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Bad headache!

Duration: 00:54

In the forests of Papua New Guinea, fungal spores infect ants and compel them to crawl upwards and glue themselves to the undersides of leaves. With the ant glued in place, the fungus continues to grow and uses the ants body as food, eventually forcing a stalk with spore sacs through the ant's head, before exploding to shed more spores throughout the forest.

Available since: Mon 7 Sep 2009


George McGavin
Steve Backshall
Gordon Buchanan
Steve Greenwood
Executive Producer
Tim Martin

This clip is from

Lost Land of the Volcano Episode 1

1/3 Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan discovers the nest of the world's smallest parrot.

First broadcast: 08 Sep 2009

Image for Episode 1 Not currently available on BBC iPlayer

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