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Cordyceps fungus

Cordyceps sp.


Cordyceps is a genus of ascomycete fungi (sac fungi) that includes about 400 identified species and many yet to be described. All Cordyceps species are endoparasitoids, mainly on insects and other arthropods (they are thus entomopathogenic fungi) (Wikipedia)

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syzygy 3 years ago

Life is the most beautiful and misterious phenomena in the universe (known by human, who does not seem to take much care of it these days) and let's see: also it can be horrible beyond our imagination as well.

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 10 years ago

Cool!, I love this fungus

agravate 10 years ago

That really is quite scary. I'm glad that these fungi haven't developed into something that targets humans. Yet.

shebebusynow 10 years ago

I am absolutely Counting on there not being a human-dwelling Cordyceps. But what was that the BBC special said about "the more numerous the species is, the more likely to be hit with the fungus, keeping them from getting the upper hand"?

RiekoS 10 years ago

I think he should publish his own book.

patty 10 years ago

Have you considered making an exhibition with your spottings? I imagine you did...

patty 10 years ago

Your spottings are beyond imagination Sergio!! I love them!!!!!! =)

ceherzog 10 years ago

wow really keep your eyes open out there!

diego771 10 years ago


RiekoS 10 years ago

Yasser posted this and it is really scary to watch it.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 10 years ago

Jemma, C.Sydes, Anne Marie, Mayra, Rieko, Phillip, drP, Karen and Harsha, thank you.

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 10 years ago


KarenL 10 years ago

Awesome spotting Sergio!

drP 10 years ago

Great spotting. It's interesting how something that kills like this is scary in a completely different way than a shark or alligator is scary.

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 10 years ago

Spectacular Sergio! Awesome captures!

RiekoS 10 years ago

Nice series.
I am truly upset to see this....but this is also a reality.

MayraSpringmann 10 years ago

Wow Sergio! Grande!!!

Anne Marie McCaffrey
Anne Marie McCaffrey 10 years ago

Really interesting.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

Wild life is becoming aggressive/assertive. In this case of course the fungus. The beetle has to figure out a way of outsmarting these guys. Maybe produce an enzyme which will dissolve them completely.......

C.Sydes 10 years ago

creepy, sends shivers down my spine just looking at the photos; great spot though.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 10 years ago

Yes, Jemma. They control the insect's reactions, that's why these are called zombies. When the fungus is ready to release its spores, it drives the insect to a high place, from where the spores can be taken by the wind and spread over a larger area.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

Do these take over the brain functions?

Sergio Monteiro
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Sergio Monteiro

Paran√°, Brazil

Spotted on Apr 10, 2013
Submitted on Apr 10, 2013

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