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UK Under Attack by Exploding Zombie Caterpillars

Accepted submission by turgid at 2017-08-02 21:15:06 from the Braaaaiiiiinnnn!!!!! dept.
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The BBC reports that northern England is currently under attack by exploding zombie caterpillars [bbc.co.uk].

From the report:

Caterpillars are being killed by a bug which turns them into "exploding zombies", a wildlife expert has said. Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside Wildlife Trust said the skins of insects have been found on Winmarleigh Moss, near Garstang.

The caterpillars usually eat heather and bilberry but are being infected by a baculovirus which causes them to seek light so the climb up trees where they explode and the baculovirus is released to seek new hosts.


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