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Golden Forest Ant (Polyrhachis ypsilon) killed by Ophiocordyceps fungi | by cclborneo
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Golden Forest Ant (Polyrhachis ypsilon) killed by Ophiocordyceps fungi

A Golden Forest Ant (Polyrhachis ypsilon) has been killed by a parasitic Ophiocordyceps fungus which has consumed its body. Before dying, the behaviour of infected ants is controlled by the fungus, and are directed to climb to a suitable location usually on the underside of a leaf. There the fungus kills its host and produces fruiting bodies which releases spores to infect more ants below. Sabah, Malaysia (Borneo).

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Taken on May 24, 2014