Night of the Living Bugs

Zombie cockroaches are one thing, but zombified humans? I take on behavior-changing parasites in my article for the Athens Science Observer titled Night of the Living Bugs.

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Bullet ants are scary enough alive. Tiputini Research Station, Ecuador, September 2014

I was excited to write this after seeing Ophiocordyceps fungi in the flesh while studying abroad in Ecuador a couple years previous. What I found most interesting was just how specifically the fungi controls ants, causing them to move to specific heights and cardinal directions before signalling them to clamp onto a leaf and die, allowing the fruiting body to rain onto their brethren below.

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