This is one of the most interesting things I've learned about this week! It's something right out of Star Trek. A fungus called cordyceps invades an insect's or anthropod's body and uses it for its own means of growing. (A few types of fungi are parasitic on other fungi.) This marvelous photo below shows one type of cordyceps fungi using a tarantula as a host body. The fungus gradually replaces the tissue of the other life form with its own. Once the original life form succumbs to death, the fungus keeps growing. During this life and death process this fungus can also invade its host's brain and uses the power of disorientation to draw the host toward a favorable environment from which it has the best chance of thriving.
Wikipedia describes the process like this: "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.
Mycelium (plural mycelia) is the vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of a mass of branching, thread-like hyphae. The mass of hyphae is sometimes called shiro, especially within the fairy ring fungi. Fungal colonies composed of mycelia are found in soil and on or within many other substrates. A typical single spore germinates into a homokaryotic mycelium, which cannot reproduce sexually; when two compatible homokaryotic mycelia join and form a dikaryotic mycelium, that mycelium may form fruiting bodies such as mushrooms."
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"The Strange Mushroom with it’s Secrets While most commonly known as Caterpillar Fungus, Dong Chong Xia Cao Tachukas and Deer Fungus, Cordyceps are a type of mushroom that is found scarcely in Sweden and Finland, very few Norwegian localities, and very isolated areas of southwest China." SOURCE
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