dementor wasp

As if killer bees weren't already on your list of nightmare insects, there's now a new winged monster: the Ampulex Dementor wasp. The flying horror reportedly has the power to turn cockroaches into zombies, because that's Mother Nature enjoys freaking you out. (Yes, it's only after cockroaches... for now. But just wait until it flies into a radiactive field and grows to Mothra-size proportions.)

The nightmare bug was discovered in the Greater Mekong region of Asia last year and has one hell of a creepy way of getting its lunch. 

"Cockroach wasp venom blocks receptors of the neurotransmitter octopamine, which is involved in the initiation of spontaneous movement," according to the report. "With this blocked, the cockroach is still capable of movement, but is unable to direct its own body. Once the cockroach has lost control, the wasp drags its stupefied prey by the antennae to a safe shelter to devour it."

As straight up NOPE as this bug is, I have to admit that the name Ampulex Dementor is pretty cool. The wasp could have had a much lamer name, like "bicolor" or "mon wasp" but visitors at Berlin's Museum für Naturkunde voted on the Harry Potter tribute. 

Let's just hope it doesn't develop a taste for human souls.  

michael

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