START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good
4,428,425 people care about Environment & Wildlife

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.

Like this story? Connect with Beth on Twitter or StumbleUpon!

[Source: NewScientist]

Read more: , , , ,

Image Credit: Flickr - mhodge

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it


+ add your own
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


5:47PM PST on Jan 13, 2012


9:19PM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

another interesting story

6:32PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011


1:14PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011


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?

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

Care2 - Be Extraordinary - Start a Care2 Petition
ads keep care2 free

Recent Comments from Causes

Joy and fun for both! *_*

Bruce K. for President? He seems to know more then anybody else (so he tells us) How simple it is…

we in the US need to do better, thanks.

meet our writers

Beth Buczynski Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in... more
ads keep care2 free

more from causes

Animal Welfare

Causes Canada

Causes UK


Civil Rights


Endangered Wildlife

Environment & Wildlife

Global Development

Global Warming

Health Policy

Human Rights

LGBT rights


Real Food

Trailblazers For Good

Women's Rights

Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!