With all of the talk about Zombies on TV and social media, you can’t help but be curious. While these five examples are on a much smaller scale than a full-fledged zombie apocalypse, they prove that it is possible. These are 5 examples on actual scientifically proven real life Zombies that exist in the world around us every day.
The Emerald Cockroach Wasp
This wasp, commonly referred to as a Jewel Wasp, is a Zombie making machine. They use cockroaches to house and feed larvae while the cockroach is alive through the whole process. The Wasp takes control of the Cockroaches, turning them into real life Zombies, then walks it back to its burrow and forces it to sit there while the larvae hatches and eats its insides.
It starts out with a sneak attack on the much larger cockroach, stinging them in the leg nerve. This immobilizes enough temporarily to conduct brain surgery. The wasp uses its genetically hardcoded ability to sting the cockroaches brain with deadly accuracy while it cannot fight back.
Once the cockroach has been stung in the brain, the wasp has full control of everything it does. With this control, it walks these real life Zombies back into its borough with no resistance.
From there, the wasp inserts its eggs into the Cockroach and controls it to stand guard in the borough for the week it takes for them to hatch. As they hatch inside the cockroach, they begin to eat the internal organs while the Cockroach can’t do anything but stand still.
After a few weeks, the full grown wasp will run out of cockroach internals to eat and burst out of the cockroach. The Jewel wasp is able to turn the cockroaches into real life Zombies that it controls entirely while getting eaten alive internally.
This Genus of wasp has the amazing ability to control caterpillars to use them as defense. This allows the female wasp to lay its egg within a host and then leave, knowing that they are protected.
The process starts with the glyptapanteles wasp laying eggs inside the body of a caterpillar. Shortly after they are laid, the larva squirm their way out and spin themselves into protective cocoons. Then the Zombie control comes in, with a few larvae staying behind in sacrifice to protect the others.
Those few larvae that stay inside the caterpillar will have complete control of the caterpillar and be able to use it to fend off predators. They control it like driving a car, and mostly just sit still and stand guard over the cocoons unless a predator approaches. To fend the preditor off, the wasp larvae make the caterpillar thrash violently in attack.
Over time, the adult wasps will emerge and the larvae inside the caterpillar will die. While the guarding caterpillar is not eaten while on duty, it will eventually die of starvation. This is another great example of real life Zombies that occur in nature every day.
This fungus turns ants into real life Zombies in order to use them to house and disperse the next generation of spores. It absorbs into the soft tissue so that it has room to expand and develop while leaving the vital organs intact. It needs these organs to work so that it can continue to operate the ant until its time to explode.
It starts when the ophiocordyceps unilateralis spores get into an ants body through natural holes in the exoskeleton. The fungus then absorbs into the soft tissue within the ant without effecting the vital organs. The ant needs to continue to function while the spores develop without anyone knowing what is going on.
Eventually the spores will be fully developed and know that it is time to act. They take control of the ant, which is now a real life Zombie hearse, and leaves the colony and climbs a plant. Once it reaches some leaves, it latches on to the top of the leaves and anchors itself in place.
The ant then dies, and the spores begin to mature and burst out of the ant’s head. The spores fall to the ground near the ant colony and the process starts all over again. This bizarre life cycle creates real life Zombies every two weeks in a cycle that can cripple an ant colony over time.
These tiny worms are very good at turning Crickets into real life Zombies. They live on land, within crickets until they are full grown and ready to reproduce. Then they force the crickets into the water so that they can be released where they will live and breed underwater.
It starts when a cricket ingests water that is infected with the eggs of the parasitic hairworm unknowingly. The hairworm then lives in the cricket until it is fully developed. The cricket has no idea that they are infected by a worm that will grow to be 3 or 4 times longer than the host.
Once the Parasitic Hairworm believes that it is ready to emerge, they will pump the insect full of proteins. This sabotages the cricket’s immune systems and turns them into real life Zombies. They are forced to jump into the nearest body of water so that they hairworm and swim out of the drowned host.
The Parasite will them breed in the water and start the whole process all over again. The crickets have no idea that something is growing inside of them until they are forced into becoming real life zombies. At this point, it is too late and they are sacrificed in order to deliver the parasitic hairworm to its new home.
Getting back to wasps, this variety flips the scripts on insect’s biggest predators. Turning spiders into Real life Zombies is a great way to protect your young from anything that way cause it harm. These spider slaves are forced into building a custom, heavily enforced, web while providing food for the larvae until being discarded.
The female wasp paralyzes the spider with a deadly sting so that it can lay its eggs on the spiders abdomen. The eggs then hatch and the larvae borough into the spider for protection. While inside of the spider, they will feed off of hemolymph, which is the spider’s version of blood.
As the larvae gets larger, it will move on to the next step in its strange lifecycle. The next step is to inject the spider with a chemical that is still yet to be identified by scientists. This chemical will allow the larvae to control the spider, turning it into a real life Zombie, to that it can being building the custom protective web.
The next time that the spider begins weaving a web, the larvae will force it to repeat each step over and over again. The end result will be just a few heavily enforced anchor strand instead of a full web meant to catch insects. This makes a well-fortified custom spider web that the larvae will use to start the next part of its life.
The spider is then forced to crawl to the center of the web and wait happily for what will happen next. The larvae will suck out any remaining nutrients that it can use and molt the spider. This process will kill the spider, and the wasp larvae will build a cocoon in the center of the web.
After a few weeks, the adult wasp will break free from its cocoon and sly away to start the process all over again. Just like the other two mentioned wasps, these wasp turn other insects into sacrificial real life Zombies so that they control to harbor their young while they develop.
The Real Conclusion about Zombies
When people ask if real life Zombies exist, they are astonished to find that they are actually very common in the insect world. While this is done on a much smaller scale in nature than it would take for humans, this shows that it is possible. These are just a few of the many examples of real life Zombies that occur every single day on our planet.