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The cordyceps fungus falls in the category of terrifying—it literally makes zombies. But don’t run and hide just yet – there is a bit of good news.
The cordyceps fungus (in all its variations) only attacks insects. We weren’t kidding about the zombie part. The cordyceps fungus invades its insect host and starts by consuming non-vital organs, and that’s just the warm-up.
A Real Control Freak
Next, it spreads to muscles and the brain, where it gains control of the insect’s body.
Zombie-fication ensues when a cocktail of mind controlling chemicals is released that hijacks the nervous system, forcing it to do the bidding of the fungus.