Ampulex dementor is a newly described species of wasp from the Mekong region in Southeast Asia named after the Dementors from the Harry Potter series. Obviously, anything named after Dementors is bad news, and it's only a matter of time before there's some new street drug named Dementor made from refined fertilizer that causes users to try to suck their friends' souls out of their buttholes a la Bubba Ho-Tep.
Dementor wasps inject venom into cockroach prey, right in the belly, rendering it a "passive zombie," according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund.
"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."
I'm going to be honest: being turned into a zombie then dragged somewhere to be devoured is not how I want to leave this planet. No, I want to leave this planet on my own volition and IN A ROCKETSHIP. I am going to blast off for galaxies unknown! Oooooor do all the math wrong and shoot myself straight into the sun. Just saying, I've got the feeling it wasn't the D+ math students that got us to the moon.
Thanks to Stephanie A, furry and Jan, who are all stoked about not being cockroaches.