Aliens Among Us
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πŸ“½ by @anandavarma
by @anandavarma

This cabbage butterfly caterpillar (Pieris brassicae) has been infected with dozens of larvae of a parasitoid wasp (Cotesia glomerata). The larvae then chew their way out of the caterpillar and spin their cocoons.

Somehow the caterpillar survives this gruesome process and it goes on to spin an additional layer of protective silk around the wasp cocoons.

Finally, it stands guard over them, whipping its head back and forth any time it is disturbed.

This bodyguard behavior is induced by some unidentified mind-controlling substance left behind by the wasp larvae.

You legitimately couldn’t make this shirt up