A new virus is turning caterpillars in the English countryside into exploding zombies.
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The oak eggar moth caterpillar in Lancashire, England, has been infected by virus called ‘baculovirus’ that affects how their brains react to sunlight.
It forces them to make a death march towards treetops during the day, which is not normal behavior for a caterpillar. Usually they stay deep in moss and undergrowth to shield themselves away from predators.
When they reach the the top of the tree, the caterpillars' bodies liquefy and the virus bursts out of their corpses and drips onto any victims below. That’s how the virus has been spreading to more and more caterpillars.
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