Monday, May 6, 2024

What’s worse than a wasp’s sting? Murder - Miles Zhang

Explore the gruesome evolutionary strategy employed by parasitoid wasps where they feed off other animals to grow their offspring.


A cockroach and jewel wasp are locked in battle. The wasp latches onto the cockroach and inserts her stinger into the cockroach's brain, where her venom blocks its fight-or-flight response. Now, the cockroach is essentially a zombie, and its carcass will be used to grow the wasp’s offspring. Miles Zhang explores the gruesome evolutionary strategy known as parasitoidism. 

Lesson by Miles Zhang, directed by Denys Spolitak.

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