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When the fungus is ready to produce spores, it grows into the brain and releases chemicals that make the host climb a plant then attach itself near the top. It then kills its host by devouring its brain, before sprouting a mushroom from the top of its head, which disperses its spores as widely as possible
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This fungus sounds dangerous if it was able to infect more complex animals
And curiously some species of this fungus are used medicinally, often sold still attached to the insect carcass they parasitized (typically caterpillars, also excellent climbers).
One purported benefit when consumed orally: mental clarity.
How does the fungi know the difference between the vital and non vital organs of the insects?
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