Return of the Zombie Cockroaches and the Neurosurgical Wasps

The Loom
By Carl Zimmer
Dec 1, 2007 8:50 PMNov 5, 2019 4:49 AM

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emerald cockroach wasp, Ampulex compressa, which injects venom into cockroaches to turn them into zombie hosts for their parasitic offspring. (More posts on Ampulex here.) The scientists I wrote about have been trying to figure out what exactly the venom does to the nervous system of their victims, and they've discovered that it interferes with a neurotransmitter called octopamine. New Scientist has an update. And they also have a link to a YouTube video that offers more than you may want to see of this awesome parasitic manipulation.

Last year I wrote about the

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