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Still Waters

Deciphering the Tools of Nature’s Zombies

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In the rain forests of Costa Rica lives Anelosimus octavius, a species of spider that sometimes displays a strange and ghoulish habit.

From time to time these spiders abandon their own web and build a radically different one, a home not for the spider but for a parasitic wasp that has been living inside it. Then the spider dies — a zombie architect, its brain hijacked by its parasitic invader — and out of its body crawls the wasp’s larva, which has been growing inside it all this time.

“The knowledge that parasites can manipulate their hosts is old. The new part is how they do it,”

http://www.nytimes.c...heir-hosts.html

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There are a few bugs that do something similar. Horrifying really

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The zombie fly does that to honeybees. zombie.gif

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