But not all fungi feed on the dead.
Days ago a spore landed on this Now she's acting strange.
A network of roots has infiltrated her muscles.
Her body has been taken over by cordyceps.
A pound septic fungus.
It floods her brain with chemicals, drugging her, compelling her to head where conditions are perfect
Just the right amount of light, just the right amount of humidity.
From the parasite growing inside.
[SOUND] It forces her to clamp down in a death bite, and [INAUDIBLE] reveals its gruesome nature.
After three weeks of growth,
Cordyceps can release its own spore.
Infecting more ants.
Releasing more spores, infecting more ants
Cordyceps can wipe out entire ant colonies.
But more than just ants are at risk.
There are over 600 species of [UNKNOWN] spread across the world.
Most are found in
Where they prey on the whole host of victims.
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