The creepiest thing about a parasite in the animal world is that the creature can get so close to the host, they may never notice its presence. To be a good parasite, stealth is highly valued, or else you could be detected and lose your steady funnel of lunch.
However, some parasites take it a step further. The critters below feed off of other animals and get away with it. They do this not because of stealth, but because they have control over their hosts” brains, almost like wizards who cast a terrible spell.
3. Insect iridovirus IIV-6/CrIV
4. Euhaplorchis californiensis
5. Toxoplasma gondii
6. Green-banded broodsac flatworm
7. Hymenoepimecis argyraphaga
8. Zombie fungus
This doesn”t make me feel any better about parasites, especially now that I know they have the power to control minds. What a roundabout and specific way to evolve as living organism.