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Zombie Ants!

Postby Omphalos » Mon May 09, 2011 10:09 pm

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Re: Zombie Ants!

Postby Liege-Killer » Tue May 10, 2011 3:09 am

Similar to one I read about a few years ago; in that case the fungus causes the ant to climb to the top of a blade of grass, so that the erupting spores can be caught by the wind.

Isn't nature awesome? :lol=:
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Re: Zombie Ants!

Postby Omphalos » Tue May 10, 2011 7:20 am

I smell a Siffy movie in the making!
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Re: Zombie Ants!

Postby SandChigger » Tue May 10, 2011 9:41 am

Really? How's that work? Is there like a gradation in the general Siffy stench, or an increase in the nose-hair burning acridity? :think:

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Re: Zombie Ants!

Postby Omphalos » Thu May 12, 2011 12:50 pm

SandChigger wrote:Really? How's that work? Is there like a gradation in the general Siffy stench, or an increase in the nose-hair burning acridity? :think:

:lol:


A general stench and a decent knowledge of the past.
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Re: Zombie Ants!

Postby Hunchback Jack » Thu May 12, 2011 2:40 pm

There's some other parasite that forces ants to climb to the tops of blades of grass and wave their front legs around. They get eaten by birds, and the next stage of the parasite takes place inside the bird's stomach.

Or something like that. Can't remember the exact details.

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Re: Zombie Ants!

Postby Freakzilla » Fri May 13, 2011 6:57 am

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Re: Zombie Ants!

Postby Liege-Killer » Fri May 13, 2011 7:12 am

Hunchback Jack wrote:There's some other parasite that forces ants to climb to the tops of blades of grass and wave their front legs around. They get eaten by birds, and the next stage of the parasite takes place inside the bird's stomach.

Or something like that. Can't remember the exact details.


Yeah... that's what I was trying to remember. Parasite + grass + eaten by bird, rather than fungus + grass + wind. I knew there was some grass in there somewhere, damn it.
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Re: Zombie Ants!

Postby Freakzilla » Fri May 13, 2011 7:26 am

Everything is better with a little grass. :wink:
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Re: Zombie Ants!

Postby Hunchback Jack » Fri May 13, 2011 9:49 am

Parasites are fascinating. There's a book called "Parasite Rex" which I can recommend, if you "like" that sort of thing. Warning: it can be a bit disturbing.

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Re: Zombie Ants!

Postby Freakzilla » Fri May 13, 2011 10:36 am

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Re: Zombie Ants!

Postby SandChigger » Fri May 13, 2011 5:11 pm

Yeah, there's a book I won't be looking for and a link I ain't gonna click! :lol:

There is (or used to be) a parasite museum somewhere in Tokyo.

Never been, obviously, and never plan to go. The stuff about it I've seen via the media was bad enough! (shudder) :hand:
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Re: Zombie Ants!

Postby Hunchback Jack » Fri May 13, 2011 7:01 pm

Completely understandable reaction.

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Re: Zombie Ants!

Postby Liege-Killer » Tue May 17, 2011 12:11 pm

Hunchback Jack wrote:Parasites are fascinating. There's a book called "Parasite Rex" which I can recommend, if you "like" that sort of thing.


There's a copy on my bookshelf. Carl Zimmer is awesome. :handgestures-thumbup:

I think I've seen a few episodes of Monsters Inside Me, or some similar show.
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