Saturday, February 26, 2011

Zombie Ants

Stalk growing from dead ant's head
Zombie ants are walking the Earth. Actually, they have been for millions of years.

Ophiocordyceps unilateralis is a fungus that infects ants, hijacks the body, and uses it to find an ideal spot to spread spores. The parasite fungus can infect and kill off entire colonies of ant.

Ants have adapted though. When they see a friend behaving strangely or staggering, they avoid an ant zombie apocalypse by carrying the infected one away from the colony.

Pretty wicked, huh?

10 comments:

XXII said...

Creepy.

Ezra said...

Those things freak me out man.

blewp said...

Nightmares tonight methinks.

Vyper said...

And all this time people made fun of me for telling them that the zombie apocalypse is upon us lol

sildude said...

That is messed up.

Nina said...

i read an awesome story about this fungus attacking humans. paranormal, but still good, makes me a little afraid of this stuff.

J MeloDe said...

That's badass. :o Wonder if that could be done to a human... *queue eerie music*

Adventures of Life said...

That's insane!!

David said...

ah, i was just watching a video on this. makes you wonder, could this cross over to humans?

Alphabeta said...

They just need teeny shotguns.

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