Saturday, 16 May 2015

Apocalypse Hal - The Walking Dead Fly

There is another type of zombie. The biological zombie.

Various parasites and organisms are capable of manipulating another organisms to do their bidding. Basically they alter the behavour of the host they infect. There are wasp larvae that will gobble up the insides of a caterpillar and then turn it into a zombie bodyguard that protects the pupating wasps. And a protozoan parasite that will cause rats to get suicidally friendly with cats. 

Then there is the zombie fly. 

Now this fungus is common in other countries but I was not sure if it existed in Australia. However, based on an article in the Australian Journal of Botany 35 (1987) it looks like this species has been discovered in Australia. So watch out for zombie blowflies heading your way. 

Bite off more Entomophthora muscae than you can chew

Mr Rimsky

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