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Parasite Wasps Sanitize Their Six-Legged Meal

Academics / General Science : Discover: Seriously, Science

The emerald cockroach wasp is a mother on a mission. This parasitic insect lays its eggs on cockroaches, but to minimize the risk of the host’s many microbes and pathogens to her eggs, the wasp does what many human mothers today wou...

Parasite Turns Wasps Into Outsider Zombie Queens

Academics / General Science : Wired: Science

Even in a world where parasites routinely turn insects into zombies, altering their bodies and behavior to serve the parasites' demands, the radical transformation of European paper wasps is exceptional in its weirdness.

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Wasp That Enslaves Cockroaches With a Sting to the Brain

Academics / General Science : Wired: Science

The jewel wasp enslaves cockroaches, stinging their brains in ridiculously precise spots and injecting mind-controlling venom. The wasp then leads its zombified roach to a chamber, where it lays a single egg on its perfectly relaxed...

Parkinson’s breakthrough could come from mind-controlling wasp venom

Technology / Gadgets : BGR (Boy Genius Report)

Getting stung by an emerald cockroach wasp isn't a fun time, especially if you're one of the cockroaches that the wasp is notorious for hunting. A single sting can stop a roach in its tracks, with subsequent stings turning the insec...

Mind-controlling molecules from wasp venom could someday help Parkinson's patients

Academics / Chemistry : EurekAlert: Chemistry

(American Chemical Society) After being stung by a parasitic wasp, the American cockroach loses control of its behavior, becoming host to the wasp's egg. Days later, the hatchling consumes the cockroach alive. While this is a grueso...


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