Parasite Tales: The Jewel Wasp's Zombie Slave

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It sounds like the premise of a bad B-horror film from the 70s: a species of beautiful blue wasps turn cockroaches into zombies to host the wasps' offspring. Sometimes, however, nature is the best horror film of all. Carl Zimmer, parasite lover and science writer, explains the process behind the zombification of cockroaches by the parasitic jewel wasp.

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  • Fascinating look into parasitic relationships
  • Encourages viewers to learn more about parasites (the last question in the Think section requires research into other parasites)

  • May be difficult for squeamish or sensitive viewers