Wasps Turn Ladybugs into Protective Warriors

There is a parasitic wasp that will paralyze a ladybug and then inject her with a single egg. The egg hatches and the larva chews its way out of the abdomen (and now we know where the idea of Alien came from). The larva creates a cocoon between the ladybug’s legs and continues its metamorphosis. Sometimes the ladybug survives and then the larva is able to ‘brainwash’ the ladybug into defending it from predators!
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Be sure to visit National Geographic for more pictures of this process!

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