The Cordyceps Fungus Turns Insects into Zombies

Nature is fascinating. It can be the source of amazing beauty, but it can also be incredibly terrifying.

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Zombie Maker

The cordyceps fungus falls in the category of terrifying—it literally makes zombies. But don’t run and hide just yet – there is a bit of good news.

The cordyceps fungus (in all its variations) only attacks insects. We weren’t kidding about the zombie part. The cordyceps fungus invades its insect host and starts by consuming non-vital organs, and that’s just the warm-up.

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A Real Control Freak

Next, it spreads to muscles and the brain, where it gains control of the insect’s body.

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