While Malena has spent the day learning how to post video both on her Blog and the web, I have been having some long hours at the job, and so, the Wild Kingdom update, complete with pictures, I had planned, won't happen tonight. No, I STILL have no camera charger, Amazon finally sent me a note saying So sorry, can't help, out of stock, but I had planned to borrow a camera and get some shots of JL 1&2 and some Madame Mim Cat Wheel action.
We will have that adventure tomorrow, if all goes well.
For tonight, you may not know this, but it's pretty cool, and weird, and has to do with Zombies, which is always worth mentioning, so I thought we should have a bit of a chat. No doubt Danguy will make some Evil Use out of this information.
(if you want a soundtrack for this try Jonathon Coultron's "RE: Your Brains" if you don't know this song, you ought to. You will like it, it will make you happy.)
I read in New Scientist, one of the coolest magazines going, about, no I am not making this up, Zombie Caterpillars. Really and truly. It seems there is a parasitic Wasp that will find a Caterpillar, lay it's eggs IN the Caterpillar, and then, when they hatch, the babies eat their way out, common enough...
(the second scariest story I ever read was a story, can't recall the name, by Lisa Tuttle, in her short story collection, Nest of Nightmares, about a very similar situation.)
(ok, ok, the first scariest? Snow Glass Apples. Nuff said.)
But, get this, the Caterpillar does not die. It then GUARDS the Wasp babies, the Wasps go into a sort of cocoon, and the Caterpillar fight off anything trying to get them, until the babies emerge all grown. THEN they die. All on their own, with no Voodoo Wasp interference.
HERE is the article.
I was going to try and find pictures, and go a little more in depth, but it seems the Voodoo Wasps have their own YouTube Video already.
Of course they do.
Made a really fine Rhubarb Crumble tonight. My first.
And that's adventure enough.
Love and Zombies,