Introduction: Pesticide-proof Mutant Insects!

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Okay, i will go over the process of creating mutant insects that just might cripple anything plant related (if you have the time and money to make an army of them ;) ).
NOTE: This is for information purposes ONLY!!!! It's not my fault if a farmer blows your head off or if you shorten your lifespan, get sued, etc.
That being said, let us mutate!!!

Step 1: Get a Cage of Some Sort.

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Like the step says, get a cage. I recommend a steel crate; like the ones used for holding dogs and chickens n stuff. Then line it with some screen wire, the kind used for screen doors. Epoxy, tape, burn, weld, spit; do whatever to make it stick. Line it completely so no insect will escape or be left behind.

Step 2: Obtain Pesticides

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Grab every pesticide type, model, and brand you can get your paws on!!! Even a one legged drunk sailor can do this! The best idea, but it's very time consuming, is to go to a farm and ask every crop duster pilot and farmer what kind of pesticides they use. Then, take note of the dosage that you would normally use, and get a spray bottle with about a gallon of each pesticide/insecticide. Something like the bottle of witch's brew i put up.

Step 3: Obtain a Whole Lot of Insects, and Play the Waiting Game

Get a lot of insects of any type (locusts and grasshoppers are the prime candidates here), and let them "repopulate", until the population has doubled in size. Heck, if you want to make things REALLY cramped, let them triple, or quadruple in population.

Step 4: Spray Pesticides

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Spray less than the recommended dosage of pesticides/insecticides. Spray from each P/I bottle; enough to kill off half the population.

Step 5: Let Them Rebreed

This might be a repeating cycle... After you massacre half of them, let them repopulate again. For the cage, i suggest a door for half the space. One half for females, one for males. Open the door to let them breed. Or, since they'll be all jumbled up, then just let what ever they've gotta do.

Step 6: Repeat the Process Until None of Them Die

Use the force, and repeat steps 3-5. I recommend getting something to pass the time, like looking at instructables ;).

Step 7: Insect Power!

Now take your cage full of battle hardened insects, and release them over a farm! Soon, every farm will be crippled, and insects will reign supreme power (until they meet mr. fly swatter). Hope you've liked it, and check the next step; there's been some controversy over what the P/I does to the bugs.

Step 8: Possible Scientific Explanation

Well, i'm no scientist, but here's an explanation as to why they become immune. Referring to a previous comment on the intro part, "the insecticides break down the chitin in the insects". Now, for those of you that don't know what chitin is, it's a polysaccharide, a long chain polymer of N-acetylglucoseamine, derived from glucose, better known as plant sugars (look at a plant cell, you'll know what i mean). This forms the shell of insects, and creates the oh so yummy sounding crunch when you step on them. In it's pure, undiluted or modified state, it's rather leathery. -Note- shiitake mushrooms' fiber is 80% chitin, according to a bag of anybody other than me feeling sick right about now? moving on... When calcium carbonate is produced in the insect's body along with chitin, it becomes hard, like armor. I wish we could secrete armor =( especially when you're getting PUMPED at the gym duuuude! you'd be like godzilla!!!! Anyway, that's what chitin is. The purpose of P/I is to break it down to soften and weaken the bug, then sucker punch them nasty chemicals when they're weak. That's cold blooded! It's like kicking a dude in the crotch, then shooting them through the lungs so they slowly die. Life sucks as an insect. So, the purpose is to attack them with these chemicals to weaken them, and whoever makes it through is hardened to it, much like humans with the common cold/ fever/ flu/ AIDS =/. Plus, now the chemicals are entwined with the bug's cell structure, so these chemicals that kill others, become bio-shields to them. Then, they have hmmhmm and when the baby comes out, it too has chemicals entwined in it's cell structure. I hope i've deconstructed science to everyone's liking.


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teatimest (author)2012-09-29

It would be easier to use EMS to generate mutations in the genome of the insects you are using.

sparks4289 (author)2010-07-05

someone should try this with bees to help out the worlds bee population

vidarnorway (author)sparks42892012-05-24

Yea Killer bees was a mutation,,,,,,, how grate was that,,,, better to not use pesticide in the first place,, what will the next generation bees become,,, who know

seamaas (author)2011-08-21

that stuff is illegal

ElizabethGreene (author)2011-02-10

The real explanation for why this works is pretty straightforward. You take a large population and use a poison to kill off half of them. If you assume that all of the bugs get an equal amount of poison, then the ones that don't die must have some natural resistance. When those resistant individuals breed, they pass the resistance on to their offspring. By repeating that process many times, you build up a combination of different genes that create a genetic immunity to the poison.

This is similar to how antibiotic resistance develops in germs. People don't take full courses of antibiotics and are left with small populations with some resistance to the medication. Those resistant "bugs" multiply and pass the resistance on to their offspring. Skip forward a few million generations and Viola, bugs that eat penicillin for breakfast.

Arc Trooper 5555 (author)2011-01-07

Run It's waspzilla!!!!

The Tinkerer (author)2010-08-25

Interesting instructable.

Pie Ninja (author)2009-10-15

lol, this song comes to mind when I read this =P

The Nausicaa AMV has better audio quality, it should be in therelated videas section.

ichipoodle (author)2007-07-04

i make shooting things, yes you can =). Weissensteinburg, no, i have not. LasVegas, thank you for the heads up. robertm, you have proven my point better than i could have =) muahahaha. Tool Using Animal, thank you =)

So, in other words, your instructable is a theory that you haven't personally proven, and the images are pictures that you have stolen off the internet?

Aeshir (author)Weissensteinburg2007-07-04


Weissensteinburg (author)Aeshir2007-07-04

fyi..for every picture you steal, if the owner finds out, you can be forced to shell out 150,000 bucks.

Cool,Im a millionaire!

Only if he can get through my spoofed ip address...

what a terrifyingly realistic hypothetical situation!

brandon borick (author)2008-02-17

ur gona kill us all

ReCreate (author)brandon borick2009-04-01

i knew the end of the world was comin

DrCoolSanta (author)2008-08-18

Appearently, it already happens without the need of the process. This is a problem in farms, the insects are becoming pesticide proof. It is taught in schools, that this naturally happens, and sooner or later we would have to adopt old methods which involved having pet birds and animals to kill the insects.

geeklord (author)DrCoolSanta2009-01-01

I was gonna say.........

lil jon168 (author)2008-08-14


LasVegas (author)2007-07-04

You're going to need a heck of a lot more than a gallon of each pesticide. You'll also have to start over a few thousand times when your pesticides kill all of your insects. BTW: This type of experiment would and has proven the evolution theory.

iraqniphobia (author)LasVegas2007-07-05

Becoming immune to something doesn't mean you evolved. This is more of an adaptation than anything else.

firetrucks (author)iraqniphobia2007-10-21

natural selection

iraqniphobia (author)firetrucks2007-10-22

No. What about taking bugs, putting them in a container, and applying chemicals is "Natural?"

the process is called 'natural selection' that doesn't mean its always 'natural' Natural selection is when a population meets evolutionary barrier such as new predators, or new chemicals that can kill them, and only the ones who can flee or withstand these new conditions survive to reproduce. natural selection is the basic process of evolution, but they are different things.

firetrucks (author)iraqniphobia2007-10-22

Yes it's a man made interference, but by killing all the bugs but those who happen, (if) by random genetic mutation, to be innately resistant to the chemical, this would be an example of natural selection. These genetically superior bugs would go on to breed and the population as a whole will all (or at least mostly) have inhereted this desireable traits. it's still natural selection in exactly the same way as the effect of an infectious disease would be.

iraqniphobia (author)firetrucks2007-10-22

I would equate it more with artificial selection, but I'm not going to argue the point.

LasVegas (author)iraqniphobia2007-07-05

You're right. Becoming immune to something yourself isn't evolving; it's acquiring antibodies or resistance. Developing immunity through generations of elimination of those prone to the effects is though. Adaptation is part of Evolution.

Belcher1035 (author)LasVegas2008-05-15

I know this is almost a year old, but I'm going to respond anyway, just for fun. If you are eliminating those prone to the effects (natural selection), you would end up with a LESS diverse population in the long run. This experiment proves PART of the theory of evolution, microevolution, which is basically just common sense: the onese that aren't as fit to survive and reproduce will eventually die off because their genes are less likely to be passed on. Macroevolution is a different story.

mutant (author)LasVegas2007-12-07

And mutation is part of adaptation

nkk07 (author)mutant2008-01-19

you should know your a mutant lol.

iraqniphobia (author)LasVegas2007-07-05

But a single adaptation (or multipe if you're counting each pestiside) does not mean evolution is starting, or ever will occur.

hack124x768 (author)iraqniphobia2007-07-06

The number of chromosomes hasn't changed. They still are grasshoppers.

ARVash (author)hack124x7682007-07-09

Thank you Hack XD, People seem to mix up the word evolution for SO many things. Adaptation is NOT evolution, and does not prove anything ;p. Evolution is a theory, just like all of our other theories. Not to discredit evolution, but people need to take it as what it is, and nothing more.

lucridious (author)iraqniphobia2007-11-17

uhm, genius, that's what evolution IS

sonic_dan (author)lucridious2008-02-12

no, its natural selection - its different. its part of evolution as a whole

Jaybeester (author)iraqniphobia2007-07-06

this is scary lol. does this work with roaches? so i can dump a whole bunch of them in my stupid neighbors yard

zorro3355 (author)Jaybeester2007-10-06

don't try that(if u are serious)as a lot of them will go back to you haha

chickenliver123 (author)LasVegas2007-12-24


ichipoodle (author)LasVegas2007-12-15

Ah, true. But before people go all darwinist on me, i'd like to say a few things. If you study earth's organisms, homo sapiens, or humans, appeared out of nowhere in a land of unknown organisms, like saber toothed cats and bears. There is also the theory of evolution, but how did amphibians know to go on land? perhaps something else "helped" them along? just saying...

zipykido (author)LasVegas2007-07-04

Not quite proven it. You'd need to create a completely new species in order to prove the evolution theory (one incapable of breeding with whatever you started with). The best that you can hope for are some super pesticide resistant bugs in the end (unless you have a few thousand years).

balisticjoe (author)2008-06-26

I don't know about you but I am going to try to combine those mushrooms and calcium carbonate and make bug armor any ideas or suggestions.

NetReaper (author)2008-05-25

sounds like your using natural selection to let the stronger ones breed and mutate while the weaker ones die

chickenliver123 (author)2008-05-17

would this work with mutant rats?

it would work beacause one time i left out some rat poison pelletsit was completely empty the next daybut no dead rats

sonic_dan (author)2008-02-12

its not evolution - its NATURAL SELECTION. it's different. basically, a random mutation could mean that an insect has resistance to the pesticide. therefore, it survives, whereas non-resistant ones die. i.e. survival of the fittest. then, these genes get passed on.

duhhhhhhhhh, thats 6th grade science! good job sonic dan

Supercoke (author)2008-05-11

this is almost like the selective breeding lesson in class

jeffgwapo (author)2008-01-06

wow!!! ok man i shal spray my self a chemicals so i could be like an instect!

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