Zombie Ants: New Fungus Keeps Zombie Population Under ControlBy: Amanda Crum - May 10, 2012
There are so many weird stories about the insect world that would make great plots for horror films with just a few small changes; this is one of them.
Apparently there’s a fungus hanging out in rain forests that attacks the brains of ants and turns them into mindless zombies, sending them on a “death march” to a particular leaf at a particular time of day. Scientists believe this is to give the fungus time to incubate before it bursts from the ant’s head like something from a Ridley Scott movie and releases deadly spores into the air.
Give your brain a minute to process that. Now, take in the fact that a new fungus has been discovered which effectively disables those spores, keeping most of them from being released and infecting healthy ants. This isn’t happening in a lab, either; it’s straight up Mother Nature laying down some law.
Luckily, humans haven’t seen anything like this…yet. I guess if we do, we’ll know where to turn. Fungus.
@LauraDore are you scared of going to the park now?
Zombie Ants will clear your whole picnic in no time.
My heart goes out to all the zombie ants