Zombie ant with a fungal spore

Zombie ant with a fungal spore

This photo shows a zombie ant with a fungal spore protruding from its head.

A parasite that fights the zombie-ant fungus has yielded some of its secrets to an international research team led by David Hughes of Penn State. The research reveals, for the first time, how an entire ant colony is able to survive infestations by the zombie-ant fungus, which takes over the brain and then ejects its spores out of the ant's head.

Image: David Hughes
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