Wasps Create Zombie Caterpillar (Video)
Halloween is over, but nature is still full of freakish species demonstrating some downright diabolical behavior.
Take the parasitic Glyptapanteles wasps in this video, for instance. They’ve implanted over 80 eggs in this caterpillar, and now the partially hatched larvae are literally controlling the creature’s mind.
Watch as the zombie caterpillar lashes out in order to protect the precious “babies” even though they’re eating it away from the inside out.
When they are fully developed, the larvae eat through the caterpillar’s skin, attach themselves to a nearby branch or leaf and wrap themselves up in a cocoon.
Image Credit: Flickr - mhodge