The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar

Matt Simon

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Beschreibung

A fascinating exploration of the awe-inspiring, weird, and unsettling ingenuity of evolution.

On a barren seafloor, the pearlfish swims into the safety of a sea cucumber's anus. To find a meal, the female bolas spider releases pheromones that mimic a female moth, luring male moths into her sticky lasso web. The Glyptapanteles wasp injects a caterpillar with her young, which feed on the victim, erupt out of it, then mind-control the poor (and somehow still living) schmuck into protecting them from predators.

These are among the curious critters of The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar, a jaunt through evolution's most unbelievable, most ingenious solutions to the problems of everyday life, from trying to get laid to finding food. JoinWired science writer Matt Simon as he introduces you to the creatures that have it figured out, the ones that joust with their moustaches or choke sharks to death with snot, all in a wild struggle to survive and, of course, find true love.

Matt Simon is a journalist who writes
Wired Science's 'Absurd Creature of the Week' column. He has also edited
Wired's 'This Day in Tech blog', which was compiled into the book
Mad Science, and writes a second column called 'Fantastically Wrong' that explores the strangest mistakes in folklore and science. He lives in San Francisco.

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 272
Erscheinungsdatum 21.09.2017
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4722-4201-3
Verlag Headline Publishing Group
Maße (L/B/H) 19,8/12,8/2,2 cm
Gewicht 198 g

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