21 Fascinating Photographs Of Cordyceps And The Killer Fungus’ Insect Hosts

Codryceps, or “Zombie Fungus” are a parasitic fungus that thrive in hot, humid climates like tropical forests. There are thousands of different types of cordyceps, and each targets a specific species of insect. Spores from this killer fungus infect the insect’s brain, and, later, the fruiting body of the cordyceps will erupt from that insect’s head and body. When it’s finished growing, cordycep spores burst from the fungus and infect any insect of the same species unlucky enough to be nearby.

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Ant

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Cricket

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps

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Moth

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Moth Pupa

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Caterpillar

Source: Wildeep

Scale Insect

Source: Cordyceps

Caterpillar

Source: Kotaku

Killer Fungus Cordyceps Moth

Source: Bent Media

Killer Fungus Cordyceps Spider

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Ant

Source: Youtube

Killer Fungus Cordyceps

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Tarantula

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Worm

Source: Mushroaming

Killer Fungus Cordyceps

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Larva

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Cockroach

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Noctuida Pupa

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Stink Bug

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Moth

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He was the greatest genius of our times whose contributions to physics have been matched only by a handful of others in history. Even so, nowadays Einstein is associated just with one formula: E = mc2. It has been called the most famous formula in the world, and even people who have no idea what mass-energy equivalence is still know it. However, there was a lot more to the man than that.

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Albert was proficient at math from a very early age
Source: Wikipedia

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Science Myths Hamburger

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