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Fungus Ridden Fly Head
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📸 by @mirrorlessmacro

Cordyceps to be exact, an insect pathogenising fungus predominantly found in tropical forest ecosystems.

The fungus hijacks the insects body like a horror movie zombie virus and forces them to walk to the top of plants.

Once at the top, the insect latches onto the stalk and waits for death, after which the fungus grows extensions out of the victims body.

The new stalks fire spores from their new elevated position and the process starts all over again.

There are thousands of cordycep variants, each specialized to work on a different species of insect.