Zombie Ants

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Scientists have discovered the existence of 4 separate species of what is coined “zombie fungus” in rainforests in Brazil.

This so-called zombie or brain-manipulating fungus alters the behaviour of the ant host taking over its body and releasing chemicals that overhauls the brain of the ant and controls them in such a way that it forces them to leave their colonies and relocate somewhere that is better suited for the fungus to survive.

The final stage of this parasitic death sentence is particularly grim, the fungus will guide the infected ant to a leaf and lock their mandibles in a death grip around the central vein, immobilising themselves and locking the fungus in position. Once the host has died, the fungus sprouts out from inside of the ants head and produces a pod of spores, which are then dropped on to the forest floor in the dead of night.

Although this sounds like the twisted plot from a straight to DVD b-style horror movie, “a fungus slowly turns host creatures into zombies before killing them off. The Parasites are a reality and they are destroying colonies of ants in the Amazonian rainforest at a staggering rate.

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One Response to “Zombie Ants”

  1. The Good Greatsby Says:

    Zombie Ants!? Now I know why we never had an ant problem until the time we left brains out on the counter overnight.

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