Saturday, July 17, 2010

True Horror

Gibellula sp. of fungus, parasitizing a spider. Fungi of this unusual genus are pathogens of spiders. Windblown spores germinate on the exoskeleton, penetrate the spider, then grow internally, digesting their host. Finally, these spore-bearing synnemata erupt from the cadaver.

Image by Ron Wolf.

Dear Lord,
Please keep us safe from Your creation.


mlle ghoul said...

GACK! Oh my lord. I am going to have nightmares for the next week.

Pam Morris said...

wow...maybe I'll make one of these for Frog Queens spiderfest...

Aron said...

Ah you nailed my one true fear - spiders. This beasty got the same treatment Stephen King did in Creepshow - hahahaha!

Chris 'Frog Queen' Davis said...

You just answered the questions I was afraid to ask...."what could be scarier than a spider?"

I was really hoping the answer to that was "nothing" - but now I see I was wrong, very, very wrong.

BTW - do NOT make that for Spiderfest....please, pretty please?


Blackstone Cemetery said...

You think that's creepy check out this bit on Cordyceps fungus attacking ants in timelapse.