Thursday, November 25, 2010

jewel wasps

Here's that parasitic wasp mentioned in the previous post. Ain't mother nature wonderful.


Jebel Krong said...

i always wonder when they do those shots of people gazing into the test-tube at the horror - a bit like on csi where they try and make forensics look interesting: "look i can see the evidence with my naked eye!" i digress however: this thing is remarkably specialised (stinging select parts of the brain against a struggling prey) and absolutely horrific, the worst part is the roach is alive till almost the end.

Jebel Krong said...

behaviour modification seems to be quite common in certain parasitical infections: Leucochloridium paradoxum put me off the concept of snails at a very early age.

still i wonder at something so specifically designed for reproduction and nothing else - parasites aren't likely to get intelligent anytime soon.

Neal Asher said...

Hey, you gotta love snails:

"These snails punctuate their mating ritual by puncturing their partners with a calcified "love dart." You could call it a shot in the dark, because the animals can detect light and dark but can't see to aim the tiny "Cupid's arrow." Love darts are strangely common: 17 of the 65 families of terrestrial snails use them."