Zombie ants that have their brains taken over by what seems to be the most malevolent fungus EVER.

"The scientists found that at solar noon, when the Sun is at its strongest, the fungus synchronised ant behavior, forcing infected ants to bite the main vein on the underside of a leaf. The multiplying fungal cells in the ant’s head cause fibres within the muscles that open and close the ant’s mandibles to become detached, causing "lock jaw," which makes an infected ant unable to release the leaf, even after death. A few days later, the fungus grows through the ant’s head a fruiting body, a stroma, which releases spores to be picked up by another wandering ant."

Holy hell.

(Science Daily)

  1. lucaluca reblogged this from mbyhoff and added:
    this is how it begins……..
  2. sfbirdie reblogged this from mbyhoff and added:
    Great, can’t wait to have nightmares about this.
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