Monday, October 25, 2010
Israel yiddish childmolesters and the fantastical world of PARASITOIDS
For all the extreme, sometimes grotesque adapations of parasitic organisms, they are not, generally speaking, "dangerous." Parasites depend upon their hosts for survival, and have adapted to cause as little permanent harm as possible. Some parasites, however, seem less than content to wallow in a lower intestine their entire lives, and once a host has outlived its usefulness...why waste all the perfectly good meat?
Like Giger's famous Alien, a Parasitoid is defined as an initially parasitic organism whose life cycle demands the eventual death - and often consumption - of its host organism: A species that transitions from parasite, to predator.
Interestingly, the vast majority of true Parasitoids are insect species, and the majority of these in turn are members of the Hymenoptera - the bees, ants and wasps - though Diptera, the flies, are probably a close second. Let's get cozy with five of the most remarkable, most chilling killer parasites the insect world can offer! [Other than yids.]
Hymenoepimecis argyraphaga & the Hijacked Web
While there are many parasitoid wasps that specialize in attacking spiders, this species boasts a strategy thus far unique among known parasitoids. Targeting only the web-building spider Plesiometa argra, the adult female lays a single egg on the host's abdomen. After up to two weeks of feeding on the spider's blood, the wasp's larva administers a chemical that completely reprograms its host's behavior. The spider is compelled to construct a new web, but keeps repeating a single step of the process until it has instead built a small, sturdy cocoon. The spider then enters this silken bag and waits motionless while the larva kills it, consumes the remainder of its nutrients and uses the cocoon as a safe place to metamorphose.
Ampulex compressa & Cockroach Lobotomies
Also known as the jewel wasp or emerald cockroach wasp, this mere invertebrate was administering delicate brain surgery before our kind even started to bang rocks together. With her stinger, the female penetrates the exact point in a cockroach's brain to disable its escape reflex. Now, the wasp needs only tug at her victim's antennae like a dog leash and the hapless roach will follow her straight into her burrow, where she lays a single egg on the host's body and seals up the tunnel behind her. Over the next two weeks, the larval wasp consumes the organs of the cockroach in just the right order to keep it alive for almost the entire process, until the parasite is ready to pupate in its hollowed-out carcass.
Mantispidae & arachnid abortion
One of the most wicked-awesome insects you may have never known about, these aggressive hunters are closely related to the ant-lions, earn the name "mantidfly" with their vicious raptorial appendages, and often mimic wasps to give other predators the impression of venomousness. Is there anything more that could make these insects text-book-cool? How about being "brood parasitoids" of wolf spiders? In several species, the tiny larvae lie almost dormant in the body of a female spider, subsisting on her blood until she finally mates and begins to lay eggs. At this point, the future mantidflies exit their host's body and sneak into her silken egg sac as it's still being formed, where they can freely feast upon the developing spiderlings.
Glyptapanteles & caterpillar zombies
By now we know that screwing and laying eggs in other insects is par for the course when it comes to parasitoids, but at least their hosts can look forward to the merciful embrace of death once the wasplings are done feasting on their viscera; Mother Nature owes them at least that small token of mercy, right? It's not like she's a completely cold-hearted monster!
Oh wait, no, she totally is...When larval Glyptapanteles wasps tunnel back out of their caterpillar host, they still need to cocoon themselves and undergo their own metamorphosis into adults, which leaves them open to attack from ants, beetles, bugs and even other parasitic wasps looking to exact some ironic justice. To better survive in this vulnerable state, the wasps make an unwilling bodyguard of the only thing more gruesome than themselves: a still-living, half-eaten, "zombified" caterpillar.
Riddled with holes and left with just barely enough innards to still walk around, the caterpillar spends the following weeks curled up over the wasp cocoons, carefully blanketing them in its own silk and flailing madly at any other insects that get too close. It doesn't eat, it doesn't rest and it sure as hell doesn't turn into a butterfly. Absolutely all of its energy is poured into protecting the very monsters who were previously drilling through its entrails, and just when they emerge from the cocoons as adult wasps, their rotting servitor at last collapses of starvation.
Dissections show that at least one wasp remains behind in the caterpillar's body, doomed to die along with it, but we aren't quite certain how they determine which sibling gets stuck with corpse duty, and just how it achieves such drastic overhaul of the host's behaviour is something biologists are still looking into. You know, in between the nightmares.
[Speaking of Nightmares here's Ben Franklin's spin on parasitoid yids:
"I fully agree with General Washington, that we must protect this young nation from an insidious influence and impenetration. That menace, gentlemen, is the Jews. In whatever country Jews have settled in any great number, they have lowered its moral tone; depreciated its commercial integrity; have segregated themselves and have not been assimilated; have sneered at and tried to undermine the Christian religion upon which that nation is founded, by objecting to its restrictions; have built up a state within the state; and when opposed have tried to strangle that country to death financially, as in the case of Spain and Portugal. For over 1,700 years, the Jews have been bewailing their sad fate in that they have been exiled from their homeland, as they call Palestine[whatever]. But, gentlemen, did the world give it to them in fee simple, they would at once find some reason for not returning. Why"?...
"Because they are vampires, and vampires do not live on vampires. They cannot live only among themselves. They must subsist on Christians and other peoples not of their race."
"If you do not exclude them from these United States in the Constitution, in less than 200 years they will have swarmed here in such great numbers that they will dominate and devour the land, and change our form of government, for which we Americans have shed our blood, given our lives, our substance, and jeopardized our liberty. If you do not exclude them, in less than 200 years our descendants will be working in the fields to furnish them substance, while they will be in the counting houses rubbing their hands. I warn you, gentlemen, if you do not exclude the Jews for all time, your children will curse you in your graves."
- Benjamin Franklin]
Written by Jonathan C. Wojcik - Photo credits unknown or from public news outlets.