11 March 2011

Zombie Ants

The Ant and the Grasshopper - Project Gutenberg etext 19994

We've all heard the story of "The Ant and the CaterpillarGrasshopper". The ant works all summer and is set for winter. The grasshopper sings and plays, and then, has to ask the ant for food when winter hits. But what if the moral of this story was seriously flawed at the very beginning. What if the ant didn't work hard because it wanted to or because it saw the long term value of its activity, but because a fungus had zombified its brain for its own purposes?

I saw this National Geographic article on zombie ants on Facebook and can't resist sharing the weirdness of it.

Edit: LOL so funny. I just saw I'd called a grasshopper a caterpillar??? Um, no...can't think of a single excuse.

2 comments:

  1. And the grasshopper is holding a violin?! Too cute!

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  2. Yup, the violin is the perfect touch. I've always envied people who could play one. As a kid, my best friend played by ear -- so cool, almost (but not quite) enough to make up for the dreary practicing her mum insisted on.

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