You scrounge the pool, accompagnied by all of your little and not so little friends. In the end you manage to catch quite a lot of insects, and the pool is becoming rather silent. Seems like you have almost eaten each and every living thing. Nevertheless you manage to find quite some usefull things. The most important is that you know posses the entire genome of spiders. There's quite a lot of unscanned Dna left though, so you might be able to find something else, if you knew what you were looking for. Scan through this Unscanned DNA from the other day for Mozzie DNA for the Mozzie obsessed. Also scan for Pond Skimmer DNA aswell...
This is actually a good idea. See if we can find any mosquito DNA in there. If we can find the entire Mosquito genome than lay 500 mosquito eggs instead of 500 Ant-Mosquito eggs. If we cannot get the entire genome, then incorporate any usefull parts into the Ant-Mosquito. Especially the mouth. Obviously if non of this succeeds then just continue as per the bellow plan.
As Naryar mentioned (two pages ago) and as I forgot, we have planttick mouths already, which are pretty close to mosquito probiscuses. We have Dragonfly wings, insect eyes, insect legs, and an ant carapice, so we could make something pretty close to a mosquito. Here is the organism I propose we use instead of the mosquito.
-Insect eyes (Allows you to see)
-Insect stomach (Can turn biomass in energy)
-Ant carapace (+1 to defense)
-Dragonfly wings(probably need to be downsized to fit mosquito-sized organism.)
-Planttick mouth(allows you to suck nutrients and energy out of plants)(DNA modification ability should be used to adapt this mouth to being able to pierce animals aswell.)
-Ant pheromones(necessary for the swarm to communicate with us and for us to communicate with the swarm.)
This is a simpler organism than the antfish, so it should cost less to produce. List of actions:
-Instantly produce one of these Ant-Mosquitos to see if the design works out all right, and if it does lay 500 eggs that are to mature into Ant-Mosquitos along the shore line.( Since the Ant-Mosquitos are not designed for use in water, the eggs have to be laid on the shore line.)
-We can't leave the eggs defenseless, therefore we should grow some basic legs and stand out on the shore line and defend the eggs.
Oh and I aggree with Rez some flying plant eating insects would be nice. For that task we should just use the schematics for the Ant-Mosquitos minus the modification to the Planttick mouth. List of actions:
-Lay 500 eggs that are to grow into Flying Ants on the other side of the shore line from the 500 eggs designed to mature into Ant-Mosquitos (aka they re to be on opposite sides of the lake.)
-Have the other Insecticarp guard these eggs.
-Have the other Insecticarp grow legs aswell, to faciliate it's guarding the eggs.
Other actions not directly related to plans for Plant-Eating-Flying-Ants and Ant-Mosquitos and contingency plans:
-Send Antfish out to attack large fish using their poison attack, as a group (AKA all 460 of 'em). Use what the Antfish bring back to fuel these changes and actions.
-Also use the second Insecticarp's nutrients to fuel all this.
-And again, make sure to have both Insecticarps eat the eel, and use it's biomass and nutrients to fuel the actions.
-If the instant birth of the Ant-Mosquito succedds, then laying 500 Ant-Mosquito eggs is to take priority over 500 Flying Ant eggs.
-If the instant birth of the Ant-Mosquito fails due to a flaw in the design of the organism(caused by a bad roll on our DNA modification ability, which I think is unlikley as this is a pretty simple modification.), then just lay the Flying ant eggs and have the other Insecticarp hunt with the antfish.
(Also as a GM question, where do we get Nutrients from? I know that they are turned into energy via chlorophalsts but can we make them from Biomass?)