Forbidden weapons: 7 examples of how insects serve the war

Anastasia Sergeeva
13.09.2017

Forbidden weapons: 7 examples of how insects serve the war

According to some data, only 8% of the history of mankind took place without wars - all the rest of the time, military conflicts flared up in different parts of the Earth and wars of various sizes were fought. And in parallel with this, new and more sophisticated types of weapons were developed and continue to be developed that are capable of more effectively destroying the enemy. One of them was biological weapons, in particular, entomological, which involves the use of insects for military purposes - the most famous examples we have collected further.

Bee menace

To begin, let us tell you about one of the most innocuous methods of insect use in military conflicts - the use of bees, "sniffers." About ten years ago, scientists finally decided to use the phenomenal bee smell, not only to get honey, but also to detect explosives, and taught a group of bees to recognize trotyl.Research has not yet been completed, but perhaps in the near future, bees everywhere will begin to perform the duties of sappers.

Bees

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Bees were often used as biological weapons in wars with the participation of the Romans. / For example, they invented to eject whole beehives into the enemy camp. Furious and blinded by the anger of the bee, whose house was destroyed, rushed at all the soldiers who could be attacked in the nearest district. Such entomological weapons have become an effective method for not being in one battle. It is also interesting that the Dacians, attacked by bees, quickly realized what was happening, and repaid the Romans with the same coin, throwing new hives back.

There are also records that bee “bombs” during the Third Crusade in the 12th century were used by King Richard the Lionheart. And in the XVIII century, during the battle of Alba Graeke (modern Belgrade), the inhabitants of the city were able to fight off the Turkish soldiers, building barricades of hives. And that's not all: in the war between Italy and Ethiopia, in the first half of the 20th century, Ethiopian guerrillas successfully eliminated enemy tanks, throwing beehives directly into the hatch.

Bee hive

Representatives of one of the tribes of Nigeria, tiv, actively used biological weapons in the face of bees. They caught bees and placed them in special wooden tubes, from which it was then convenient to blow those in melee directly to the enemy.

And even smarter did the inhabitants of the English and Scottish fortresses during the Middle Ages. They were preparing for war in advance, specially attracting bees into their walls so that they settled for themselves an abode right in the fortress. In peacetime, insects, as usual, brought honey, and when attacking a fortress, they rushed to defend their home.

Flea Grenades

Biological weapons were created not only with the use of such obviously aggressive insects as bees, if necessary. For example, the Second World War knows examples of the use of entomological weapons in the form of fleas, which were deliberately infected with the plague - Japan resorted to such prohibited methods. The effectiveness of the method was first tested on local prisoners of war, and then sprayed insects over China, the consequence of which was the death of almost 500,000 people.

Laboratory

In addition to fleas, the Japanese also relied on cholera-infected flies, but they were less effective.

Spread of malaria

Nazi Germany was also engaged in the same terrible tests of biological weapons, but instead of fleas they tested on imprisoned malaria mosquito concentration camps! It’s good that at least the Nazis didn’t reach the real mass use of insects, but documents about these terrible experiments surfaced almost 5 years ago.

Concentration camp

Killer mosquitoes

And in the twentieth century, the USA resorted to entomological weapons: they also used mosquitoes, but others used yellow fever. Fortunately, such biological weapons did not go beyond the secret tests. However, the Americans seriously considered it as an effective device in a potential war with the Soviet Union — after all, they rarely heard of such a virus in the USSR, and did not receive vaccinations.

Hospital

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Colorado Ravagers

This nasty beetle, who loves so much to destroy potatoes and many solanaceous plants in our gardens, was also the object of monstrous Nazi experiments during World War II. Zhukov planned to move through the air and dump over the enemy’s territories so that they would destroy the crops and deprive of all crops, making the enemy hungry, weak and exhausted.It is rumored that similar experiments were also carried out later by the United States, but nothing came of it.

Colorado beetles

Cyborg beetles

Although entomological and other biological weapons are strictly forbidden today, insects have learned to use not only for the purpose of harming other living organisms, but also for purposes of intelligence. So, a microcontroller, a battery and an electrode are implanted into an insect pupa. When it transforms into a beetle, it becomes possible to control it remotely, setting a route and ordering it to stop when required. The perfect scout for military service! Research is currently being conducted only in closed laboratories, but the hour is hardly far away when cyborg insects connected to a Wi-Fi network will be watching us.

Insects with chips

Scorpion Bombs

And finally, an interesting example of biological weapons with the use of scorpions. Although scorpions are not insects, but arthropod animals from the arachnid class, many consider them representatives of insects, as well as spiders. Therefore, why not tell about them in this article?

It turns out that in the II century the inhabitants of the ancient fortress city of Hatra,who was on the territory of modern Iraq, they managed to keep the army of Roman legionaries who attacked them, dropping pots full of deadly scorpions from the city walls. The only question that remains is: how did the scorpions get into these pots initially? Scientists have figured out several ways, but none of them was absolutely safe.

Scorpion Pot

We suggest you also look at an interesting excerpt from an interview with historian and publicist Alexander Elufereyev. You will find out if it’s true that animals and insects themselves observe man, which animals man seeks to make biological weapons, and why some rumors about this are exaggerated:

Read further: Dangerous situations in which animals behaved better than many people.

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    Forbidden weapons: 7 examples of how insects serve the war

    Forbidden weapons: 7 examples of how insects serve the war

    Forbidden weapons: 7 examples of how insects serve the war

    Forbidden weapons: 7 examples of how insects serve the war

    Forbidden weapons: 7 examples of how insects serve the war

    Forbidden weapons: 7 examples of how insects serve the war

    Forbidden weapons: 7 examples of how insects serve the war

    Forbidden weapons: 7 examples of how insects serve the war

    Forbidden weapons: 7 examples of how insects serve the war

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