DAMN IT. Come on, zombies, leave the bees alone.
The parasitic fly lays eggs in a beeâ€™s abdomen. Several days later, the parasitized bee bumbles out of the hivesâ€”often at nightâ€”on a solo mission to nowhere. These bees often fly toward light and wind up unable to control their own bodies. After a bee dies, as many as 13 fly larvae crawl out from the beeâ€™s neck. The beesâ€™ behavior seems similar to that of ants that are parasitizedâ€”and then decapitated from withinâ€”by other fly larvae from the Apocephalus genus.
Zombie bees via ebertchicago.
The Atlantic has an article about a parasite found in cat poop that might be doing something along the same lines to humans, and then a good rundown of other similar parasites.
Whatâ€™s more, many experts think T. gondii may be far from the only microscopic puppeteer capable of pulling our strings. â€œMy guess is that there are scads more examples of this going on in mammals, with parasites weâ€™ve never even heard of,â€ says Sapolsky.