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Strange facts you don’t know – Part 5

Is the parasitic monster that controls the brain real?

Ophiocordyceps unilateralis is a species of fungus that is particularly notable for the life cycle of its infecting its insect host. It causes an infection in the “leg” region of ants, where it develops into a fruiting body (the mushroom) and then grows outwards to completely cover the ant’s body. Then when another worker tries to remove this massive structure, another smaller version of itself forms inside them—and they die!

This substance was first discovered by Chinese scientist Zhang Xiaohua in 1972 while he was studying fungi at Nanjing Forestry University; he named these spores after himself because they looked like eyes (he thought they were) and also because they had such a strange lifecycle compared with other species at that time.

The process by which the mushroom grows outwards from the ant’s leg is called zoosporogenesis, and it happens when the spores germinate in the body of a host. When they do, they form hyphae (threadlike filaments) that grow through the insect’s body until they reach its head; then they branch off into smaller “fingers” which penetrate into each eye socket.

From there, the fungus begins to grow outwards and downwards until it completely covers the ant’s head; this is why we see these structures looking like eyes staring back at us in pictures. This process takes between six and nine days, after which the fruiting body emerges through a hole in the top of its head (which will eventually open up into a funnel-like structure).

The fungus then releases spores that are carried away by air currents to other ants.

The fungus is only able to grow in ants that are living in their natural habitat; if it’s removed from these conditions, it will die. This means that it is not a threat to humans or other animals (unless they eat the infected ants).

The fungus is able to grow on ant bodies because they have a similar structure. Ants are made up of many different body parts that work together in order to move and function; the same is true for us humans. For example, if one of your legs was missing, you wouldn’t be able to walk around like normal.

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