Bugtrails. Chembugs.

This Plane Wasn't Snooping On Protesters In Los Angeles, It Was Dropping Irradiated Bugs:

N67K is registered to an aviation services contractor called Dynamic Aviation, which has a long history of flying aircraft configured for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions on behalf of the U.S. military in conflict zones around the world, as well. [...] However, this particular A90 is configured for an entirely different type of mission, one that involves dropping loads of sterile flies. [...]

SIT involves aircraft releasing male insects, which are bred in captivity and then irradiated, making it impossible for them to reproduce, over an affected area. Females then make futile attempts to mate with them. The relatively short life span of most insects means there is then a good chance that they will die before finding a fertile mate. [...]

The flies are then bred in a controlled environment until they have "reached peak sexual maturity," according to the CDFA website. Then they are chilled and packaged for delivery to Dynamic's crews.

"Peak sexual maturity and chill."

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4 Responses:

  1. Not Frank says:

    A technique better known for its use in controlling the screw-worm fly, though we keep having to re-treat the edge of control lest it advance northward once again. Note that the scientific name is C. hominivorax, hominivorax meaning man-eating (though it's more of a cattle pest).

  2. Aardvark Cheeselog says:

    ... an aviation services contractor called Dynamic Aviation, which has a long history of flying aircraft configured for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions on behalf of the U.S. military in conflict zones around the world

    Does anybody else wonder why this is even a thing? Why the most expensive military organization the world has ever seen needs to hire outsiders for sensitive, mission-critical tasks that it ought to be doing itself?

    • Dude says:

      The same reason "the richest nation in the world" outsources its labour to China, India, Latin America, etc. whilst its own citizens struggle to find third and fourth jobs (and that was before the pandemic).

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