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Carpenter Ant

Colobopsis leonardi


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.!


Hymenoptera; Formicidae; Formicinae; Camponotini

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Richard Ong
Richard Ong 2 years ago

thanks to all and espc. to the Rangers.!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 2 years ago

Congrats, Richard!

Saturniidae27 2 years ago

Congrats Richard :)

Brian38 2 years ago

Congratulations, Richard on winning first place!

Ornithoptera80 2 years ago

Congrats, Richard.

Machi 2 years ago

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

Richard Ong
Richard Ong 3 years ago

@Sergio Monteiro
thanks... considered done.!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 3 years ago

Please, add this spotting to the "Arthropods parasitised by fungy" mission:

Richard Ong
Spotted by
Richard Ong

George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

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

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