It’s raining virus-liquefied-caterpillars! Halleluiah! 
5 Disturbing Ways Insects Can ‘Hack’ Nature


#3. Baculovirus Hijacks Caterpillars, Turns Them into Parasitic Rainfall
The baculovirus sounds like a chrono-STD you get from boning the guy from Quantum Leap. But in reality, it’s closer to the plot of the Alien movies: The baculovirus infects gypsy moth caterpillars (who are kind of pests anyway, so do try to keep that in mind when we tell you what happens to the poor lil’ guys), then makes them climb to the top of the canopy and hang upside down. Which … hey, is pretty much all right with the caterpillars? If an alien virus hacked your brain and forced you to sit on your couch and watch every episode of Three’s Company back to back, you probably wouldn’t mind it so much. You were going to do that anyway. The caterpillar is doing pretty good so far. Ah, but the baculovirus isn’t done yet: After it maneuvers its host into a good position high up, suspended upside down … they make it rain.
Intestines.


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It’s raining virus-liquefied-caterpillars! Halleluiah! 

5 Disturbing Ways Insects Can ‘Hack’ Nature

#3. Baculovirus Hijacks Caterpillars, Turns Them into Parasitic Rainfall

The baculovirus sounds like a chrono-STD you get from boning the guy from Quantum Leap. But in reality, it’s closer to the plot of the Alien movies: The baculovirus infects gypsy moth caterpillars (who are kind of pests anyway, so do try to keep that in mind when we tell you what happens to the poor lil’ guys), then makes them climb to the top of the canopy and hang upside down. Which … hey, is pretty much all right with the caterpillars? If an alien virus hacked your brain and forced you to sit on your couch and watch every episode of Three’s Company back to back, you probably wouldn’t mind it so much. You were going to do that anyway. The caterpillar is doing pretty good so far. Ah, but the baculovirus isn’t done yet: After it maneuvers its host into a good position high up, suspended upside down … they make it rain.

Intestines.

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