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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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