New Species of Parasitoid Wasp from Ecuador Turns Social Spiders into Zombies

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Deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon, a newly-identified species of the parasitoid wasp genus Zatypota transforms Anelosimus eximius, one of only about 25 species of ‘social’ spiders worldwide, into a zombie-like drone that abandons its colony to do the wasp’s bidding. “Wasps manipulating the behavior of spiders has been observed before, but not at a level […]