Science and sci-fi geeks come out of the government closet!
While flipping through the channels to find something of interest I was stopped by the term ZOMBIE ANTS blasting at me from my television. This was in the Nature Channel so I watched the 5 minute clip and was sucked into my normal wierd zone of thinking just how cheezy this stuff would be if it were made into a bad 50’s B movie. The gist of the clip was that there is a type of fly that lays it’s egg in the head of the ant. The larva then eats the brain but the ant does not die and continues to walk around for about a month until the fly hatches from the head. I guess this goes to show you that sometimes the real world can be stranger than even our imafinations. Has anyone had an experience like this??
I love it! I’m a biologist, but have never heard of this one. Heard of many insects that lay eggs in another organism, but usually the host just dies upon hatching. If the larvae eat the brain, how does the ant continue to function? Do they just eat part of the brain? Something has to continue to control the body, doesn’t it?
I just searched and found this link http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20090512/sc_mcclatchy/3231765 and it tell much more of it.
THEM! Speaking of cheezy sci fi!
Well, speaking of cheezy sci-fi & James Arness, even earlier in his career he played The Thing in the movie of the same name!
This is my favorite cheesy sci-fi flick. I lived in L.A. and loved the giant ants in the river tunnels. There was a tunnel right near my back yard at the time.
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