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Pest control: Ants become headless zombies

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The flies lay eggs on the fire ants, and the eggs hatch into maggots inside the ant and eat away at the pest's tiny brain. The ant will get up and wander for about two weeks while the maggot feeds, said Rob Plowes, a research associate at the University of Texas at Austin.

"There is no brain left in the ant, and the ant just starts wandering aimlessly," he said.

About a month after the egg is laid, the ant's head falls off — and a new fly emerges ready to attack another fire ant.

Rachel seems grossed out :P

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Night of the living dead fire ants....


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Ok, as someone living in Texas and having to fight fire ants a lot, that's slightly creepy. No wonder I would occasionally wake up at the house and hear *brraaaaaiinnnnnsss* outside in little tiny barely-audible voices....o.@


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>.< eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek

*stays in NY* :P


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