Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Zombie Spiders

Parasitic wasps turn spiders into zombies.  O_O 

Since the wasp larvae are external parasites, there are two obvious evolutionary solutions to this problem.  One is open to any victim: pick off the egg or larva and destroy it.  But the other is open only to social  spiders, which the wasps target: grooming each other  to remove parasites.  The wasps would then have to respond.  It will be very interesting to see how this plays out.
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