"Incredibly, 80% of all insects live injungles. Few are more successful than theants. There can be 8 million individualsin a single hectare, but jungle antsdon't have it all their own way.
These bullet ants are showing someworrying symptoms. Spores from aparasitic fungus called cordyceps haveinfiltrated their bodies and their minds. It's infected brain directs this antupwards. Then utterly disorientated, itgrips a stem with its mandibles. Thoseafflicted, that are discovered by theworkers, are quickly taken away anddumped far away from the colony. It seems extreme, but this is the reasonwhy.
Like something out of sciencefiction, the fruiting body of thecordyceps erupts from the ant’s head. They can take three weeks to grow, andwhen finished, the deadly spores willburst from its tip, then any ant in thevicinity will be in serious risk ofdeath.
The fungus is so virulent it canwipe out whole colonies of ants, and it’snot just ants that fall victim to thiskiller. There are literally thousands ofdifferent types of cordyceps fungi, andremarkably each specializes on just onespecies. But these attacks do have a positiveeffect on the jungle’s diversity.
Sinceparasites like these stop any one groupof animal getting the upper hand, themore numerous a species becomes, the morelikely it will be attacked by itsnemesis, a cordyceps fungus."
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