This is disturbing and fascinating all at the same time. Texas officials will be turning fire ants into zombies as a way to control the pests this summer:
“The fly attacks foraging fire ants, injecting eggs into the ant with a needle-like appendage. As the larvae mature, they attack and destroy the brain, causing the ant to wander aimlessly like a zombie. After two weeks or so, the ant’s head falls off and a new fly emerges, ready to attack other ants.”
See? Awesome and freaky. Just like zombies. Read the rest of the article over at the LA Times here.