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A fly fallen to a Cordyceps fungi.
Taken at night in Singapore.

Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cordycep…
Cordyceps /ˈkɔrdəsɛps/ is a genus of ascomycete fungi (sac fungi) that includes about 400 species. All Cordyceps species are endoparasitoids, parasitic mainly on insects and other arthropods (they are thus entomopathogenic fungi); a few are parasitic on other fungi. Until recently, the best known species of the genus was Cordyceps sinensis,[1] first recorded as yartsa gunbu in Tibet in the 15th century[2] and known as yarsha gumba in Nepali and "caterpillar fungus" in English. In 2007, nuclear DNA sampling revealed this species to be unrelated to most of the rest of the genus' members; as a result it was renamed Ophiocordyceps sinensis and placed in a new family, the Ophiocordycipitaceae.

The generic name Cordyceps is derived from the Latin words cord, meaning "club", and ceps, meaning "head". Several species of Cordyceps are considered to be medicinal mushrooms in classical Asian pharmacologies, such as that of traditional Chinese[3][unreliable source?] and Tibetan medicines.

When a Cordyceps fungus attacks a host, the mycelium invades and eventually replaces the host tissue, while the elongated fruit body (ascocarp) may be cylindrical, branched, or of complex shape. The ascocarp bears many small, flask-shaped perithecia containing asci. These, in turn, contain thread-like ascospores, which usually break into fragments and are presumably infective. Some current and former Cordyceps species are able to affect the behaviour of their insect host: Ophiocordyceps unilateralis (formerly Cordyceps unilateralis) causes ants to climb a plant and attach there before they die. This ensures the parasite's environment is at an optimal temperature and humidity, and that maximal distribution of the spores from the fruit body that sprouts out of the dead insect is achieved.[4] Marks have been found on fossilised leaves that suggest this ability to modify the host's behaviour evolved more than 48 million years ago.[5]

The genus has a worldwide distribution and most of the approximately 400 species[6] have been described from Asia (notably Nepal, China, Japan, Bhutan, Korea, Vietnam, and Thailand). Cordyceps species are particularly abundant and diverse in humid temperate and tropical forests.

Some Cordyceps species are sources of biochemicals with interesting biological and pharmacological properties,[7] like cordycepin; the anamorph of Cordyceps subsessilis (Tolypocladium inflatum) was the source of ciclosporin—a drug helpful in human organ transplants, as it suppresses the immune system (immunosuppressive drug).
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7camo7 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Insects: Creepy as fuck.
Killer fungus: Abomination to mother nature.
Insect corpse with killer fungus growing out of it: I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
incredible !
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wolfenphotography Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome. I just wondered why the eyes collapsed, then I saw the fungus. Amazing shot.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Thanks! :)
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EOScears Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Really really neato, what happened where it's proboscis should be
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Not too sure...
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EOScears Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
x) S'okay, I like macabre things :)
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DragonRoseArt123 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
Oh god the eyes...

Great shot though!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Thanks! :)
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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
Damn. The sight of those eyes shrivelled to prunes as the fungus tops burst from this fly in Giger-worthy detail gives me a feeling of terror that no horror movie has ever managed to duplicate. Truth is indeed stranger (and more horrifying) than fiction. 
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Thanks! :)
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ZealRaegus Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And this is where the idea came from The Last of Us.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
:)
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DubiNova Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
The way the eyes collapse are freaky.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
:)
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AzogThePale Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014   Artist
Its such an amazing parasite fungi to affect bugs like this, quite interesting actually especially it inspired NaughtyDog to make the game last of us.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Thanks! :)
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11-10-1990 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
Yeah
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
God, I love these Cordyceps funghi, they are so awesomely creepy :) Fantastic picture, I'd love to see something like this one day!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Thanks! :)
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now that's creepily disturbing! :wow:
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
:)
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HIGHonHelium Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Omg the way the eyes have collapsed into the fly's head is just fascinatingly disturbing D:
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
:)
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Loukho Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
CF. THE LAST OF US !!!

Awesome picture :)
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Thanks! :)
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rupted Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh goodness, such a beautiful photo of such a grim fate! 
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Thanks! :)
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Kalhiki Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist
Clickers!
After playing The Last of Us, it's kinda cool to see the actual cordyceps fungus at work.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Thanks! :)
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Collapsed eyeballs, that's disgusting....
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
:)
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Kroeghe Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
Cordyceps is even worse than I thought: not only it turns you into a zombie and kills you - it also makes you grow a dozen of humongous fungus dicks! How terrifying, indeed!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
:)
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