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There’s no real human equivalent for the zombified attack, one of the most jarring styles of survival in the animal kingdom. For proof of how perplexing these attacks are, consider what parasitoid wasps do to spiders.
Recently, scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Institute and the Universidade Federal de Uberlândia in Brazil tried to determine how the parasitoid wasp is able to generate so many changes within spiderwebs. They learned that the wasp, which comes from the wasp family Ichneumonidae within the insect order Hymenoptera, ensures the survival of its species by hijacking the brain of a spider.
First, the wasp’s tiny larvae hitch onto the spider’s abdomen. While this doesn’t give the wasp immediate access to the spider’s nervous system,