Silently turning the prey into a living corpse, operating under its control, while silently ingesting the target's organs and eventually killing it for the purpose of reproduction. Feel lucky because the target of this terrifying creature is not a human.
If you are a fan of science fiction, you probably agree with the idea: One of the most feared monsters is that the entity can grow underground and eventually take control. control the victim's body.
In fact, even on our own planet, there exists a creature as scary as fictional products, with the ability to turn its target into a 'zombie' and eventually kill the victim, for the purpose of reproduction. The creature referred to here is a fungus called Entomophthora muscae , also known as the ' Flycatcher'.
One can summarize the whole process of killing fungi to turn a healthy insect into a living corpse and then lose its life as follows:
After the fungal spores enter the body, it will germinate within hours; Next, the tube will pierce through the cuticle outside the insect's body, once the circulating system is approached, the bare cells of the fungus will be injected into the haemolymph, something similar to blood flowing in the circulatory system of the insect. arthropod animals; Fungal systems will develop into the area on the fly's brain responsible for flight control. Once in control of the fly, the fly is now nothing more than a living corpse, all the activities it performs for the one lying inside.
By the time the fly is completely exhausted and about to die, the fly killer will control it to climb to a very high point, to support its reproduction.
Interestingly, the fly killer will force its victim not to fly but to crawl. In the process, the fungus continues to grow the edible hyphae that spread to the entire body and begins to slowly digest the fly's internal organs, which will also kill this remarkable creature 5-7 days later.
When they reach the top, the victim will perform a series of strange actions such as: straightening the hind legs;open wings.At the same time, the organs that contain the mushroom spores will begin to protrude from the fly's abdomen.
By the time the fly is completely exhausted and about to die, the fly killer will control it to climb to a very high point. When they reach the top, the victim will perform a series of strange actions such as: straightening the hind legs; open wings; Open your mouth and drip out a sticky, gel-like liquid that sticks to the animal where it's standing. These behaviors are thought to help ensure fungal spores are spread as far as possible.
The mushroom spores are released from the abdomen of the fly at a very fast rate and wait for the next victim.
The fly will eventually freeze in this position. Shortly thereafter, the white spores of the mushroom will begin to be released from the abdomen, at a very fast rate and continue to target other ill-fated flies.