from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Since it’s Halloween, there are probably a lot of folks dressed up like zombies. But as we’ve mentioned before, Mother Nature has created a few of her own actual zombies. Here are just a few more examples.
- Did you know that the government sprays a baculovirus into the forest that can cause gypsy moth caterpillars to act reckless and even suicidal? The virus infects the caterpillars, takes over their molting genes, and re-programs the zombie caterpillars to liquify and rain contagious bodily fluids down upon other gypsy moth larvae. [url]
- North American wood frogs can survive being partially frozen (up to 70 percent of their internal water turned to ice) and twitch back to life. The frogs can stay in suspended animation for about 4 weeks, and it takes them about a day to thaw out and return to the living world. [url]
- Ants in Borneo have been found with a curious ability to explode and spew a sticky yellow glue over their enemies. The lethal sticky substance can take out other insect invaders and protect an ant colony from attack. [url]
- European paper wasps, infected by parasites, are turned into zombies that leave their hive to gather with other zombie wasps — so that the parasites can mate. Wasps with female parasites become crazy queen wasps that fly off to infect more wasps. [url]
- To discover more interesting biological curiosities, check out what’s currently floating around the StumbleUpon universe. [url]
By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.