Zombie Ant

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Ophiocordyceps unilateralis (pronounced “off-eyo-cordi-ceps uni-later-alis”) colloquially known as the “zombie ant fungi” infects an ant after it is ingested by the ant by mistake. The fungi requires its host to die so it purposely infects the ants brain and essentially programs it to commit suicide after eating any large leaf. The fungi then programs the ants jaw to stay clamped shut so that the leaf it is anchored to provides a steady place to sprout and release spores, repeating the entire cycle once again on another unsuspecting ant

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