*sits in silence for a while*



*sits silently for a while longer*

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I loved this. It might have horrified me if I wasn't already familiar with these beasties. In New Zealand, there's a fungus, known by the common name of "vegetable caterpillar" that basically zombified caterpillars. The Māori people used to collect the zombified caterpillars and use them as a pigment for traditional tattoos. There are related fungi which infect other insects, including cicadas. We also have the horsehair worms (which we call Gordian worms) which infect our native wingless cricket, the wētā. It causes the same behaviour in wētā as it does in crickets.

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