In the United States found a new species of wasp that can turn their victims into zombies

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In the United States found a new species of wasp that can turn their victims into zombies

One of the parasitic wasps of the species Acrotaphus

In the first half of 2019, we talked about that could turn a rain of spiders at zombies and use their bodies to create durable shelters from the web. These parasitic creatures are the so-called ichneumonoidea riders (Ichneumonoidea) and this group of insects is considered to be one of the most extensive in the world. According to scientists, it includes about 80 thousand species, most of which are still not understood. Recently, however, scientists were able to discover and describe at least a half dozen riders kind Acrotaphus that live in the rain forests of the Amazon and of the Andes mountain range located in South America.

About the discovery of scientists was told in the publication . So far the scientific community has been aware of the existence of only 11 species ichneumonoidea riders Acrotaphus. Recently, however, a group of Brazilian entomologists, who study insects, conducted several expeditions in the Amazon jungle and in the mountain forests of the Andes. Passing through the open spaces of South America, they managed to open another 15 species of parasitic wasps, and to expand their knowledge about these unusual parasites.

Andes are considered one of the longest mountain systems on Earth

Wasps can turn spiders into zombies

According to the head of the expedition of Saaksjarvi Ilari (Ilari Sääksjärvi), they discovered wasps can grow up to 10 inches in length and are predominantly bright color. Mostly their victims are tropical spiders, as their bodies contain a lot of nutrients for the larvae of parasitic wasps of the substances. Moreover, by controlling the brain spiders, the larvae can become a strong and safe cocoon of web, within which they can safely grow.

If you carefully read our site and channel , you probably already know, how exactly is "brainwashing" victims. First, parasitic wasps lay eggs on the back of tropical spiders. From these eggs eventually hatch into larvae, which are injected into the bodies of arthropods the hormone called ecdysone. This substance causes the spiders to molt and to protect their bodies, they begin to create a shell from an exceptionally durable form of web. But in the end, the protective shell becomes the home for the larvae of parasitic wasps that ruthlessly eat the insides of the spider.

Transform living beings into zombies also know how parasitic fungi. Read about them in

What other organisms can control the thinking of animals?

All of the above looks like a scene from a horror movie, isn't it? But parasitic wasps Acrotaphus are not the only animals that can turn its victims into "zombies." For example, on our planet live flat worms known as leucochloridium paradoxical (Leucochloridium paradoxum). They are able to penetrate the organisms of the snails and stop them from hiding in the shadows preying on their birds. As a consequence, birds passerine species to quickly find the snails and eat them. And parasitic worms need it — they multiply in the gastrointestinal tract of birds and transmitted to other individuals through fecal matter.

To See some infected parasitic worm snail on the video above. Looks extremely creepy, isn't it? So if you are , then it can switch to watching documentaries about insects. Believe me, some scenes creep you provided.

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