The zombie ant is the star of today’s spooky science!

Ants infected with Ophiocordyceps unilateralis might as well be the “walking dead.” This diabolical fungus produces a toxin that assumes control of the ant’s brain, compelling it to abandon its activities and wander off its trail to bite the underside of another fungus leaf. Once the so-called “zombie ant” attaches itself to this leaf, it promptly dies, and  a stalk structure sprouts from its head to disperse fungal spores that attach to other ants—and restart the zombie life cycle. 

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