Zombie ants!This one comes courtesy of a Junkie, but I can't remember who. If you sent me this link, please let me know in the comments below.

Seriously, how F**K YEAH! is this? As reported by National Geographic News, parasitic phorid flies not only lay eggs in fire ants, but the maggots "drive" the ants like a little insectile SUV to get it away from other fire ants (a-la Perry Dawsey's induced paranoia), eat the ant's brains and chop off the ant's head. Nature is so freakin' kick-ass it's downright awesome.

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The egg develops into a maggot, which appears to control the ant's behavior. The maggot "directs" the ant to a moist, leafy place — phorid larvae are vulnerable to drying out — a safe distance from other fire ants.

The larva then eats the ant's brains, causes the ant's head to fall off, then finally "hatches" from the ant's hollowed-out head about 40 days later.

"Not only is it decapitating it, but it turns the ant into a zombie," said Sanford Porter, a research entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.

 

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And they are using these little nasties

Texas and Florida -- releasing the flies on purpose to try to control the fire ant. Nothing could possibly go wrong there, huh?

 

Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

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The zombie invasion starts here

Bigger flies and bigger hosts and we're all screwed
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Holy Guacamole!

Could  you imagine one of those flies laying eggs in you, and then having them take complete control of your movements? Then eat your brains, and while you're probably dead(hopefully), it hatches out of you're emptied melon?? thats absolutely one of the coolest things I've heard about insects...

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More zombie ant behavior!

 

Check out this other zombie ant posting by junkie rfee:

http://www.scottsigler.com/node/4959

Cross-posting cuz we all need to educate ourselves on how susceptible ants are to becoming zombified, and how they will inevitably bring about the zombie apocalypse.

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Hell Yeah Bring on the Zombie Ant Apocolypse!!!

Looks like the Dark Overlord has competition for world domination.  It's either Scott or the Fungus!!!! Yes be afraid

 

BTW Glad you enjoyed the Article I posted this morning

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