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Cordyceps Fungus

The Cordyceps fungus treats its insect hosts not unlike the Xenomorphs treat their hosts in the Alien films. Cordyceps however, at least has the decency to kill its host before bursting forth from its body.

29 Littlegrey Comments:

September 29th, 2011 at 12:39 am Ares Leviathan says:

p00pd0g, how can you say that? There's a time lapse for christ sake on the Planet Earth series!

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July 6th, 2007 at 9:13 pm Don says:

THEY MIGHT BE IN ME NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO that music that playedmade it wierd like SUPER WIERD i didnt like it to be wierd BUT THE ALEINWAS COOL

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June 6th, 2007 at 5:35 pm Links says: scared with this one :P wow,that was actually creepy

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June 6th, 2007 at 9:13 am lyl i k e says:

i saw this in science class.

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June 2nd, 2007 at 5:21 pm Lobo. says:

everyone look out! the admin is watchin the discovery channel again!

ive only seen this fungus on a june beatle once though where i live its most commonly seen on cicadas... a very creepy fungus

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June 1st, 2007 at 10:20 am Bobo says:

thats a brutal way to die... SPORES OUT OF YOUR BRAIN
though i love it how that worker ant is draggin away like 5 and dumping them ants are so cool!

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June 1st, 2007 at 12:44 am TopMonkey says:

Unless you were watching it on Discovery channel in the US then it was sigourney weaver. Actually I purchased the set of DVD's and was so excited that it wasn't her on them. I didn't like her narration and like David Attenborough so much better. He's a classic and his voice is so much easier to listen to.

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May 31st, 2007 at 6:27 am Arthos says:

i'm scared...

and in relation to penwords's comment that was David Attenbrough narrating on the documentary series planet earth.

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May 31st, 2007 at 1:23 am 00-Evan says:

0.0 *writes something down on his huge list of reasons 'why i don't want to be an ant'*

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May 30th, 2007 at 10:24 pm nightmare says:

i think i am the frst one here to say:

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May 30th, 2007 at 5:39 pm TopMonkey says:

Your mom was wise. Now let me see your microscope.

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May 30th, 2007 at 10:17 am nika says:

Mom always told me: "be careful with those young men that are after you, they just want you for your microscope.." :P

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May 29th, 2007 at 10:42 pm emma says:

ew I saw that on t.v... in high definition..

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May 29th, 2007 at 7:37 pm ShadoCrytr says:

I agree with Shak..

I don't want that thing growing out of my head...

May 29th, 2007 at 6:49 pm hi says:

I watched this at school but is was on this movie thing called planet earth

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May 29th, 2007 at 6:41 pm TopMonkey says:

Okay, Nika has a microscope and knows how to use it...I'm so intrigued.

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May 29th, 2007 at 6:03 pm 10electro01 says:

all im going to sayy is 1:46 seconds left.

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May 29th, 2007 at 5:47 pm Shakuras says:

creepy.... i hope nika's right about only bugs...

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May 29th, 2007 at 5:31 pm The123robot says:

It was like i was at school wacthing this!

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May 29th, 2007 at 4:34 pm OMG Pancakes says:

dig your own grave the learning website.

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May 29th, 2007 at 4:21 pm Wheelnut says:

very interesting, do you have any more?
clips about nature-stuff that is...

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May 29th, 2007 at 3:50 pm twan says:

i wouldn't want that

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May 29th, 2007 at 2:41 pm bre_12_94 says:

yes very good nika
i wish i knew that much.....ok not really

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May 29th, 2007 at 2:31 pm p00pd0g says:

Very good nika...I wish I knew that much about parasites.

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May 29th, 2007 at 2:15 pm nika says:

Oh, you better believe it- I've seen a termite colony infested by Cordyceps, and to be honest it didn't look scary until I examined it under magnifying glass..
They infest only insects and other arthropods but as creepy as they look they are used in production of immunosuppressants used as after transplant therapy in humans..
*insert nerd icon here* :P

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May 29th, 2007 at 1:10 pm bluerocker says:

This is why I took classes in Biology and can't get any stranger than real life.
Mother Nature ROCKS!

May 29th, 2007 at 12:42 pm penwords says:

Seriously, it's a clip from a Nature/NOVA/Eyewitness documentary or something. I remember watching it on PBS because I was trying to figure out if that was really John Cleese narrating. I'm pretty sure it's true.

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May 29th, 2007 at 11:54 am p00pd0g says:

I am really, REALLY unsure if I believe any of that...

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May 29th, 2007 at 10:44 am TopMonkey says:

"There are literally thousands of different types of Cordyceps Fungi, and each specializes in just one species..." Is there one for humans? Man, I hate it when things grow out of my head.

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