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Killer Fungi by melvynyeo Killer Fungi by melvynyeo
When people talk about fungi itís usually in the context of a tasty dish, or that fuzzy brown thing on your peach, but rarely ever are fungi referred to as deft, vicious killers. What you say? Killers? Well, fungal pathogens have long preyed on insects, claiming millions of victims yearly and all over the world. An array of pathogenic fungal genera can infect a broad range of insects [and spiders! --Ed.]. Once an insect has been exposed to spores, the developing fungus may induce behavioral responses in its host. These behavioral responses may result in improved spore dispersal and fungal fitness. But behavioral responses may also be defensive, ultimately benefiting the host. One of these responses is behavioral fever, in which insects raise their body temperature as a means of literally toasting a fungal invader.

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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Dammit, why is a dying victim of a brutal parasite so cute? This guy looks like a beetle version of Santa Claus! Really nice shot of this, too bad this poor beetle is doomed. 
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Semperfize Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  New member
Cordyceps if I ever saw it,
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Falken02 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
.__. wtf
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cptundead Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
It's a buny rabbit!! I love bunnies!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
haha :)
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SpazzinCat Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive mustache...
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Thanks! :)
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FREAKKATT Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so..... hairy 0.0
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
and Puffy :)
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xxXfishbonesXxx Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Student
Wow! I've not seen many instances of this but perhaps that is a good thing. wonderful shot my friend.
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