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Fungus-ed Robberfly says HI! by melvynyeo Fungus-ed Robberfly says HI! by melvynyeo
See this video! www.youtube.com/watch?hl=en-GB…
Taken in Singapore forest.

Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cordycep…
Cordyceps is a genus of ascomycete fungi (sac fungi) that includes about 400 identified species and many yet to be described. All Cordyceps species are endoparasitoids, 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, first recorded as yartsa gunbu in Tibet in the 15th century and known as yarsha gumba in Nepalese 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 and Tibetan medicines.

When a Cordyceps fungus attacks a host, the mycelium invades and eventually replaces the host tissue, while the elongated fruiting 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 fruiting body that sprouts out of the dead insect is achieved. Marks have been found on fossilised leaves that suggest this ability to modify the host's behaviour evolved more than 48 million years ago.
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Rootofalllight Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
The Last of Us.
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Krotera Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Those atrophied eyes.
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LaceyJibs Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Ewwwww ! Great photo, though ! 
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Thank you! :)
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IncompetentEgoist Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a mouthful. xD
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Thank you! :)
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pVVEN Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
So cool!!! I'm jealous that you get to see these things!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Haha :)
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LoulandLouis Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
the last of us ! O_O
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
:)
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laresgod Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
amazing! I always wonder what kind of bug I'll find next in your photos. Go on!!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
:) Glad you like them :)
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killmachine Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
probably the most fascinating mushroom i have ever heard about.

we alway think that we are the most evolved species on earth but this mushroom can actually control an insects mind to make it move to certain locations. kind of gives you a perspective of how evolved we actually are...
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Exactly, we wouldn't last long if we are insect sized :)
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Lastonedown Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Artist
This is awesome! (Picture and story behind!)
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Wolfy-89 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O  OMG
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Wolfy-89 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
=D

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avancna Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know a fossil of a relative of Ophiocordyceps, "Palaeophiocordyceps" is known from an infected male scale insect preserved in Middle Cretaceous Burmese amber.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Wow!
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avancna Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Here is the abstract www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18…
If you want, I can email you a copy of the paper.
And if you'll forgive me for tooting my own horn, this my reconstruction of the bugger www.deviantart.com/art/Florlib…
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Wow! Thanks for the link! :)
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avancna Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure.
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rupted Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's sad to see a powerful hunter taken out like this, but man, what a exquisite corpse! 

Beautiful work, as always^^
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Oh, god! The way the eyes have collapsed in like a crumpled soda can deeply disturbing. Even so, those fruiting bodies are quite amazing! I've never seen anything quite like them. :D
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
:)
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a creepy shot, really cool! :wow:
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Thank you! :)
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RyokoRosa Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Wow, that's pretty cool yet scary. I heard about this fungus. Now I think of it, it sounds like Last Of Us. 
Thanks, for this wonderful shot of this pretty cool yet grotesque organisms. =D
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Thank you! :)
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