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‘Zombie’ Parasite Takes Over Insects Through Mind Control | National Geographic ctm magazine

Deep in the Amazon jungle, a parasitic fungus called cordyceps infect ants and other insects in order to reproduce.
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  • National Geographic on April 30, 2019

    Researchers think the fungus, found in tropical forests, infects a foraging ant through spores that attach and penetrate the exoskeleton and slowly takes over its behavior. If you'd like to learn more, read on here: https://on.natgeo.com/2IFsAEU

  • GoD Is here on November 29, 2021

    2 0 2 9

  • William Jones on November 30, 2021

    2:10 The way it grows thru it’s head gives me the creeps.

  • turban on November 30, 2021

    I think the commentator tried too hard to sound 'cool'

  • L on December 1, 2021

    I will never know how the cameraman always be at the right place at the right time

  • Gabriel Morales on December 2, 2021

    2022 zombie bug comment

  • Ricardo Antonetti on December 3, 2021

    Parasect 🤓

  • Ricardo Antonetti on December 3, 2021

    "It was the most wonderful feeling. Harry felt a floating sensation as every thought and worry in his head was wiped gently away, leaving nothing but a vague, untraceable happiness."

  • IwotchVid3oz on December 4, 2021

    Terrible voice acting

  • huh what on December 5, 2021

    Wait particles in the air did this to a ant…..what does it do to humans?

  • Christina Graham on December 5, 2021

    I think i have seen this

  • Lord indominus rex 69 on December 5, 2021

    Naughty dog: “write that down! WRITE THAT DOWN!”

  • crustum cremo on December 5, 2021

    The original was better.

  • Donnie Darko on December 7, 2021

    This will kill us all. God have mercy on our souls. Repent.

  • The Paper on December 8, 2021

    When the Infection start all over the country:

    Normal people: praying

    TLOU Player's: S T E A L T H

  • lo on December 9, 2021

    tlou fans prepping rn

  • Dragon Boy on December 12, 2021


  • Ariel Malsi Real on December 13, 2021

    The Last Of Us

  • KW FLIPS on December 15, 2021

    The ants are living in the last of us

  • WasabiSniffer on December 16, 2021

    It's unfortunate my parasitology professor didn't even touch on these in class. and here I thought only the O. unilateralis for the Zombie Ants was the only one.

  • IRRTUM on December 18, 2021

    In humans it is ideas being transmitted by communication infecting individuals with a virus of the mind, getting them to behave in a certain way that is of use for the spreading of the idea.

  • Rose Lovingco on December 19, 2021

    Great short film

  • kari louise on December 24, 2021

    my cousin sent a link to this in the groupchat saying this will cure my other cousin’s rhinitis.

  • vsslsmchlks on December 28, 2021

    Go to 2:04 for instant fungus.

  • meowpower on December 30, 2021

    Just to think… I"ve been hiding in my room for 2 years now over a virus that gives people lung infections. And THIS is what insects have to deal with. 🙃

  • marcorp87 on December 31, 2021

    T H E
    L A S T
    O F

  • Tina Coston on January 2, 2022

    🤮 🤮 🤮 🤮 🤮 🤮

  • Amrith on January 2, 2022

    Why can't there be a fungus like this that targets mosquitos or ticks?

  • Danny Phantom on January 3, 2022

    Can those spores effect a human

  • Djjjjjjj on January 3, 2022

    Tory voters…

  • Issa eCheikh on January 4, 2022

    The last of us

  • Andreas Ovaki on January 5, 2022

    The microcosm is wonderful. 🙂

  • Julia on January 6, 2022

    Please stop talking, I cannot hear the cool music over your narration.

  • Sufi Rahmat on January 7, 2022

    look like zombie in last of us

  • SHPjealousy on January 10, 2022

    narrated by bear grylls?

  • Brandon on January 11, 2022


  • kx13-sniper Douglas on January 12, 2022

    The Last of us 2022

  • AdrianFox2000 on January 13, 2022

    Fun Fact : Cordyceped insects are good for human health

  • Dooleh on January 14, 2022

    We need mosquito, stink bug and wasp versions of this thing right now!

  • kvd1 on January 15, 2022

    This parasitic fungus can be useful for getting rid of crop pest and invasive species such as ants, but this parasitic fungus matures very slowly, up to a month and a half, and it can get faster over time and typical fungus can produce an average of thousands of spores per second, this parasitic fungus dies after it reproduces, because the is a limited food source, while other fungi that are decomposers can reproduce multiple times in its life, these huge numbers of spores are important for their survival because not all spores are successful, most of the fungus will ether get eaten or land on the wrong spot and die.

  • Super Soldier on January 15, 2022

    Now scientists, I know you are smart and like experiments. But for all that is holy, use your common sense and please don't do experiments on this fungus. Y'all already created COVID. Let's not add more misery and fuel to the fire.

  • Blake Guajardo on January 15, 2022

    Is this cgi?

  • GOD's students Got Talent on January 16, 2022

    Cordyceps synensis??

  • Campbell on January 16, 2022

    Well this gave me nightmares

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