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On 26/01/2017 at 10:07 AM, Toxn said:

Since this is as close as we have to a general news thread for this subforum:

 

http://gizmodo.com/diabolical-parasite-grows-inside-baby-wasps-and-eats-th-1791608651

 

This sort of stuff, of course, always reminds one of this:

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Siphonaptera

It gets worse:

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But why would the crypt-keeper force its host to plug the escape hole? It’s not clear, but Weinersmith and Egan found an enticing clue. In some cases, they saw that a third type of wasp—a fairy wasp—would emerge from infected branches. Fairy wasps are among the smallest animals alive, and some of them are hyperparasites of the family that includes the crypt-keeper.

So, perhaps the crypt-keeper uses its host to plug the crypt, so it can’t get parasitized itself by an intruding fairy wasp. Or maybe the fairy wasp uses the presence of a head-plugged hole to find a crypt-keeper wasp to target.  “We’re hoping to catch the fairy wasp this year, and get the whole system into the lab,” says Weinersmith. “It blows our minds that there could be yet another layer to all of this.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/01/inception-but-with-parasites/514211/

Like russian dolls, but horrifying.

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