Whether it’s bible-based creationism or its slick and stealthy revised version called intelligent design, we’re always being told that life is a miracle, wondrously designed by a benevolent creator.
We found some undeniable evidence of that in an article at PhysOrg: Insidious wasp gets ahead by tunneling through host’s head. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Gall wasps may feel confident as they infest oak trees for shelter and sustenance, but their wasp enemy has an even more insidious agenda, according to Rice University scientists. The wasp known as Euderus set, or E. set, deposits an egg in the developing gall wasp’s woody haven. The young E. set eventually chews its way to freedom – through its host’s head.
[*Curmudgeon sheds tears of joy*] That’s beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. The article then says:
Rice researchers nicknamed it the “crypt-keeper” wasp and said it’s a rare example of hypermanipulation, in which a parasite is manipulated by another parasite. E. set and its gory emergence are described in two papers led by Rice evolutionary biologists Kelly Weinersmith and Scott Egan. The first paper, in the open-access journal ZooKeys this month, describes the new wasp species in detail. The second, released today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, details the species’ ghoulish strategy.
Here’s the article in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Tales from the crypt: a parasitoid manipulates the behaviour of its parasite host. You can read it online without a subscription, but we’ll stay with PhysOrg, which tells us:
The discoverers named their wasp for Set, the Egyptian god of evil and chaos who trapped his brother Osiris in a crypt, killed him and then cut him into little pieces.
The tiny, iridescent parasite hijacks its host, Bassettia pallida, which would normally mature inside the crypt (aka the gall) and tunnel its way out to freedom in the spring. A female E. set deposits an egg into the crypt, where it manipulates the growing gall wasp, typically making its emergence hole too small.
When the wasp tries to escape, its head lodges in the hole. E. set can then consume the gall wasp’s internal organs and emerge, “Alien”-like, from its head case.
[*Curmudgeon swoons*] We’re not even half-way through the article, but we’ve excerpted enough. If that doesn’t convince you of the glorious existence of the benevolent designer — blessed be he! — then there is no hope for you.
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