The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar: Evolution's Most Unbelievable Solutions to Life's Biggest Problems

The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar: Evolution's Most Unbelievable Solutions to Life's Biggest Problems

On a barren seafloor, the pearlfish swims into the safety of a sea cucumber’s anus. To find a meal, the female bolas spider releases pheromones that mimic a female moth, luring male moths into her sticky lasso web. The Glyptapanteles wasp injects a caterpillar with her young, which feed on the victim, erupt out of it, then mind-control the poor (and somehow still living) schmuck into protecting them from predators.

These are among the curious critters of The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar, a jaunt through evolution’s most unbelievable, most ingenious solutions to the problems of everyday life, from trying to get laid to finding food. Join Wired science writer Matt Simon as he introduces you to the creatures that have it figured out, the ones that joust with their mustaches or choke sharks to death with snot, all in a wild struggle to survive and, of course, find true love.

Title:The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar: Evolution's Most Unbelievable Solutions to Life's Biggest Problems
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780143128687
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    The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar: Evolution's Most Unbelievable Solutions to Life's Biggest Problems Reviews

  • Hannah Greendale

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar reads like an evening spent with an eccentric friend who, with an ir...

  • Cody

    "The female wasp begins by seeking out a caterpillar. And like the ant-decapitating fly, she drills into her victim. Unlike the fly, though, the wasp deposits as man as eighty eggs into the poor critt...

  • Sonja Arlow

    3 fun starsI love watching QI (thanks YouTube) and regularly listen to a podcast called “Tell Me Something I don’t Know” so it’s obvious that I am a bit of a trivia junkie. This book is fille...

  • Rana

    Highly recommend this as a read-aloud with a friend or partner, there is just too much crazy shit in the animal kingdom to not share. One quibble though, while the illustrations were gorgeous, actual ...

  • Lubinka Dimitrova

    A delightfully silly bag of useless (at least for me), but interesting facts, presented with such humour that this turned out to be one of the books I mostly enjoyed this year. Despite all the gross d...

  • Linda

    Science at its most accessible, "The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar" is written in a voice that's a crazy amalgamation of Jacques Cousteau, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and a 10-year-old boy.This is a ...

  • Konner

    This book is incredible and weird. I love science but I haven't studied biology or zoology in depth, so I was happy to discover that this book is informative but not overly dense. It's the perfect kin...

  • Virginia

    For those of us who have wondered, "Oh My Gawd! What is that thing?" or "How can one survive in these tough climates?" comes a collection of stories about the strange animals we share this planet with...

  • Renee

    Okay, the title alone is great, come on. And I'm a big biology/zoology buff so this was a great book for me. If you're someone who is interested in the many creatures that live in the world around you...

  • Ian

    A popular science book with a bit of an emphasis on the “popular”. Not that there’s anything wrong with making science accessible to laymen such as myself, and if you are thinking of reading thi...