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Wasp species named after 'Harry Potter' dementors

Ampulex dementor turns cockroaches into zombies with a sting to the brain.

By Danielle Haynes
Wasp species named after 'Harry Potter' dementors
Ampulex dementor. (Plos One)

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.

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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.

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