Friday, November 30, 2007

The. Most. Awesome. Thing. You. Will. EVER. Read. Ever.

Scientists create zombie cockroaches. That's very cool. But even cooler:

Wasps have been doing it for eons.

I'll let teh awesomes speak for itself:

Zombie insects might sound like the B-movie plot device from heaven (or hell, depending on your cinematic preferences). But to the emerald cockroach wasp (Ampulex compressa ), they're a tried and tested way to provide food for their hungry larvae.

The wasp, which lives in tropical regions of Africa, India and the Pacific Islands, relies on cockroaches for its grisly life cycle. But unlike many venomous predators, which paralyse their victims before eating them or dragging them back to their lair, the wasp's sting leaves the cockroach able to walk, but unable to initiate its own movement.

The wasp then grabs the cockroach's antenna and leads it back to the nest. The cockroach walks "like a dog on a leash", says Frederic Libersat of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.

HOW FREAKIN' COOL IS THAT?! That's just further proof to me that God exists, and He is awesome. These wasps sting these roaches not once, but TWICE, with pinpoint accuracy. And hits it right in the brain. And the GRABS IT BY THE ANTENNAE, AND RIDES THAT PUPPY HOME! I cannot get over how awesome that it is.

I for one, welcome out Zombie Cockroach Riding Overlords


Joshua "Doc" Wible said...

That is awesome! What I wouldnt have given for some Zombie Roach Riding Wasps at that old house we used to live at. Some of those roaches might have given the wasps a good fight!

What amazes me is this, roaches have brains.... who knew?

JTapp said...

Wish we could have imported a bunch of those wasps into our old apartment!!