In effect it has become the parasite’s bodyguard. And it will continue to loyally play this role for a week, until an adult wasp cuts a hole through the cocoon with its mandibles, crawls out, and flies away.
Only then do most of the ladybug zombies die, their service to their parasite overlord complete.
A predator protected from other predators, the ladybug would seem to have the perfect insect life—were it not for wasps that lay their eggs inside its living body.
I remember some episode of Planet Earth that showed ants and other insects that had been infected with a fungus, how it was changing their behavior, what other insects in the colony did when they recognized such an infected member, and how in the end the fungus grew and burst out through the exoskeleton and spread new spores.
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