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Warning; You may not want to read this while you're eating.
I was reading a book on spy toys a couple of days ago and come across a rat that had been taxidermied with velcro holding its stomach shut so it could be used as a dead drop. I don’t know how to taxidermy rats or have any lying around, however I did have a beetle and a micro SD card.
Materials:
• Micro SD card
• A dead beetle (preferably dry)
• Super glue (optional)
• Hot sauce (optional)
Tools:
• Small scissors
• Small knife
• Tweezers
• Small paint brush (optional)

Step 1: The wings

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With the tweezers crack the wing casing open. Remove the wings gripping them as close to the base as possible.

Step 2: The abdomen

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With the knife pierce one side of the abdomen and then cut along the both sides. Snip of the portion between the abdomen and the thorax.

Step 3: You’re done

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Insert the micro SD card into the cavity you have created and close the wings. If the wings keep popping back open you could hold the wing casing tightly closed and put a drop of super glue on the line between them.
Leave your dead drop in some appropriate place. It would blend in well on its back near the base of a telephone pole. You could also partly squish the head or thorax to discourage anyone like me who would actually be interested in a dead bug.
I have seen ants dragging away dead beetles. This could be solved by brushing the beetle with hot sauce.
 
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lhayes112 years ago
Nice, I first thought that it was a USB thumb drive instead of a micro SD. I also probably wouldn't have thought of the hot sauce part.
codongolev2 years ago
it would be cool if you added this to a collection of various insects. it would make a really neat data hiding place.
rouge.renard (author)  codongolev2 years ago
I hadn't thught of doing that. great Idea.
mygibzone2 years ago
Very ingenious! I love it! Hope you win!
gnach2 years ago
WHOA! Wash your hands after the hot sauce coating. Or don't pick your nose.

This is a GREAT 'ible, a lot of fun. thanks.
Awesome. I love the attention to detail- the hot sauce part takes some thinking about!
rouge.renard (author)  SelkeyMoonbeam2 years ago
Thanks. That suggestion also came from the book. I'll have to post a link.
jasonsj2 years ago
Sorry i may have missed reading something coz I cannot actually undestand the use of this Gigabeatle. would anybody help me get it? I mean, is it just for the sake of hiding a flash card in a bug?
rouge.renard (author)  jasonsj2 years ago
That's pretty much it. It's not that useful if you're not a spy.
ctalty2 years ago
Gross!!!! lol So what happens when someone steps on it cause it's a beetle? lol! But I have to say, better than a stuffed rat!!!! Quite intricate design!!!
mediabeing2 years ago
And I thought I was...unique. You win!
rouge.renard (author)  mediabeing2 years ago
Thank you
RedBinary2 years ago
I truly did not expect that this was an actual beetle based on the thumbnail! GENIUS!
rouge.renard (author)  RedBinary2 years ago
Thanks although I can only take so much credit.
Pfarmkid2 years ago
there is nothing weird about guys running around central park picking up dead beetles.


seriously this is a great idea

Pfarmkid
rouge.renard (author)  Pfarmkid2 years ago
Thank you.
This is great !!! Could work as a "bug", with a tiny transmitter instead.
The other night I saw a program about WW2. They were using dead rats stuffed with explosives to blow up boilers. They would leave the rat in coal piles & when the workers would see a dead rat they would shovel it into the boiler to get rid of it & BOOM ...
rouge.renard (author)  Lectric Wizard2 years ago
Thanks. I don't know that much about making small electronics, but I would be pretty impressed if someone was able to make that. I hadn't heard about rats being used however the book I got the idea from showed someone doing that with fake lumps of coal.
rouge.renard (author)  Lectric Wizard2 years ago
Thanks. I don't know that much about making small electronics, but I would be pretty impressed if someone was able to make that. I hadn't heard about rats being used however the book I got the idea from showed someone doing that with fake lumps of coal.
poofrabbit2 years ago
Holy cow, brilliant! Are you entering the spy contest? Love it well done!
rouge.renard (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Thanks. That was actually my excuse for making it.
abunda2 years ago
WAT!?