitat, any arthropods encountered in the area should be treated as a potential escaped SCP-XXXX instance, quickly captured alive and contained separately by non-lethal means, until such time as they can be individually examined. Research personnel with Level 2 clearance or above are permitted to perform testing on SCP-XXXX with approval from Dr. Majeti, but steps must be taken to prevent the premature expiration of any SCP-XXXX specimens, due to its secondary anomalous properties. SCP-XXXX should, under no circumstances, be exposed to any insectoid, arachnid, or crustacean SCPs, or any that possess arthropod-like traits, due to the risk of anomalous cross-contamination.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a species of arthropod first encountered by initial response teams while investigating unrelated reports of potentially anomalous activity originating from a small village located in the Nicaraguan rainforest. The agent responsible for identification later specified the first signs of anomalous behavior as when SCP-XXXX-A–then in the form of a butterfly–flew down and landed on the branch next to her during a stop to rest. While under observation, the butterfly split its skin and emerged in the form of a spider. SCP-XXXX-A was quickly captured through conventional means and transported to the nearest research station for analysis. Two additional species-change events were recorded during this period.

SCP-XXXX is capable of–through a process not yet fully understood–spontaneously changing its form from one species to another through a process similar to molting expressed in many typical arthropods.1 During this phenomenon, SCP-XXXX undergoes a rapid, total shift in anatomical composition underneath the exoskeleton, resulting in it taking the form of an entirely different species of arthropod. Newly-adopted forms are always gender-consistent2 and have been recorded to be at various points in their natural life-cycles, but are usually the youngest non-larval point available, presumably in order to maximize the amount of time occupying that shape until the next change. This is likely due to the fact that SCP-XXXX’s forms experience extremely accelerated life-cycles, and thus lifespans at a recorded maximum of six months.3 When inhabiting a particular form, SCP-XXXX behaves in a manner consistent with members of that species, but with an additional degree of intelligence exceeding expected parameters of any specimen. SCP-XXXX has been proven to retain information gathered in previous bodies (See Test-x) and is fully capable of placing its own life above the instincts of the forms it inhabits based on knowledge previously gathered. What is particularly notable is how the change seems to be incorporated into SCP-XXXX’s life cycle in two ways. The first–which will be referred to further as a “primary molt”–occurs as SCP-XXXX nears the end of its current lifespan. SCP-XXXX will find a suitable location, then undergo a slow molt (over a period of time generally lasting several hours) and emerge as a new creature, immediately prepared to begin its altered lifestyle. This can involve SCP-XXXX outgrowing and ripping through its restrictive carapace in cases where the previous form is of a significantly smaller scale than the newer one. The second manner in which SCP-XXXX transforms–termed a “secondary molt”–occurs apparently at will, and can be completed in anywhere from a few minutes to just a handful of seconds. Forms assumed after a secondary molt are commonly those of fully-grown adults (example: transitioning from the form a beetle directly to that of a butterfly, bypassing the caterpillar state) with the only exceptions being when the desired form is the adolescent stage. However, secondary molt results in drastically shortened lifespan, and an increased likelihood of physical deformities in the resulting organism. SCP-XXXX seems capable of grasping the situational application of various species, and is able to assume a form to aid it in a potentially dangerous situation. Undergoing either event appears to expend significant energy, as such, it is advised that SCP-XXXX be fed soon after each molt.

SCP-XXXX also possesses a secondary anomalous property that both complicates secrecy and aids in procurement of subjects. Upon expiration of SCP-XXXX, any other instance within a certain radius4 undergoes immediate and simultaneous secondary molting before attempting to flee the area. Obviously, despite the possible exploitation of this property to locate uncontained SCP-XXXX instances, the complications involved, imprecise nature, risk of breached secrecy, and ethical qualms make such a course of action inadvisable.

Note: In light of Incident XXXX-03, all testing of SCP-XXXX’s secondary property is to be put on hold until further notice. –Dr. Majeti

Initially, it was assumed that only one instance of SCP-XXXX existed, which was assigned a Euclid Object classification due to the unknown upper limits of its capabilities. This was disproven with the accidental termination of SCP-XXXX-C, simultaneous secondary molting of local SCP-XXXX instances and the low-level media suppression required to minimize risk of documentation of the anomalous phenomena. (See Incident XXXX-03) Since that point, SCP-XXXX has been placed on a watchlist, and Mobile Task Forces operating in locations deemed likely to house wild instances are to be briefed on containment protocol in the event of encounter.

As of the present time, there is no known way to reliably differentiate between SCP-XXXX instances and non-anomalous insects.

Specimens: At time of this article, there have been 8 instances of SCP-XXXX recovered, designated SCP-XXXX-A through G. 2 of these (XXXX-A and XXXX-C) have been terminated. In light of the results of Test

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Incident XXXX-01: While preparing for a scheduled behavioral experiment, Dr. Majeti was transferring SCP-XXXX-A–which was currently in the form of a Dynastes hercules (hercules beetle)–to a portable container for transport. Unknown to all personnel on the research team, SCP-XXXX-A had undergone primary molt while still inside the exoskeleton of the large beetle, and was remaining concealed within. Dr Majeti noticed that the specimen was far lighter than it should have been, realizing the situation quickly thereafter and attempting to replace the shell. Before he was able to, SCP-XXXX-A had assumed the previously-undocumented form of a Paraponera clavata (commonly known as the ‘bullet ant’) and emerged from the discarded carapace, stinging Dr Majeti on the left hand at the junction between the thumb and forefinger. The doctor responded by yelling loudly and making a number of erratic motions, which served to dislodge SCP-XXXX-A and propelled it across the room where it impacted against the wall and fell to the floor, unharmed. At the time, the other personnel present were unaware of the escaped status of SCP-XXXX-A, and moved to assist the injured doctor. One of the two guards stationed outside entered the room to investigate the situation, which was presumably the opportunity that allowed the anomaly to exit the room. Following the breach, SCP-XXXX-A went undetected by surveillance for roughly ninety-seven minutes. All on-site personnel were quickly notified, but attempts at recontainment were ultimately unsuccessful due to a faulty intercom unit failing to relay the breach warning. SCP-XXXX-A–having changed form at some point during the interim–was mistaken for a common spider and promptly terminated by Agent Franklin while she was on maintenance duty.5 Following the incident, SCP-XXXX was reclassified as ‘Neutralized’ and all personnel on XXXX’s dedicated research team were reassigned to work on various other SCPs.

Incident XXXX-02: Following Incident XXXX-01, the next instance of contact with SCP-XXXX occurred approximately eight months later. A research journal circulating through select circles of the scientific community attracted the attention of the Foundation’s information filters, prompting a covert inquiry as per set procedure. Further investigation found the source to be Dr. Olivia Cho, a notable professor of biology at the University of [REDACTED]. Contained within the journal was a thorough account of an organism quickly identified as a SCP-XXXX instance. Foundation agents were dispatched to covertly handle the incident, securing the specimen–designated SCP-XXXX-B–and replacing it with a non-anomalous beetle while simultaneously apprehending Dr. Cho for interrogation purposes. When questioned, Dr. Cho revealed that she had discovered SCP-XXXX three years prior, while on a vacation to the █████████ jungle in China. Taking into account the substance of her report, the amount of time spent in contact with and aware of SCP-XXXX-B, and the liability posed by long-term personal history adjustment, the decision was made to bring Doctor Cho onto the newly-reformed SCP-XXXX research team under heavy oversight, both to make use of her experience with interacting with the subject, and as a means to monitor her activities.

For further information concerning the integration of Olivia Cho to Foundation staff, consult Personnel File: Cho, Olivia.

A complete listing of each specimen’s recorded forms is kept by Dr. Majeti, and is available for reference purposes on request.

Incident XXXX-03: Incident took place during routine feeding of SCP-XXXX-C, which was in the form of a Brachypelma emilia (Mexican redleg tarantula). Numerous Acheta domesticus (domestic crickets) were introduced in SCP-XXXX-C’s habitat. Upon detecting the subject, the crickets displayed signs of agitation. SCP-XXXX-C showed little interest in feeding6, and was left alone. When later (after 30 minutes) observed, SCP-XXXX-C was discovered to have molted into the same species of cricket as an effort to blend in. Vegetable scraps were provided, and the subject was left undisturbed for the same amount of time.

Addendum XXXX-a: The retrieval of SCP-XXXX-E demonstrates the possibility and precedent for anomalous cross-contamination by SCP-XXXX. As such,

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