Top 10 SCARIEST Cases Of MIND CONTROL In Nature!
- Published on: 4/4/2020
- Hi, it’s Katrina! Mind control and zombies might sound like something that only happens in movies, but from caterpillars to spiders, to even us, here are 10 scary examples of zombies in nature.
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10. Glyptapanteles Wasp
The Glyptapanteles is a genus of wasp that turn caterpillars into zombies. They are found in Central and North America and New Zealand. The female wasps inject their eggs into caterpillars which are alive and well, minding their own business. From there, the eggs hatch and the larvae start to grow.
9. Phorid Fly
The phorid fly is a South American fruit fly species that has been experimentally used for getting invasive ant populations under control. These mind controlling flies turn ants into zombies and kill invasive fire ant species. In 2018, The Daily Texan reported that the red imported fire ant causes roughly $1.2 billion of economic damage and infests 80 million acres of land in Texas annually.
8. Parasitoid Wasp
Hymenoepimecis argyraphaga is a Costa Rican wasp species, whose female specimens lay their eggs on the abdomens of orb spiders, known as Plesiometa argyra. They do this by stinging the spider, which has a temporary paralyzing effect, and gluing an egg to its belly.
7. Euhaplorchis Californiensis
Euhaplorchis californiensis is a brain-infesting parasite that lives primarily in salt marshes and estuaries along the California coast, hence its name. Don’t worry, it’s not after our brains! It begins its life in the horn snail before entering the water and searching for its next host, the killifish, a populous species that commonly carries the parasite.
Also known as a horsehair worm or Gordian worm, a hairworm is a land-dwelling, hair-like parasite (hence its name) that needs an aquatic habitat to reproduce. It achieves this during its younger days by first finding its way into a cricket, beetle, grasshopper, or similar insect, where it grows into adulthood and ultimately takes over the bug’s brain.
5. Acacia Trees And Ants
Some plants and ants have what is known as a “symbiotic relationship,” which is essentially a mutually beneficial situation between two species. In other words, it’s a win-win for both parties. For the ants, the trees provide nectar, which the ants eat, and hollow thorns, which they use as nests.
4. Toxoplasma Gondii
Do you have a cat? Do you really, really love your cat? If you’re not careful, you might have toxoplasmosis! If you ever see rats that aren’t afraid of cats, there’s a good chance they’re infected with a single-celled parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. It can infest many, if not most warm-blooded creatures, including people, causing a disease called toxoplasmosis.
3. Zombie Roaches
Not many members of the animal kingdom successfully prey on cockroaches. Most species do not benefit from them at all, and us humans prefer to be as far away from them as possible. It’s hard to picture these pests serving any purpose, but the jewel wasp has managed to make use of these seemingly pointless creatures.
There are various types of parasitic flatworms. One of the nastiest among them is Leucochloridium paradoxum, known more commonly as the green-banded broodsac. They need a full cycle of birds and snails to reproduce.
Most mind control is caused by parasites that cause little damage to humans. However rabies is different. Rabies is a deadly virus that causes an array of terrifying symptoms in nearly everything it infects, which is why we’re so cautious about making sure our pets’ shots are up-to-date and that we avoid contact with wild animals, especially nocturnal creatures that are seen being active during the day.
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