These Parasites make Real World Zombies

Chest bursting worms, brain-eating fungus, and castrating barnacles: the world of parasites is not great.
Everyone say a warm welcome to Jess Keating, who will be co-hosting Second Nature with Danielle. Jess is zoologist-turned author and illustrator who writes all about animals. We're really excited for her to join the team, and we hope you are too!

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Created by Dylan Dubeau
Written, Directed, Shot and Produced by: Dylan Dubeau
Hosted by: Jess Keating
Edited by: Jim Pitts
Story Editor: Cat Senior
Associate Producer: Andres Salazar
Examining the nature of the beast.


  1. Animalogic

    AnimalogicYear ago

    Join us in welcoming Jess Keating to the Animalogic family. Jess will be joining Danielle to co-host Second Nature. She is a zoologist, artist, and author of nature books for children. Also, she's a huge nerd, I think you'll love her! I hope everyone enjoys this episode - you may be tempted to go out and buy a flamethrower by the end...

  2. MJ Southerland

    MJ Southerland10 days ago


  3. Duskbringer

    DuskbringerMonth ago

    Just wanted to mention a wasp I was pointed towards in your 2018 Wasp Video: If you thought Emereald Jewel Wasp was bad, you'll enjoy Ichneumon Eumerus... It's a Hyperparasite, laying its egg in a Butterfly Egg of species that is Parasitic towards Ants, Mountain Alcon Blue. Ants are feeding a parasite that is slowly being eaten from within by another parasite. I was pointed toward this one by PlaguedByEarth.

  4. J.D. Maya

    J.D. Maya2 months ago


  5. Donald Brown

    Donald Brown4 months ago

    Welcome :-)

  6. Christian Bydzovsky

    Christian Bydzovsky4 months ago

    ...a flamethrower is always in my Inventar...

  7. Nikolai Orr

    Nikolai Orr3 hours ago

    I dont know if it's the fact that either I'm a mad man or I just enjoy reading/hearing about the biology of practically every living thing, but the jewel wasp has to be one of the coolest cases of parasitic zombification I've ever heard, cockroaches are said to be almost indestructible and yet a simple insect can destroy it easily. It truly is fascinating

  8. noodlefoo

    noodlefoo16 hours ago

    That's it, from now on I'm going to cook my food till it's burnt.

  9. Michael Luna

    Michael Luna2 days ago


  10. Morb1S1kk

    Morb1S1kk2 days ago

    Awesome soundtrack

  11. Banana Joe

    Banana Joe3 days ago

    Ok, this clip is mostly about parasites living in insects. But what about human parasites like: Trichinella, Brugia, Onchocerca, or my favorit human parasite: Dracunculus medinensis?

  12. KageNoTenshi

    KageNoTenshi3 days ago

    time to go play the last of us again

  13. David L

    David L3 days ago

    Nature is metal af

  14. Peter Yolo

    Peter Yolo4 days ago

    Ants be like: there's an impostor among us.

  15. Rentation

    Rentation4 days ago

    There's an impostor among us...

  16. Pan dji

    Pan dji4 days ago

    Bad luck for people in 2120

  17. roshea carrington

    roshea carrington4 days ago

    i have an aphobia of bugs i still clicked this video

  18. CaptainAdmiralMango

    CaptainAdmiralMango4 days ago

    Man, this really makes my insides turn

  19. Mikhail Stewart

    Mikhail Stewart4 days ago

    I come home from work and watch at least 3 of your videos everyday. I like your format. It's so chill and cool and relatable.

  20. Tien Hoang

    Tien Hoang4 days ago

    My eyes are a para sites.

  21. Nico The fantastic101

    Nico The fantastic1014 days ago

    😳The forbidden imposter😳

  22. Nicole Min

    Nicole Min4 days ago

    No one: The Last of Us:

  23. Gail Lewis

    Gail Lewis5 days ago

    Braconid wasps live on tomato horn worms. Yippee!

  24. GlinTaleo

    GlinTaleo5 days ago

    Imagine getting a blood test and they come back to you like, "Sorry, you have castrator barnacle. You may only have a couple weeks to live."

  25. Freshmemes

    Freshmemes5 days ago

    Just throw the whole planet away and start over

  26. Ben O’Neill

    Ben O’Neill5 days ago

    *ahem* What are ya buyin

  27. Get śmokeđ

    Get śmokeđ6 days ago

    Yeah our depiction of zombies are alot nicer

  28. Cat bread

    Cat bread6 days ago

    I don't think anything's safe Anymore .. .-.

  29. porsche 911 lover

    porsche 911 lover6 days ago

    last of us definitly knoses about this

  30. DT War

    DT War6 days ago

    Among us ant edition Ant no. 1456 is very sus

  31. yasee chaudhry

    yasee chaudhry7 days ago

    I had flys in my home & they were going berserk they all came so suddenly so we used fly killer & they dropped dead however when I went to pick them up one started moving so I thought okay I'll give it a minute and next thing you know there's a worm popping out & then same thing happened with the others! SOME CREEPY SHIT!😧😷

  32. OIBOI

    OIBOI7 days ago

    It aint crimes against humanity if they ain’t human... *”Honey get the flammenwerfer”!*

  33. MachoMachoMan Vert

    MachoMachoMan Vert7 days ago

    Just imagine those wasps being the size of a pelican. Humanity is fucked at that point.

  34. Ahmad Amirulhaziq Zulkifli

    Ahmad Amirulhaziq Zulkifli8 days ago

    Don't trust anything she said, . . . . . because she iS JUST KIDDING! ahahaha

  35. Ash Ichii

    Ash Ichii8 days ago

    Thank you for this information

  36. CrAzY LaZy

    CrAzY LaZy8 days ago

    I once was a nomadic lone ranger in the woods now i am afraid to leave my room...

  37. Mango Master

    Mango Master8 days ago

    11:10 yes truly delightful

  38. afenismama

    afenismama8 days ago

    Cordyceps are available in supplement form btw.👍🏽

  39. Used to be ryan Poop now normal

    Used to be ryan Poop now normal8 days ago

    2020 don’t do it

  40. John Laser

    John Laser9 days ago

    The jewel wasp is one of the most interesting insects in the world

  41. idfk why I'm here 64

    idfk why I'm here 649 days ago

    The ant and fungus reminds me of among us

  42. Alexa_

    Alexa_10 days ago

    *There is one parasite Among Us*

  43. Tolentino Levi, Jan Dre

    Tolentino Levi, Jan Dre10 days ago

    that’s so coooool!

  44. Pierre LeDouche

    Pierre LeDouche10 days ago

    I just had to watch this stomach-turning video when I was thinking about what to have for dinner. "Yes, I believe I'll have the nothing, with a side of nothing please. And for drink I'll take some Pepto Bismal. Or a triple shot of Jack Daniel's" Ugh>

  45. J i R O

    J i R O10 days ago

    Fungi - Sheep - Poop - Snail - Ants - Zombie PARKOUR!

  46. Kaelani

    Kaelani10 days ago

    The Nope Rope stikes again

  47. CriticalHit

    CriticalHit10 days ago

    Crewmate there is one imposter among us

  48. Mevrick 42

    Mevrick 4211 days ago


  49. Mr. Chill

    Mr. Chill11 days ago

    Ant colony: There is an imposter among us

  50. Gamesmasher

    Gamesmasher11 days ago

    One single spore can destroy a species

  51. Lynn Jacobs

    Lynn Jacobs11 days ago

    Nature is so fascinating.

  52. Anna Baik

    Anna Baik11 days ago

    We did it boys, we found the origin of the Among Us impostors

  53. Aimar Tammekivi

    Aimar Tammekivi11 days ago

    This time has come. Gamers know what to do.

  54. Safa Sarwar

    Safa Sarwar11 days ago

    This is the most grotesque thing I have ever seen

  55. Kim H.

    Kim H.12 days ago

    Everything about this video is cursed

  56. FoxxyPlayz118

    FoxxyPlayz11812 days ago

    Hi, Im just kidding

  57. long_haired _kid_3000

    long_haired _kid_300012 days ago

    ant acting sus

  58. Cindy Wolters

    Cindy Wolters12 days ago

    The cockroach wasp is literally the definition of chestburster

  59. CHAOS

    CHAOS12 days ago


  60. CHAOS

    CHAOS12 days ago


  61. StallMandibuzz

    StallMandibuzz12 days ago

    I have no idea why I watched this video, blegggghhhhh.

  62. Professor Dumbass

    Professor Dumbass12 days ago

    The fungus parasite is literally Among Us with ants and fungus.

  63. much muchier

    much muchier12 days ago

    Really informative but I could have done without all the religious comments snuck in.

  64. HeyItsMayo

    HeyItsMayo12 days ago

    Was partying in my friends garage when someone stepped on a cricket and a giant horsehair worm came crawling out... disgusting

  65. Grill Cheasy

    Grill Cheasy12 days ago

    Damn the castrator barnacle really make the male crabs to femboys

  66. SushiShinnobi

    SushiShinnobi12 days ago

    Ant parasites are just amoung us imposters

  67. Nuby

    Nuby13 days ago

    I want to live in a sterilized bunker for the rest of my life.

  68. Thë Ünšpökën

    Thë Ünšpökën13 days ago

    Lol imagine watching this video, and then you start feeling itchy and bumpy

  69. Cat Man

    Cat Man13 days ago

    There are movies like wordl war Z then movies that really have logic in the zombies like the one with the fungus that attacks ants and makes ants zombies or maybe that one with will Smith with the cancer figthing mutated virus all of these movies have cientific logic or at least probablility i like them

  70. Justin Genot

    Justin Genot13 days ago

    She is so beautiful 🤩

  71. Carla13boom Lol

    Carla13boom Lol14 days ago

    Dont give 2020 ideas🤦🏻‍♀️😂

  72. TheReunion31

    TheReunion3114 days ago

    Basically, it's "The Thing" movie going over 48 million years.

  73. DatMegaladon !

    DatMegaladon !14 days ago

    Cockroach: *Why are we still here? Just to suffer?*

  74. Jéster

    Jéster14 days ago

    Well I guess I dont want to go outside anymore

  75. RussianSpy

    RussianSpy14 days ago

    There’s definitely a government or two somewhere on this earth that’s finding out ways to utilise this into a bioweapon.

  76. Leandro Lacerda

    Leandro Lacerda14 days ago

    11:04 So the Chestbuster scene from "Alien: the 8th passenger" came from that...

  77. Ethan_da_elmo

    Ethan_da_elmo14 days ago


  78. jasoniscool8776 !

    jasoniscool8776 !14 days ago


  79. Jas_RedStoneWorks2.5

    Jas_RedStoneWorks2.515 days ago

    That first parasites really giving me Among Us vibes

  80. Eavenhascht Krauger

    Eavenhascht Krauger15 days ago

    All I can say is: EEEEEW

  81. Mohammad Titan

    Mohammad Titan15 days ago

    There is 1 impostor among us

  82. Brandon Marroquin

    Brandon Marroquin16 days ago

    Eewwwuuuughhhhhh wtf!!!

  83. Nolan Rudolph

    Nolan Rudolph16 days ago

    Don't worry guys, she said she was just kidding 0:05

  84. Shad Muh

    Shad Muh16 days ago

    There is deadly viruses in space and also all around us Because of the coronavirus

  85. Alexander Sokolov

    Alexander Sokolov17 days ago

    Need to buy a flamethrower ASAP

  86. Techno never Dies

    Techno never Dies17 days ago

    He’s the imposter

  87. David Mardianto

    David Mardianto17 days ago

    09:47 the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

  88. Wynona Zaryl Tendero

    Wynona Zaryl Tendero18 days ago

    There is one impostor among us

  89. Genotypic

    Genotypic18 days ago

    the last of us

  90. Dustin Clark

    Dustin Clark18 days ago

    In China cordyceps are bad for caterpillars and make humans king of the jungle

  91. Dalayzie1

    Dalayzie119 days ago

    To go from gaming/anime to this. Da fuq happened lol?!?

  92. Isahn Joseph

    Isahn Joseph19 days ago

    there are an impostor among us

  93. dogcam

    dogcam19 days ago

    Ever get a “Gut Feeling” your being taken over by microbiome?

  94. Adilinia

    Adilinia20 days ago

    ANYONE watching his while eating food?

  95. Burako Shimazaki

    Burako Shimazaki21 day ago

    For those that don't know, the fungus in The Last of Us video game is an evolved strain of this Cordyceps that infects the ants.

  96. Free Aim Annihilation

    Free Aim Annihilation21 day ago

    "Force males to be females" Sounds familiar.

  97. No Name

    No Name22 days ago

    3:10 song?

  98. Prod. Animal FCV-LUZ

    Prod. Animal FCV-LUZ22 days ago


  99. Silver

    Silver22 days ago

    What wpuld happen if you inject the fungus into an animal or human brain? And the animal/person are still alive?

  100. siixev

    siixev22 days ago

    Never drinking Kamikaze cocktail ever again.

  101. EBKLJ

    EBKLJ24 days ago

    My question is how the fungus know that the ants now know how to deal with the fungus

  102. Broke A.R.M.Y

    Broke A.R.M.Y24 days ago

    Every one gangsta,until your spaghetti starts moving

  103. Kyle Chen

    Kyle Chen24 days ago

    you suck

  104. Gerald Yeager

    Gerald Yeager25 days ago

    Ophiocordecyps *exists* Last of Us players: makes shivs

  105. Alex Fia

    Alex Fia26 days ago

    Soooo zombie are real??