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Wasps turn ladybirds into zombie bodyguards

Posted on Friday, 24 June, 2011 | Comment icon 16 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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A species of parasitic wasp has been found to turn ladybirds in to zombie bodyguards as protection.

The female wasp injects its egg in to the ladybird where it will grow and develop until it finally breaks out of the abdomen, paralysing the insect so that it is unable to move away while the wasp spins a cocoon.

"A parasitic wasp protects itself from predators while cocooned by turning its ladybird host into a "bodyguard"."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by PowerPC on 24 June, 2011, 20:19
I have always called them Ladybugs....When did they change their name to Ladybirds? Is this just a British thing?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Blues Girl on 24 June, 2011, 20:31
I have always called them Ladybugs....When did they change their name to Ladybirds? Is this just a British thing? Pretty sure it is
Comment icon #9 Posted by Pax Unum on 24 June, 2011, 21:16
Some wasps do this spiders as well, supposedly even influencing them to build a 'web of death'... Linky - Parasite's web of death
Comment icon #10 Posted by Taut on 24 June, 2011, 22:10
Pretty sure it is Nope.....they have always been Ladybird beetles- we just nicknamed them ladybugs. Not a Brit thang. The wasp thing is interesting, that's just what my ex did to me. And in the film "Alien" it woulda been kewl if instead of just killing the host it had turned them into slavering zombies.........on second thought, there was a film ripoff of "Alien" that did that, I think it was called "Creature".
Comment icon #11 Posted by xXHellkittiesXx on 25 June, 2011, 1:06
This website needs "Thumbs up" & "Thumbs down" buttons.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Blues Girl on 25 June, 2011, 1:32
This website needs "Thumbs up" & "Thumbs down" buttons. Nah. Then it would be too much like facebook. I like it just the way it is
Comment icon #13 Posted by Emperor470 on 25 June, 2011, 3:38
kool
Comment icon #14 Posted by The Unseen on 25 June, 2011, 9:22
This website needs "Thumbs up" & "Thumbs down" buttons. If that was the case every time I would make a comment I'd get a thumbs down,Ha ha.I'm not liked here much.HA HA
Comment icon #15 Posted by Kiremix on 14 July, 2011, 2:12
Pretty sure it is Well tats how we used to say it back in 20th century but these days nobody does...In London at least.
Comment icon #16 Posted by lilcharleslanca on 26 July, 2011, 9:36
Whats zombie about that, i was thinking that it was dead until it was stung and then magically came back, well i guess it was a little far fetched but the word "zombie" does kind of imply it, but really this happens all the time with nature little creatures, maybe not specifically the same, but in some cases, even underwater


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