- meyerd (7531)
- [2006-12-21 2:40]
you really put interesting subjects in the limelight. I interpret the pic as follows: this ant holds on to thev plant only by the mandibles, the legs are free. The animal is dying or dead from an interiour fungus infection. The infesting fungus alters the behaviour of the ant and forces it to seek out an exposed part of a plant. The fungus will later on make spores that leave the dead ant and will be optimally distributed by the wind. A strange story but confirmed in some cases. Thanks for bringing it up! Keep up bringing interesting biology to TN from Iran!