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In two sites in the Brazilian rain forest, researchers identified four new species of brain-controlling fungal parasites. These fungi infect carpenter ants and turn them into zombies, directing them to leave their colonies and die in places where the fungi can grow and spread. The zombifying fungus can be seen growing from the top of this dead ant's head

Like something out of a horror movie, the zombie-ant fungus attacks and invades the brains of carpenter ants. Possessed ants march to their death, and the fungus lives inside the exoskeleton.

Parasitic fungus Paecilomyces cicadae sprouting from the bodies of cicada nymphs. (Image: Elma Kearney/New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography)

“ Growth of fungus, Paecilomyces cicadae, Elma Kearney This ascomycetous fungus is an endoparasite of underground cicada nymphs. Infection begins when ingested spores germinate and invade the nymph,.

A gruesome murder along the jungle trail...  Synopsis of crime: The accused is a species of Cordyceps, a parasitic fungus that had infected a Euglossa bee some days/weeks back. (read more)  http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/potd/cordyceps-sp.jpg

Cordyseps is a genus of parasitic fungi that infects insect. It invades their brain and causes them to go mad. Then the fungus takes over their body and, after the insect dies, the fungus sprouts into this beautifully ornate fruiting body.

Codryceps, or “Zombie Fungus” are a parasitic fungus Spores from this killer fungus infect the insect’s brain, and, later, the fruiting body of the cordyceps will erupt from that insect’s head and body.

Codryceps, or "Zombie Fungus" are a parasitic fungus that thrive in hot, humid climates, like tropical forests where they grow out their insect hosts' bodies

Orthoptera infected by Cordyceps - a group of fungi that parasitize mainly insects.

cordyceps mushroom has a vast number of healing properties and health benefits.

malformalady: Cordyceps fungus is an airborne genus of sac fungi that includes 400 different species. All have specific individual host species. All Cordyceps species are parasitic mainly on insects and other arthropods. When the Cordyceps fungus attacks the host, the fungus invades the brain and causes the host to become disorientated. Its infected brain directs the insect upwards and forces the host to clamp onto a leaf, vine or a branch high off the ground and fuses with the surf...

malformalady: “ Cordyceps fungus is an airborne genus of sac fungi that includes 400 different species. All have specific individual host species. All Cordyceps species are parasitic mainly on insects and other arthropods. When the Cordyceps fungus.

Codryceps, or “Zombie Fungus” are a parasitic fungus Spores from this killer fungus infect the insect’s brain, and, later, the fruiting body of the cordyceps will erupt from that insect’s head and body.

diatomdiatom:Cordyceps bassiana, a common fungi found on dead insects.

Codryceps, or “Zombie Fungus” are a parasitic fungus Spores from this killer fungus infect the insect’s brain, and, later, the fruiting body of the cordyceps will erupt from that insect’s head and body.

Codryceps, or "Zombie Fungus" are a parasitic fungus that thrive in hot, humid climates, like tropical forests where they grow out their insect hosts' bodies

spider parasitized by a fungus

spider parasitized by a fungus