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Wasps Create Zombie Caterpillar (Video)

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.

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[Source: NewScientist]

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4:03PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:38AM PDT on May 4, 2012

Gross and amazing at the same time. Nature is freaky sometimes!

5:35AM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

interesting

5:47PM PST on Jan 13, 2012

interesting

9:19PM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

another interesting story

6:32PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

interesting

1:14PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

Braaiiiiiins!

6:48AM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

Ruth S, the biggest sin of all is when people engendered humans like you...

10:09AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Nature! I live in the Northeast I once saw a caterpillar with its back TOTALLY covered with eggs...wasp eggs. I did not know why this was, but do now. I must say, it was the most repulsive sight, yet a so-called "beauty" of nature, as each egg on the caterpillar's back was laid in perfect symmetrical order. :::::: I think the caterpillar was slowly dying, as it was almost motionless. The eggs were feeding off the living caterpillar. No moth nor butterfly to emerge here.

9:29AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Does everything on CARE2 have to turn into a rant against religion?

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