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The parasitic fungus, cordyceps unilateralis, knows how to get what it wants when it latches onto an ant. By attaching itself to the bodies of its victims, the mushroom begins to grow through the ant's body, eating away at soft tissue, while leaving important organs in tact. Eventually the fungus forms growths in the host's brain, emitting chemicals which will alter the ant's perceptions and their responses to pheromones. This process of mind control, which takes 4-10 days to complete, is essential for the fungus to manipulate the ant to help it with its life mission.
The mushroom ultimately desires its host to reach an open location to die – preferably at the top of a plant, where the humidity and environmental temperatures are ideal for fungal reproduction. When the fungus is satisfied with the ant’s location, it eats the ant’s brain, effectively killing the insect.
To complete its mission and maximize its use of the ant, the fungus sprouts through the ant’s head, yielding airborne spores, or fungal babies, which find their own ants to attack. Other insects vulnerable to infection by fungi of the genus cordyceps include dragonflies, beetles, cockroaches, butterflies, and bees. While most insects fear cordyceps fungi, scientists have studied their positive effects. Cordyceps fungi are used in pesticides and as agents against malaria-carrying mosquitoes.
Originally posted by LOLZebra
Ah I have heard of this fungus from Paul Stamet (guy knows a LOT).
He patented something like this where you can buy a brick of mycelium (the white part of the fungus) and lay it around places where you want to get rid of ants. The ants find it tasty and bring it back to the nest. Over the next couple of weeks the fungus basically eats up the ants and boom... no more ant problem
Nature has its way to deal with everything. Better than using RAID and poisoning yourself / pets.
Originally posted by jackflap
Amazing stuff here! This reminds me of the X-Files episode where Mulder and Scully go to the top of a mountain looking for two hikers. The whole episode was about them two hallucinating as they were taken over by a hallucinogenic mushroom that encompassed the whole top of the mountain. It was my favorite episode. It was called Field Trip. Star and flag my friend.
Originally posted by TeddiRevolution
There is a short story about this fungus written by an internet author who goes by the name Josef K. Fantastic writer.
Really scary, if your interested here's the link. thejosefkstories.blogspot.com...
Originally posted by TV_Nation
Cordyceps fungi are used in pesticides and as agents against malaria-carrying mosquitoes.
Originally posted by CAELENIUM
It is thus obvious that even mushrooms are sentient. Possessing a mind ? Enslaving a host ? Sounds a bit like "demonic possession" ? One might also speculate that MALE GAMETE is a type of entity like as are the fungus spores exposed in this thread ? Are humans being attacked by these types of fungus ?