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Cordyceps by damie-m Cordyceps by damie-m
Cordyceps; a family of deadly fungi, each variation of which infects and lives on particular species of insects. An ant will become infected with Cordyceps, climb itself in a daze to the highest branch of a tree, and die, leaving the fungi time to sprout from the brain and spread its spores to the rest of the colony.
The image was gruesome and enough to give me a moment pause to illustrate.
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CODFANZ Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
The Last of Us

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Bongwater-bandit Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Dude, wow.

I thought this was a photo at first.

The lighting, the texture, it's all spot-on!
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That fungi kinda freaks me out. I mean, the life cycle is amazing, but creepy. I love how dark this is, it feels right.
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:icontreetrollop:
your work is so thrilling - and such fun .... art indeed to love
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:icontariheskil:
Awesome! I also saw a nature show about this.
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Lindblut Nov 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ahaha so creepily awesome!
It really looks like one of those insect close up macros, great! :D
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lantairvlea Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfect for the time of year.

People in China pay thousands of dollars for one of these fungi that affect a Himalayan caterpillar. Used for all types of strange traditional cures.

I'm glad we don't have anything similar that plagues us ... that I'm aware of.
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Xeikkeiu Oct 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I've heard about this species, very strange and.. interesting. Love that you chose to paint it in a microscope style :)
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WhereMySpiritRests Oct 31, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I'm amazed by how beautiful is the image and how gruesome is the image.
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wingstopboy Oct 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing, brings to mind Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind.
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