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Rise of the Zombie Bugs

The Surprising Science of Parasitic Mind-Control 

Mindy Weisberger

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Zombies aren't just the stuff of nightmares. Explore the fascinating world of real-life insect zombification.

Zombies are all around us—insect zombies, that is. In Rise of the Zombie Bugs, Mindy Weisberger explores the eerie yet fascinating phenomenon of real-life zombification in the insect class and among other invertebrates. Zombifying parasites reproduce by rewriting their victims' neurochemistry, transforming them into the "walking dead:" armies of cicadas, spiders, and other hosts that helplessly follow a zombifier's commands, living only to serve the parasite's needs until death's sweet...

Zombies aren't just the stuff of nightmares. Explore the fascinating world of real-life insect zombification.

Zombies are all around us—insect zombies, that is. In Rise of the Zombie Bugs, Mindy Weisberger explores the eerie yet fascinating phenomenon of real-life zombification in the insect class and among other invertebrates. Zombifying parasites reproduce by rewriting their victims' neurochemistry, transforming them into the "walking dead:" armies of cicadas, spiders, and other hosts that helplessly follow a zombifier's commands, living only to serve the parasite's needs until death's sweet release (and often beyond).

Through vivid descriptions and captivating storytelling, Weisberger explains the sinister mechanics of nature's most cunning survival strategies, including the biological marvels and evolutionary intricacies behind zombie ants, mind-controlled beetles, and the fungi and viruses that reprogram their hosts' behavior. Blending scientific rigor with a flair for the macabre, Weisberger takes readers on a global journey—from Brazilian rainforests to European meadows—to uncover the dark secrets of parasitic manipulation.

Her examination of these creatures seeks to answer fundamental questions of their existence: why is a bug's world full of zombies, why are arthropods so susceptible to this zombification, and could the creators of zombie bugs ever evolve to do the same to people? Perfect for fans of horror and science alike, Rise of the Zombie Bugs offers a chilling yet enlightening look at the hidden world of parasites. It's a must-read for anyone curious about the true terrors lurking in nature's undergrowth and the unnerving beauty of evolution's darker side.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Puppetmasters, Puppets, and What Makes a "Zombie Bug"
1. Zombifiers: An Origin Story
2. Zombifying Fungus: Zombie Ants
3. Zombifying Fungus: Zombie Flies, Beetles and Millipedes
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Introduction: Puppetmasters, Puppets, and What Makes a "Zombie Bug"
1. Zombifiers: An Origin Story
2. Zombifying Fungus: Zombie Ants
3. Zombifying Fungus: Zombie Flies, Beetles and Millipedes
4. Zombifying Fungus: Zombie Cicadas
5. Zombifying Viruses: The Attack of the Ooze
6. Zombifying Wasps: The Original Chestbursters
7. Zombifying Wasps: Zombie Spiders, Roaches and Ladybugs
8. Zombifying Flies: Ant Decapitators and Rise of the ZomBees
9. Zombifying Worms: What Lies Within
10. Our Zombie Future
Acknowledgements
Bibliography
Notes

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Mindy Weisberger

Mindy Weisberger, a science writer and media producer, is a senior science editor at Scholastic. Her work has appeared in numerous outlets, including CNN.com, Live Science, and Scientific American.