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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2022 8:40 p.m. PST

… doomed to climb to their deaths

"Higher and higher still, the cotton bollworm moth caterpillar climbs, its tiny body ceaselessly scaling leaf after leaf. Reaching the top of a plant, it will die, facilitating the spread of the virus that steered the insect there.

One virus behind this deadly ascent manipulates genes associated with caterpillars' vision. As a result, the insects are more attracted to sunlight than usual, researchers report online March 8 in Molecular Ecology…"


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Zephyr101 May 2022 1:27 p.m. PST

"…the (zombie) insects are more attracted to sunlight than usual,"

If it was a vampire virus, they'd burst into flames… ;-)

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2022 1:52 p.m. PST

Ha!…

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