Zombie-ant fungus


#1

Here is another new model made of 33 partsl. All printed on form2 and form3. 880mm high.
Camponotus femoratus with Ophiocordyceps camponoti-femorati

Ophiocordyceps unilateralis is an insect-pathogenic fungus, O. unilateralis infects ants. Infected hosts leave their canopy nests and foraging trails for the forest floor, an area with a temperature and humidity suitable for fungal growth; they then use their mandibles to attach themselves to a major vein of a leaf, where the host remains after its eventual death. The process leading to mortality takes 4–10 days, and includes a reproductive stage where fruiting bodies grow from the ant’s head, rupturing to release the fungus’s spores.


#2

Nice job. Great work.


#3

Wow. Well done. How did you do the hair? Airbrush and hand-painted?


#4

thank you that you like the job.
The hairs are done by hand. Drilled a hole (0.3mm) for each hair and then glued each hair individually into a hole.