Invertebrates - Danny Goodding


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Zombie ant!

Zombie ant!

This Florida carpenter ant (Camponotus floridanus) was overtaken by a fungus, Ophiocordyceps camponoti-floridani, and eventually died after the fungus puppeteered the ant and forced it to latch onto this piece of Spanish moss. The structure sticking out of the ant is the fruiting body of the fungus.

antfunguszombie antflorida carpenter antcordycepsCamponotus floridanusOphiocordyceps camponotifloridaniOphiocordycepsmike roess gold head branch state parkDmacro