Nature & Environment
Wasps turn ladybirds into zombie bodyguards
By T.K. Randall
June 24, 2011 · 16 comments
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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". After a female wasp injects its egg into the ladybird, the larva munches on its host's internal tissues before breaking out through the abdomen.
Source: BBC News
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