Weirdest SciTech stories of the week

  • Soul-sucking dementor wasp Ampulex dementor Michael Ohl / Museum Naturkunde

    In 2014, scientists discovered 139 new species in the Greater Mekong region of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. One of them is a vicious wasp that kills its victims by turning them into zombies and eating them alive.

    Ampulex dementor, named after the soul-sucking dementor spirits of the "Harry Potter" series, injects a venom into a mass of nerves its insect prey's belly. The poison leaves the bug able to move, but unable to control its movements, rendering it a virtual zombie. Once the victim is debilitated, the wasp drags it by the antennae to a safe spot to gobble it up.

    The species was highlighted in a report released Thursday by the World Wildlife Fund.

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