May 13, 2011
'Zombie' Ants Bite at High Noon, Then Die
Ker Than, National Geographic
The fungus, a species of Ophiocordyceps, targets carpenter ants living high in Thailand's rain forest canopy. The parasite hijacks the ants' nervous systems, causing the insects to perform abnormal—and oddly specific—behaviors that help the fungus reproduce.
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