Oh The Horror!

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Zombie ants? Not quite, but the fungus discussed in the clip does take over the will (for lack of a better word) of the infected ants. To the point that the insects will hang from the bottom of a leaf till they die, at which point the fungus sprouts from their bodies. SHUDDER worthy pictures of fungus sprouting insects in the clip as well.
     Posted By: patty - Thu Aug 19, 2010
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totally creeped me out, so i had to share! :cheese:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/19/10 at 09:06 PM
cordyceps C.sinensis is the edible and medicinal one
http://www.nifg.org.uk/cordyceps.htm
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/19/10 at 10:51 PM
How come the top of the food chain keeps getting lower, and lower, and lowe, and low, and lo, and l, and , and, an, a,
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/19/10 at 10:56 PM
oh no! expat is hanging from the ceiling with fuzz growing outta him! 🐛
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/19/10 at 11:05 PM
I suspect the Cordyceps fungi were partly inspiration for the X-files episode "Firewalker", where spores of a new form of life recovered from a volcano made people go crazy and chain themselves to others just before the organism burst out of their throat and infected everyone nearby.
Posted by Dumbfounded on 08/20/10 at 05:28 AM
No, that story was, in fact true. It happened in a small town in Peru back in 1937.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/20/10 at 06:46 AM
did anyone see the movie 'the happening' similar and very scary.
(expat, i think i read about that! :grrr:)
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/20/10 at 08:07 AM
Beautiful. The elegance of that kind of predation is just breathtaking.
Posted by venomlash on 08/20/10 at 09:55 AM
i can't hear you scout LALALALALALALA!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/20/10 at 10:31 AM
oh no! :zip:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/20/10 at 10:18 PM
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