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    Well that is what my son calls them. Don enjoys getting out and photographing wildlife...insects, spiders etc. In the process he started noticing small, often white spots on leaves. So he started photographing those but his little camera just didn't get the detail.
    Enter new camera that has the ability to layer images to increase depth of field. When something dies, other life takes over.
    This I believe was a spider.
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    That's a handy feature on a camera!
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    Now if they were Cordyceps gracilis you could make a fortune flogging them to Chinese medicine practitioners.
    That fungus lives i the Himalayas on buried pupae or caterpillers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    Now if they were Cordyceps gracilis you could make a fortune flogging them to Chinese medicine practitioners.
    That fungus lives i the Himalayas on buried pupae or caterpillers.
    I've passed that on to him.
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    My son has had a mold named after him.
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    damn, that’s cool.

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    Yr son too.

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    Theres a fungus among us!


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    Fascinating!

    more photos please
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    There is a Cordyceps that preys on ants. The species of ant that is vulnerable have evolved a defense strategy. As soon as they detect the aberrant behavior caused by the Cordyceps infection, they kill and dismember the victim, so that it cannot complete the Cordyceps lifecycle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKIP KILPATRICK View Post
    Fascinating!

    more photos please
    I'll see what I can do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    There is a Cordyceps that preys on ants. The species of ant that is vulnerable have evolved a defense strategy. As soon as they detect the aberrant behavior caused by the Cordyceps infection, they kill and dismember the victim, so that it cannot complete the Cordyceps lifecycle.
    I'm not sure if the ants here have mastered that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WX View Post
    I'm not sure if the ants here have mastered that.
    No?
    Host adaptation

    The principal hosts of O. unilateralis evolved adaptive behaviours able to limit the contact rate between uninfected susceptible hosts and infected hosts, thereby reducing the risk of transmission.
    O.unilateralis' principal hosts evolved efficient behavioral forms of social immunity. In fact, the ants clean the exoskeletons of one another in order to decrease the presence of spores which are attached to their cuticle.[11] Also, ants can sense that a member of the colony is infected, resulting in healthy ants carrying the O. unilateralis-infected individual far away from the colony to avoid fungal spore exposure. Plus, there are reports testifying that most worker ants remain inside the nest boundaries; consequently, only foragers are at risk of infection.[31]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    I asked my son, the ants do try to remove the infected.
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    I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned


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    The sheer number of insects that the fungus has evolved to prey on is wonderful.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    geezus h....can you make Austrailia look any more dangerous ?

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