A video claiming a body controlling “Zombie Parasite” hides inside of a Praying Mantis. Is it real?
Here you can see how a weird zombie parasite is exiting a Praying Mantis once put into water. [Caution for sensitive viewers!]
Is it real?
Sorry to tell, but YES. This Zombie Parasite is real unfortunately. It’s called Nematomorpha. Most species range in size from 50 to 100 millimetres (2.0 to 3.9 in) long, reaching up to 2 metres.
It’s actually living in water, but to prevent its eggs from being eaten by predators it injects its eggs inside of insects coming too close to the water.
The worms hatch inside the host and when they get too big they trigger a suicide mechanism inside the insect with chemicals. It really get brain controlled to drown itself. When the insect dies, the worm wiggles itself out of the corpse. It’s really uncanny!
The poor insect!
Hell yeah. But don’t blame the human taking the video for killing the mantis. It would have died nonetheless. By tricking the worm to come out they probably just shortened its suffering. I guess it’s not all that enjoyable to get brain controlled by a zombie parasite living inside you.
This video is real, the parasite is real. Holding the head under water is a common way to check for parasite infection, actually, because those kind of zombie parasites are not that scarce.
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