You hear the word dementor, you think Harry Potter, but now an even more terrifying prospect has been created. The Ampulex dementor, otherwise known as the ‘Zombie Wasp’.
The wasp was discovered by the WWF and not only does it look terrifying, but it’s targeting cockroaches and turning them into zombies, aparently.
It does this by injecting venom into the cockroach, right in its belly, and according to the WWF report:
Cockroach wasp venom blocks receptors of the neurotransmitter octopamine, which is involved in the initiation of spontaneous movement.
With this blocked, the cockroach is still capable of movement, but is unable to direct its own body. Once the cockroach has lost control, the wasp drags its stupefied prey by the antennae to a safe shelter to devour it.Advertisement
Rather them than us.