Zombie caterpillars and voodoo wasps!

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Zombie caterpillars and voodoo wasps!

Postby the new girl » Wed Jun 04, 2008 9:06 pm

All these weird animals should really be discovered closer to Halloween...

The parasitoid wasp Glyptapanteles lays its eggs, about 80 at a time, in young geometrid caterpillars. The eggs hatch and the larvae feed on the caterpillar's body fluids. When they are fully developed, they eat through the caterpillar's skin, attach themselves to a nearby branch or leaf and wrap themselves up in a cocoon.


But the story gets even better.

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Postby Liesbeth » Thu Jun 05, 2008 8:32 am

and they call this 'a little bit eerie'?

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Postby leigh » Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:06 pm

Here's an example of a parasite that induces it's host to commit suicide:

http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7927

I swear I remember reading about an example of a parasite that made its host "horny" in order to help it spread faster...but I am failing to find in on the internets...

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Postby longtimecoming » Thu Jun 12, 2008 11:54 pm

i think thats how burger king gets its fries on.


eeeeeeeeeeeeeew.



eeew, is this parasite human attacklike? ew. now im scared. for real, no joke!


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