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Dementors Are Real, Are Coming For Your Soul…And Are Wasps

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Harry Potter fans, rejoice! Oh, no, wait…do not rejoice. Yes, another term from J.K.Rowling’s world-famous book series has made its way to real world, but this is far-cry from Hogwarts-themed amusement parks and Quiddich tournaments. VERY far-cry.

But it will intensify and cement your loathing for Voldemort’s forces of darkness for good. Especially if you’re not too fond of insects.

Reports are saying that the new species of wasp, found in Thailand in 2008, has been officially (and finally) named – Amputex dementor. If you were among millions who read or watched the adventures of young wizard Potter and his entourage, you remember that Dementors were ghostly, ghouly beings whose sole purpose was to deprive unknowing people out of all joy and happiness. Kinda like the taxman.

Still, in Harry Potter’s world, you could practice your Patronus spell to perfection and therefore build yourself a respectable way of self-defense against Dementors. Waving your wand to these would probably just make them angrier.

So, how do they exactly suck out your soul? Well, these Voldemort’s winged assistants work in a very eerie and potentially horrible way: their sting would paralyze the victim by halting its neural functions via toxins, after which the wretched wasps proceed feasting upon said victim. Somewhat similar to Dementor’s ability to suck all the joy out of one’s soul. Except much more horrible. And real.

Luckily, it has not thus far been reported that they do so with humans. In almost all cases, their prey were cockroaches – which isn’t all that bad, since these bugs aren’t actually topping the “most favorite living entity” charts, either.

The name was chosen over much more convenient suggestions like A. bicolor or A. plagiator. The visitors of Berlin’s Natural History Museum have cast their votes and thus new Dementors were born!

The choice of name “A. dementor” is described in Museum’s official plaque as “an allusion to the docility of the paralyzed cockroach.”

Harry Potter books and movies had their share of monstrous spiders and other, more fictional, dreaded beings, so it seems only fitting that one of the scarier legions of evil have given their name to the newly discovered kind of wasp. Wasp which is, suffice to say, a real villain of the wilderness of Far East. Let us hope that, for now, scientific thirst for exploration has been slaked. A few more of similar findings and things might get really frightening.

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