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Wasp Enslaves Cockroaches With a Sting to the Brain (Wired)
The emerald cockroach wasp (aka the jewel wasp) enslaves cockroaches by stinging their brains in precise spots and injecting mind-controlling venom. The wasp then leads its zombified roach to a chamber, where it lays a single egg on its host and seals it inside with pebbles. Here the larva bores into the cockroach and feeds off its organs before killing it and emerging from its corpse into the light of day.
Image: A cockroach, unsure if its insurance will even cover such a procedure, struggles as a jewel wasp performs violent brain surgery with its stinger. Image: Ram Gal

Wasp Enslaves Cockroaches With a Sting to the Brain (Wired)

The emerald cockroach wasp (aka the jewel wasp) enslaves cockroaches by stinging their brains in precise spots and injecting mind-controlling venom. The wasp then leads its zombified roach to a chamber, where it lays a single egg on its host and seals it inside with pebbles. Here the larva bores into the cockroach and feeds off its organs before killing it and emerging from its corpse into the light of day.

Image: A cockroach, unsure if its insurance will even cover such a procedure, struggles as a jewel wasp performs violent brain surgery with its stinger. Image: Ram Gal

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