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Picture of the Day

Zombie ant

This Paltothyreus tarsatus is foraging on something infected by Ophiocordyceps australis, a fungus that can act as a parasite of insects and kills or seriously disables them. This ‘zombie fungus’ infects its hosts and takes over its brain. The complete process leading to mortality takes 4-10 days and ends once the insect moves to a location ideal for the fungi to grow and spread their spores.

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