Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Carpenter Ant

Colobopsis leonardi

Description:

infected by an insect-pathogenising fungus Ophiocordyceps unilateralis (Ophiocordycipitaceae) and has a stalk sprouting out from the back of its head.! ant zombification begins when an Ophiocordyceps fungus shoots spores onto an insect. the parasitic fungus gradually takes over the ant's brain and direct the insect to a cool moist location... then the ant uses its mandibles to affix itself to a major vein on the underside of a leaf... where the host remains until its eventual death... and fruiting bodies erupt from the ant's head and spread more spores.!

Notes:

Hymenoptera; Formicidae; Formicinae; Camponotini

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

8 Comments

Richard Ong
Richard Ong a year ago

thanks to all and espc. to the Rangers.!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah a year ago

Congrats, Richard!

Saturniidae27
Saturniidae27 a year ago

Congrats Richard :)

Brian38
Brian38 a year ago

Congratulations, Richard on winning first place!

Ornithoptera80
Ornithoptera80 a year ago

Congrats, Richard.

Machi
Machi a year ago

Congratulations! Your spotting won first place in our 2019 Best Wildlife Photo Contest - Fungi Category!

https://www.facebook.com/projectnoah/pho...

Richard Ong
Richard Ong 2 years ago

@Sergio Monteiro
thanks... considered done.!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 2 years ago

Please, add this spotting to the "Arthropods parasitised by fungy" mission: https://www.projectnoah.org/missions/115...

Richard Ong
Spotted by
Richard Ong

George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Spotted on Jul 30, 2018
Submitted on Aug 4, 2019

Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team