Overheard at National Geographic
Overheard at National Geographic
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How I Learned to Love Zombie Parasites
28 minutes Posted Aug 4, 2020 at 2:00 am.
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Photographer Anand Varma details his very first natural history adventures—not in Amazonian rainforests or on Polynesian coral reefs but in suburban Atlanta—and how a childhood fascination with catching frogs and turtles in his backyard led to a career documenting the fantastical worlds of “zombie” parasites, fire ant colonies, vampire bats, hummingbirds, and jellyfish.


Want More?

Read about the zombie parasites that control their hosts, and watch a video of these mindsuckers here.

Also check out Mexico’s carnivorous bats, and go behind the lens with Anand as he attempts to capture the iconic shot of a honeybee emerging from a brood cell for the first time.


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The science of hummingbirds and what makes these birds the perfect flying machines.

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