September 9, 2011
Mind-Controlling Virus Liquefies Caterpillars
Ferris Jabr, NewScientist
It takes just one gene to rule them all. With that gene, a voodoo virus compels its caterpillar hosts to emerge from their shady hideaways, climb en masse to the tops of trees, deliquesce and fall as a rosy rain of viral particles on their fellow healthy caterpillars. Soon, they too will make the climb of doom.
TAGGED: Caterpillar, behavior, viral infection, virus