Zombie Ants: New Fungus Keeps Zombie Population Under Control

    May 10, 2012
    Amanda Crum

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?
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Amanda Crum
Amanda Crum is a writer and artist from Kentucky. She's a fan of Edward Gorey, Hunter S. Thompson, and horror movies. You can follow her on Google:+Amanda Crum