Hey, guys, I am back with an amazing top 6 Mind Controlling Parasites, Let’s Begin.
No 6: TOXIC CATS (AKA TOXOPLASMA GONDII)
Toxoplasma Gondi is a single-celled parasite that infects rodents such as rats and mice, which develop the disease toxoplasmosis. A 2007 study showed that infected rats, which are usually terrified of cats, become infatuated with feline urine. As a result, the parasite manages to steer the rat out from its hiding place and into the path of a hungry cat, where the parasite can complete its life cycle.
Inside the cat’s body. Yes, maybe that’s why cats are a narcissistic creature.
Fun fact Humans can also get Toxoplasmosis, in fact, it’s estimated that as many as 60% of people infected by cats and this is another reason I am a dog person.
It has also shown that it could correlate with cognitive changes in humans and there are a high number of schizophrenics who have the disease.
No 5: THE LADYBUGGER (Aka DINOCAMPUS COCCINELLAE)
Getting stung by a wasp can get so much worse than you realize. When the species DINOCAMPUS COCCINELLAE stings a lady bug it adds a special something to the pain, a special egg hatches inside into a larva inside the ladybug and then builds a cocoon inside her.
Sounds more like an Alien movie plot.
Surprisingly the lady bug is still alive, as it’s used as a personal bodyguard. The bright color of the ladybug keeps predators away. And if someone else still tries to harm the cocoon the lady bug fights the predator to save the parasite.
No 4: THERE’S A WORM IN MY CRICKET (Aka PARAGORDIUS TRICUSPIDATUS)
This is a type of horsehair worm, it is certainly not pretty but what it certainly does is simply Gross. The larvae of the worm get themselves gets eaten by a cricket or a grasshopper. Once inside they start to grow and change the chemical composition of their host’s brain.
The worm larvae need to be submerged in water to complete its growth and so by hijacking the insect’s neuro system, it makes the grasshopper commit suicide.
Yes, the bug is forced to jump into a nearby body of water in which it drowns and from its dead body the worms draw nutrition and once fully mature, they break out of its body.
No 3: THE CASTRATING BARNACLE (Aka SACCULINA CARCINI)
When you hear Barnacle, you might think of nothing, and if you live near boats you might think of a lifeless crusty growing on the side of a boat. But SACCULINA CARCINI is nothing like that. This Barnacle sheds its outer layers and like a syringe injects itself into any crack it can find in a crab armored claw. The Barnacle then used the Host as a tasty pantry and an incubator for its young. It wires itself into the crab’s nervous system and prevents any further growth of the crab.
The crazy part is if the crab is male the Barnacle gets to work and feminizing it by castrating it and reducing the size of the fighting claw. All in the name of improving the living condition of its millions of larvae.
No 2: MAGGOTS FOR EYE (Aka LEUCOCHELORIDIUM PARADOXUM)
If you are a snail, you think nothing of munching on some birds poop for a spot of lunch. But hold on buddy, are those some parasitic eggs in that bird’s poop?
Once the green banded broodsac larvae get into the system they tunnel into the eyestalk of the snail. By pumping blood and tissue, they build two throbbing structures that look like caterpillars. They also remove the snail’s aversion to daylight. Making them go out in the sun.
Can you see what is that leading too?
Daylight aka Best time for birds to hunt + eyestalk that looks like the caterpillar.
Yes, food for bird and home for the parasite where they have sex and lay eggs and thus the cycle continues.
No 1: RABIES OF HADES
It makes you seem afraid of water and kills you 99.9% of times that the rabies virus has some parasitic tendencies. The virus is transmitted through saliva into an open wound. And if there are no entry points the virus makes aggressive scarily aggressive. Infected dogs fight among other dogs and anyone near them often biting and scratching them to spread the virus.
Sound like a zombie movie, right.
Upon entry, the virus makes its way to the spinal cord and then up to the brain where It causes inflammation while human to human transmission is very rare 28000 people still died in 2010.
People with Rabies can become hyperactive and excited and exhibit signs of hydrophobia and aerophobia. And the by the time symptoms are presented it’s generally too late for the victim.