Science is Cool WEIRD: Zombie Caterpillers!

This is freaky. A virus that compels a caterpillar to essentially commit suicide. It's like that incredibly bad movie, The Happening, if Marky Mark were a caterpiller. But the way the dead caterpillar then infects his family and friends? Well, that's just brutal. Mother Nature is a mean ol' biddy.

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"I'ma kill you. . .right after I kill myself."
Image from source, Live Science

Zombie Caterpillars Rain Death From Treetops

A single gene in a caterpillar virus sends its victims running for the treetops, where they die and their bodies liquefy, sending an ooze of virus particles on their brothers and sisters below. . .

Read more at: Live Science


Thanks to Stupid Monkey Planet for the link.