New Species Discovered in the Greater Mekong Area

What the hell, nature?!

In Thailand, a new species of wasp (Ampulex dementor) was named after the soul-sucking dementors from the Harry Potter books due to its grisly hunting skills.

The wasp’s venom effectively turns its prey into zombies before they are then eaten alive.

“[The dementor wasp] hunts cockroaches, injecting a venom into the mass of neurons on its prey’s belly that turns the roach into a passive zombie,” the WWF report said.

“Wasp venom blocks receptors of the neurotransmitter octopamine, which is involved in the initiation of spontaneous movement.

“With this blocked, the cockroach is still capable of movement, but is unable to direct its own body.

“Once the cockroach has lost control, the wasp drags its stupefied prey by the antennae to a safe shelter to devour it.” …

In neighbouring Vietnam, a stick insect that measures 54 centimetres long was found less than one kilometre from a village in the north of the country.

Two new orchid species were discovered in Bangkok’s famous Chatuchak Market — being traded before they had been scientifically identified.

And a crocodile newt species found in Myanmar is already in demand in the international pet trade, with two of the newts being found in pet stores in Europe.

The list, dominated by plants, includes 23 reptiles, 16 amphibians, nine fish, and one mammal.

The Greater Mekong region consists of Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos and the south-western Chinese province of Yunnan.

The region forms part of one of the five most threatened biodiversity hotspots in the world, the WWF said.



  • Zombie Cockroaches sounds like a good movie!

    • Norman_In_New_York

      I guess this would be the sum of all your insect fears.

    • tom_billesley

      Send in Lieut. Col. Kilgore

      • Clink9

        Exterminate. With extreme prejudice.

    • DMB

      If the zombie creating wasp where to come to Canada it who effectively create a whole new batch of Liberal voters.

  • Everyone Else


    This bug, which goes from inside your cat to inside a rat, tricks the rat into falling for another cat, so it can be eaten by that cat. This clever bug uses both your cat and the rat to get inside another cat.

  • Why can’t there just be a new species of puppy?

  • mauser 98

    WWF should search Queens Park

  • Xavier

    Ampulex liberalus, more like it.

  • Minicapt

    And next year, global warming will destroy them all!


  • Millie_Woods

    The only thing more repulsive than insects is stuff that slithers along the ocean floor. There’s way too much diversity in the insect world and oceans for my liking.