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Behavioral Manipulation!

Wobble Walking

The Restless Living

Non-Infected

Infected

Ophiocordyceps manipulate the behaviors of their ant hosts in many ways. Some of the most obvious changes are made to the motor skills of the ants, making them much more hyper-active and clumsy, disruption of their sleep-wake cycle, causing the nocturnal ants to go out in the daylight, and the DEATH GRIP, where the ant is forced to bite onto vegetation anchoring it in place for the fungus to initiate its final stage: the growth of its fruiting body!

The Death Grip!