Parasitic Fungus Makes Ants into Infection-Spreading Zombies

August 20, 2014 7:40 PM

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A parasitic fungus that spreads by infecting carpenter ants can essentially make an ant into a zombie to carry its spores, a new study has found.

The fungus, technically known as Ophiocordyceps camponoti-rufipedis, doesn't take direct aim on a nest; instead, it latches onto worker ants on the colony's outskirts to make them into carriers, Live Science reported.

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