It could sound like a nightmare before Christmas, but UBC researchers say that "zombie spiders" are a real deal. Well, they are not zombies true, but they certainly work in the "zombie-like" trance.
So, why exactly these horrid crawlies are referring to such a bizarre way?
The answer is both bizarre and fascinating: the newly discovered wasp called Zatypota puts the baptists under her poisonous magic. It works specifically with the social Anelosimus eximius a spider by placing an egg in the spider's abdomen. Once the egg is attached, its larvae suck the life of the poor arachnid, and also manipulate with their mind. Basically, it acts like a parasite.
Philip Fernandez-Furnier is the lead author of this tremendous study and adds that although similar behavior is seen in the past, this complex level has never been noticed.
Furthermore, he adds that the wasp is relatively beautiful, but then it is the worst thing to do. Once the larvae begin to "control" their host, it forces him to clog the cocoon. After eating its spider host, an ax derives from the skin, fully developed and ready to take over the world.