Zombie Ants (3 photos)

This ant brain slug. More precisely, this hypno-mushroom-master. He settles on the ant and turns it into a zombie. Mushroom subordinates insect mind their own. He zastavlet Goosebumps die in a special place, not anywhere. After the zombie ant covers an obsession to find the leaf 25 inches off the ground on the north side of the tree, so that the humidity would be 92-94%, not cooler 20 and 30 Celsius hotter.

hung equipment ant finds precisely defined list, grasps veinlets (!) jaws and dies. Waiting for the death of his taxi driver, the fungus begins to act. His spawn slowly flooding the interior spaces of the insect. In different parts of the fact that until recently was running, the fungus grows itself different organs. Fragile part of the exoskeleton enhances mushroom, soft remodel. After a week of neck ant process appears with a red ball on the end. We thought it was an eye-transmitting or receiving ustroysto, but it turned out this process is intended for reproduction. Disputes are hundreds of thousands or even millions (now held an accurate count) leave the red ball and spread over an area of ​​1 sq.m. under the leaf. All ants clan Camponotus leonardi, which were at that time under the leaf death or will be there soon doomed to spend his remaining days in search of a green leaf on the north side of the tree at a height of 25 cm.


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