Unlike the ants in Zombie Ants, Part 1 these ants “zombified” by a mind controlling fungus called Ophiocordyceps camponoti-balzani found only in the Brazilian Rain Forest. First, the ant is infected by the fungus. Next, the ant’s brain is controlled and the ant is moved to a location where the fungus can spread its spores and thrive.
Some forms of the fungus create so-called “infection spores” (see below) that stick out from the ant”s head or body. When other ants pass by, the airborne spores latch onto their bodies and begin the process again.
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