Wasp species named after 'Harry Potter' dementors

Ampulex dementor turns cockroaches into zombies with a sting to the brain.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |   May 9, 2014 at 9:35 PM

BERLIN, May 9 (UPI) -- Visitors at the Natural History Museum in Berlin saw enough similarities in a newly discovered species of wasp and a terrifying Harry Potter creature to name the organism after the terrifying dementors.

The public voted on the name, calling the Southeast Asian wasp an ampulex dementor.

The two creepy creatures share certain similarities.

In the Harry Potter world, dementors are creatures that such happiness out of peoples' souls using a kiss of death.

Likewise, the ampulex dementor paralyzes its prey -- usually the cockroach -- with a single sting to the brain. The cockroach then turns into a zombie, following the wasp back to its burrow where she lays her egg inside the cockroach.

The egg incubates inside the cockroach, hatches and then eats its host.

Related UPI Stories
Topics: Harry Potter
Latest Headlines
Trending News
Study: Runner's high similar to effects of marijuana
Study details Greenland's ice sheet plumbing system
8 things you didn't know about baby gorillas
Blood test rules out heart attack faster than standard tests
Researchers simulate part of a rat brain