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Zombie Ants

There are several species of fungus that turns ants into the walking dead and gets them to die in a spot that's perfect for the fungus to grow and reproduce. Diabolical!

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  • After the ant dies, the fungus continues to grow inside it. Then the parasite converts the ant's innards into sugars that help the fungus grow.

  • The fungus preserves the ant's outer shell, growing into cracks and crevices to reinforce weak spots, thereby fashioning a protective coating that keeps microbes and other fungi out.