Behold this award-winning image of fungus making a fly its “zombie” slave

Enlarge / The story of a conquest: The fruiting body of a parasitic fungus erupts from the body of its victim. Roberto García-Roa/CC BY 4.0

The striking photograph above vividly captures the spores of a parasitic “zombie” fungus (Ophiocordyceps) as they sprout from the body of a host fly in exquisite detail. Small wonder it won the 2022 BMC Ecology and Evolution image competition, featured along with eight other honorees in the journal BMC Ecology and Evolution. The winning images were chosen by the journal editor and senior members of the journal’s editorial board. Per the journal, the competition “gives ecologists and

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