Scientists have discovered wasps that turn spiders into zombies. And make them follow orders!

The researchers observed Polysphincta wasps - insects known to lay larvae on the backs of spiders and

force the latter to take care of their cubs.

After hatching the larvae zombie spidersbegin to weave a protective web that forms a cocoon around the larva and allows it to grow faster. After the larva turns into a wasp, it eats the spider and begins searching for a new prey.

The subject of the study was the way waspsforces spiders to perform the actions they need. Observations have shown that when insects bite, they inject spiders with ecdysone, a substance whose production gives the spider a signal to begin molting.

As a result, the arthropod begins to weave a protective web, which it usually produces during the shedding process, but not around itself, but around the wasp larva.

Previously, American biologists found thatThe parasitic fungus Entomophthora muscae, which is translated from Latin as “insect killer,” penetrates the brain of fruit flies and completely subjugates their will to its own.