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Insidious and infectious some fungus spores invade the systems of insects and consume them from the inside out. Included in this gallery are images showing the result of a Cordyceps or Sac Fungus invasion on unlucky ants. Once infected the spores change the behavior of the animals making them move to higher ground and latch onto a leaf or twig to stabilize themselves. Over several weeks the paralyzed insect is consumed, the fungus emerges from the carcass and distributes its spores to infect additional hosts. If unchecked the infection can wipe out an entire ant colony!
Gill Mushroom (Stilbella buquetii) which has infected an ant, Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam
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00571929 Gill Mushroom (Stilbella buquetii) which has infected an ant, Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam© Paul Bertner
Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp) parasitizing moth, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00482227 Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp) parasitizing moth, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Dance Fly (Empis tessellata) adult, fallen victim to Pathogenic Fungus (Entomophthora muscae) that enters brain and causes it to land, climb to the top of bush and die, whereupon fungal spores erupt f...  -  Dave Pressland/ FLPA
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80143966 Dance Fly (Empis tessellata) adult, fallen victim to Pathogenic Fungus (Entomophthora muscae) that enters brain and causes it to land, climb to the top of bush and die, whereupon fungal spores erupt f...© FLPA,Dave Pressland / FLPA
Ant (Polyrhachis schlueteri) infected with Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp), Amani Nature Reserve, Tanzania
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00572415 Ant (Polyrhachis schlueteri) infected with Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp), Amani Nature Reserve, Tanzania© Paul Bertner
Fungus (Ophiocordyceps sp) growing from Ant (Polyrhachis ypsilon), Danum Valley Field Center, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00551608 Fungus (Ophiocordyceps sp) growing from Ant (Polyrhachis ypsilon), Danum Valley Field Center, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Fungus (Cordyceps sphecocephala) growing from insect it killed, Japan  -  Izawa Masana/ Nature Production
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00545221 Fungus (Cordyceps sphecocephala) growing from insect it killed, Japan© Izawa Masana/ Nature Production
Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp) fruiting bodies, emerging from dead parasitized butterfly, Manu Road, Departemento Cuzco, Andes, Peru  -  Emanuele Biggi/ FLPA
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80144701 Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp) fruiting bodies, emerging from dead parasitized butterfly, Manu Road, Departemento Cuzco, Andes, Peru© Emanuele Biggi / FLPA
Ant (Formica selysi) infected with Sac Fungus (Metarhizium anisopliae), Switzerland  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00423033 Ant (Formica selysi) infected with Sac Fungus (Metarhizium anisopliae), Switzerland© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Sac Fungus (Cordyceps tuberculata) fruiting bodies emerged from dead parasitized moth, Manu Road, Departemento Cuzco, Andes, Peru  -  Emanuele Biggi/ FLPA
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80136267 Sac Fungus (Cordyceps tuberculata) fruiting bodies emerged from dead parasitized moth, Manu Road, Departemento Cuzco, Andes, Peru© Emanuele Biggi / FLPA
Fungus (Clavicipitaceae sp) fruiting bodies, emerging from dead parasitized troglophile moth, Grotta delle Vene (Veins Cave), Ormea, Cuneo Province, Piedmont, Italy, january  -  Emanuele Biggi/ FLPA
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80144589 Fungus (Clavicipitaceae sp) fruiting bodies, emerging from dead parasitized troglophile moth, Grotta delle Vene (Veins Cave), Ormea, Cuneo Province, Piedmont, Italy, january© Emanuele Biggi / FLPA
Bonnet Mould (Spinellus fusiger) hair-like sporangiophore threads, growing from gills of parasitised fungus, Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire, England, September  -  Dave Pressland/ FLPA
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80173918 Bonnet Mould (Spinellus fusiger) hair-like sporangiophore threads, growing from gills of parasitised fungus, Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire, England, September© Dave Pressland / FLPA
Parasiitc Cordyceps fungus takes over brain of an ant, then kills it, Peru  -  Mark Moffett
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00129341 Parasiitc Cordyceps fungus takes over brain of an ant, then kills it, Peru© Mark Moffett
Ant (Pachycondyla sp) attacked by an insect eating Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp), Guinea  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298249 Ant (Pachycondyla sp) attacked by an insect eating Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp), Guinea© Piotr Naskrecki
Ant with fatal fungal infection, Florida  -  Stephen Dalton
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00531892 Ant with fatal fungal infection, Florida© Stephen Dalton
Tarantula (Theraphosidae) carcass of animal parasitized by fungus, western slope of Andes, Mindo Cloud Forest, Ecuador  -  James Christensen
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70005886 Tarantula (Theraphosidae) carcass of animal parasitized by fungus, western slope of Andes, Mindo Cloud Forest, Ecuador© James Christensen
Grasshopper (Catantops sp) killed by an unidentified fungus, Guinea, West Africa  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298252 Grasshopper (Catantops sp) killed by an unidentified fungus, Guinea, West Africa© Piotr Naskrecki
Unidentified Planthopper killed by Sac Fungus (Metarhizium sp), Guinea, West Africa  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298251 Unidentified Planthopper killed by Sac Fungus (Metarhizium sp), Guinea, West Africa© Piotr Naskrecki
Cicada (Cicadidae) killed by a parasitic fungus, Kibale National Reserve, Uganda  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00518962 Cicada (Cicadidae) killed by a parasitic fungus, Kibale National Reserve, Uganda© Chien Lee
Giant Forest Ant (Camponotus gigas) with Fungus (Ophiocordyceps halabalaensis) infection, Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia
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00572033 Giant Forest Ant (Camponotus gigas) with Fungus (Ophiocordyceps halabalaensis) infection, Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia© Paul Bertner
Fungus (Ophiocordyceps odonatae) which has infected a dragonfly, Antananarivo, Madagascar
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00572081 Fungus (Ophiocordyceps odonatae) which has infected a dragonfly, Antananarivo, Madagascar© Paul Bertner
Fungus (Akanthomyces sp) which has infected a moth, Leticia, Amazon, Colombia
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00572299 Fungus (Akanthomyces sp) which has infected a moth, Leticia, Amazon, Colombia© Paul Bertner
Fungus (Ophiocordyceps humbertii) which has infected a wasp, Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
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00572537 Fungus (Ophiocordyceps humbertii) which has infected a wasp, Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia© Paul Bertner
Fungus (Torrubiella sp) which has infected a spider, Antananarivo, Madagascar
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00572427 Fungus (Torrubiella sp) which has infected a spider, Antananarivo, Madagascar© Paul Bertner
Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp) fruiting bodies emerging from dead parasitized Spider (Ctenidae sp), Manu Road, Departemento Cuzco, Andes, Peru  -  Emanuele Biggi/ FLPA
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80144587 Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp) fruiting bodies emerging from dead parasitized Spider (Ctenidae sp), Manu Road, Departemento Cuzco, Andes, Peru© Emanuele Biggi / FLPA
Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp) fruiting bodies, emerging from dead parasitized butterfly, Manu Road, Departemento Cuzco, Andes, Peru  -  Emanuele Biggi/ FLPA
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80144702 Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp) fruiting bodies, emerging from dead parasitized butterfly, Manu Road, Departemento Cuzco, Andes, Peru© Emanuele Biggi / FLPA
Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) infected with Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp), Preah Monivong National Park, Cambodia
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00571919 Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) infected with Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp), Preah Monivong National Park, Cambodia© Paul Bertner
Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp) parasitizing ant, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00476090 Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp) parasitizing ant, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp) mycelium covering cricket that was parasitized and killed by the fungus, Sipaliwini, Surinam  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00479256 Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp) mycelium covering cricket that was parasitized and killed by the fungus, Sipaliwini, Surinam© Piotr Naskrecki
Giant Forest Ant (Camponotus gigas) infected with Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp), Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia
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00572034 Giant Forest Ant (Camponotus gigas) infected with Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp), Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia© Paul Bertner
Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp) which has infected an ant, Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
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00571928 Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp) which has infected an ant, Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia© Paul Bertner
Giant Forest Ant (Camponotus gigas) infected with Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp), Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
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00572035 Giant Forest Ant (Camponotus gigas) infected with Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp), Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia© Paul Bertner
Grasshopper (Orthoptera sp) adult, killed by Pathogenic Fungus (Entomophthora sp) infection, fungus causes grasshopper to climb stalk before dying so spores will spread further, Pyrenees, Ariege, Fran...  -  Richard Becker/ FLPA
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80136032 Grasshopper (Orthoptera sp) adult, killed by Pathogenic Fungus (Entomophthora sp) infection, fungus causes grasshopper to climb stalk before dying so spores will spread further, Pyrenees, Ariege, Fran...© Richard Becker / FLPA
Sac Fungus (Cordyceps caloceroides) which has infected a spider, Yasuni National Park, Ecuador
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00572064 Sac Fungus (Cordyceps caloceroides) which has infected a spider, Yasuni National Park, Ecuador© Paul Bertner
A sciarid fly larva (Lycoriella auripila) killed by an entomopathogenic fungus  -  Nigel Cattlin/ FLPA
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80103064 A sciarid fly larva (Lycoriella auripila) killed by an entomopathogenic fungus© Nigel Cattlin / FLPA
Cordyceps fungus takes over brain of an ant, then kills it, Peru  -  Mark Moffett
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00129342 Cordyceps fungus takes over brain of an ant, then kills it, Peru© Mark Moffett
Fungus (Ophiocordyceps dipterigena) parasitic mushrooms emerging from robber fly after it has consumed its interior, Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Indonesia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00519027 Fungus (Ophiocordyceps dipterigena) parasitic mushrooms emerging from robber fly after it has consumed its interior, Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Indonesia© Chien Lee
Bullet Ant (Paraponera clavata) attacked by an insect eating Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp), Costa Rica  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298248 Bullet Ant (Paraponera clavata) attacked by an insect eating Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp), Costa Rica© Piotr Naskrecki
Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp) growing from a weevil, cloud forest ecosystem, Costa Rica  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00511367 Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp) growing from a weevil, cloud forest ecosystem, Costa Rica© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Weevil parasitized by Gill Mushroom (Stilbella buquetii), Costa Rica  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298250 Weevil parasitized by Gill Mushroom (Stilbella buquetii), Costa Rica© Piotr Naskrecki
Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) parasitized and killed by Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp), Sipaliwini, Surinam  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00479296 Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) parasitized and killed by Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp), Sipaliwini, Surinam© Piotr Naskrecki
Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp) parasitizing spider, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00482309 Sac Fungus (Cordyceps sp) parasitizing spider, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
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