Zombie Fungus!

Ophiocordyceps unilateralis is a fungus that preys on many types of insect.

It manipulates the host’s behavior to climb to a high place where the fungus spores can sift down to infect new hosts. The stalks you see emerging from the insects are parts of the fungus.

An ant infected with this fungus can wipe out its entire colony.  If the other ants know that one of them is infected they will carry the infected individual far away so it can’t explode on the colony.

  1. that-dirty-old-man reblogged this from badwolfteatime
  2. stonetta reblogged this from badwolfteatime
  3. nopaintrequired reblogged this from michimera
  4. zi-phon reblogged this from michimera
  5. michimera reblogged this from hominishostilis
  6. devilmaycryd reblogged this from fragiletactician
  7. my-hubris reblogged this from kozunobunaga
  8. kozunobunaga reblogged this from hominishostilis
  9. rov3 reblogged this from fragiletactician
  10. posteverycore reblogged this from fragiletactician
  11. fragiletactician reblogged this from hominishostilis
  12. kitten-kate reblogged this from hominishostilis
  13. hominishostilis reblogged this from sagrasa
  14. phineaslightfoot reblogged this from spaceadmiraldee
  15. spaceadmiraldee reblogged this from sagrasa
  16. jaded-sage reblogged this from sagrasa
  17. eggdiva reblogged this from sagrasa
  18. sagrasa reblogged this from badwolfteatime
  19. constituentbitch reblogged this from badwolfteatime
  20. burdenofeclecticism reblogged this from armageddon-dildo
  21. chapoulpe reblogged this from armageddon-dildo
  22. cacajao reblogged this from badwolfteatime
  23. genocide1944 reblogged this from armageddon-dildo
  24. armageddon-dildo reblogged this from badwolfteatime