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    Posted: 10 March 2011 at 8:56pm

“Zombie” ants fall victim to mind-control fungus

By Mike Krumboltz
Thu Mar 10, 11:52 am ET

'Zombie ants' may sound like the title of an Ed Wood movie, but, according to National Geographic, they are quite real.

Oddly, there's nothing very zombie-like about the actual ants. It's only when a particular fungus takes over the ant's brain that things get weird.

Once the "stalk of the newfound fungus species Ophiocordyceps camponoti-balzani infects an ant, the ant gives up control over its own body. After the fungus is in control, it forces the ant to scamper toward "a location ideal for the fungi to grow and spread their spores." Then, it's lights out for the ant. Who knew a fungus could be so diabolical?

These wild discoveries were made by a group in Brazil headed by entomologist David Hughes. National Geographic published a series of pictures of ants that have "lost their minds" to the fungus. You can check out a sample of them below. Not for the squeamish.


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Edited by Mack - 10 March 2011 at 8:57pm
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this article came out in august of 2010.

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The worst part is that there are no high rise ant hills for the hold-outs to hide in. 


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There is video of this occuring in the BBC Planet Earth series from 2006.



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I hate ants.
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