Last week I blogged about the Luna Moth and I couldn't help but get all Discovery Channel on you again. So here's another nature-as-fiction-inspiration post.
This week, it's about Zombie Ants. So there's this fungus which invades the body of certain insects (in this case, an ant) and rewires the brain so the ant possesses this insatiable need to climb as high as possible. And then when it can't go any higher,the ant grasps a branch in it's mandibles (that's teeth to you and me) and dies.
And the victorious fungus? It kindly sprouts out of the body of the dead ant, spreading its spores (that's babies, to you and me) to infect more ants.
The photos on the internet are gross, and I didn't want anyone spewing coffee at their computer screens, so I drew this to be kind to your stomachs.
I SWEAR this is real, I'm not making it up. So see? Nature did body snatchers and zombies well before Night of the Living Dead or The Forest of Hands and Teeth.