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Although the ‘zombie ants’ are undoubtedly the most infamous, entomopathogenic fungi come in a great diversity of species, many of which specialize in a particular type of prey. Here, a weevil has been killed by Ophiocordyceps curculionum, and is now a host to three fruiting bodies that have been releasing new spores. Like the mind-controlling fungi in ants, this pathogen similarly manipulates the weevil like a puppeteer to position itself in the ideal spot before it dies. Yasuní National Park, Ecuador.
- © Chien C. Lee
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Ascomycetes, Ascomycota, Coleoptera, Cucujiformia, Curculionidae, Curculionoidea, Ecuador, Hypocreales, Insecta, Ophiocordycipitaceae, Pezizomycotina, Polyphaga, Sordariomycetes, South America, amazon, amazon basin, animal, arthropod, beetle, entomopathogenic, entomopathogenic fungus, fauna, focus stack, fungi, fungus, insect, invertebrate, parasit, parasite, parasitic, parasitism, snout beetle, tropical, weevil
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- Central & South America, Insects, Interactions, Parasites & Parasitoids