Media reported about the «zombie virus» that plagues insects in Britain

© Fotolia / FatmanphotoukГусеница lasiocampidae oak. Archival photoMedia reported about the «zombie virus» that plagues insects in Britain© Fotolia / Fatmanphotouk

In the UK spread baculovirus — infectious agent that causes caterpillars to crawl into the sunlight, where they die, and later «explode», infecting other insects. About it reports The Telegraph.

A zombie virus has infected caterpillars lasiocampidae oak, which usually hide in the shadows to avoid being noticed by birds. The remains of insects found specialist from the Wildlife Trust Chris Miller, who was involved in capturing butterflies on camera.

According to Miller, what is happening with tracks reminiscent of the horror films about zombies. The infection gradually dissolves the insect and thins the skin. Sick insect crawls in the sun. Even weak mechanical impact may cause rupture of the skin, after which the liquid is released which infects other arthropods.

At Wildlife Trust, addressed to the British asking about insects and other creatures, such as snails crawl on the sun, as they too can be infected.