It may sound like something a nightmare before Christmas, but researchers at UBC say that "zombie spiders" are the real thing. Well, they're not zombies, but they certainly work in a "zombie-like" trance.
So why are those nasty crawlies acting so bizarre?
The answer is both bizarre and fascinating: a newly discovered wasp Zatypota placing the bees under the toxic spell. It works exactly with society Anelosimus eximius spider to put eggs in the spider's stomach. As the egg insists, her larvae suck the life of poor poker and manipulate her mind. Essentially a parasite.
Philippe Fernandez-Fournier is the lead author of the most excellent study and adds that although he has experienced similar behaviors in the past, this complex level has never been observed.
Additionally, he adds that the wasp is relatively beautiful, but that is the most terrible thing. As soon as the larvae begin controlling the "farmer", he forces him to rotate a cube. After tasting the farmer's spider, the weasel stands out from the cellar, is fully developed and ready for the world.