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Cordyceps fungus on a moth

Cordyceps fungus on a moth

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Cordyceps fungus growing on a dead moth. Cordyceps is an example of a parasitic fungus that releases airborne spores which infect and slowly destroy the bodies of insects. The fungus can sometimes alter the behaviour of its host before killing it, ensuring the insect will die in a high place, enabling the spores of the fungus to be spread easily. Photographed in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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