Ophiocordyceps fungus vs. an ant

Video+timelapse by @anandavarma for @natgeo. This ant is infected with ophiocordyceps fungus. The beginning of the video shows the ant in its last hours of life, twitching under the control of the mind-controlling parasitic fungus. The fungus made the ant crawl up the plant and bite down on the edge of the leaf. The fungus then kills the ant and bursts through the gaps in its carapace. Finally, over the course of a week the fungus sends its reproductive stalk out the back of the ant's head. The whole purpose of this manipulation is so that the fungus can spread its spores more effectively. Photographed with the help of @joaofungo at the Adolfo Ducke Forest Reserve near Manaus, Brazil as part of the Mindsuckers story in the November issue of National Geographic. Check out Nat Geo's PROOF blog for a behind the scenes video of my work on the Mindsuckers story. #amazon #onassignment #timelapse

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Video+timelapse by @anandavarma for @natgeo. This ant is infected with ophiocordyceps fungus. The beginning of the video shows the ant in its last hours of life, twitching under the control of the mind-controlling parasitic fungus.

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