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How zombie spiders are made

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by DavidBrown, 15 Sep 2015.

  1. DavidBrown

    DavidBrown Moderator Staff Member

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    Ichneumonid wasps lay their eggs on the back of orb weaver spiders. The larva then reprograms the spider's brain and makes it build a simplified web that is suitable for the larva to live on. Once the web is completed the wasp larva eats the spider and completes its transformation into a wasp in the safety of the web. The story has video of this process. It's better than an episode of "The Walking Dead".

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/14/s...lights&contentPlacement=5&pgtype=sectionfront