A tiny worm can turn ants into berries. Well, not exactly; but scientists working in a Central American rainforest discovered a parasitic roundworm that makes ants' bellies turn red & swell until the ant looks like a fat, juicy berry — which looks delicious to berry-eating birds. The birds eat the ant "berries" & thousands of parasite eggs are distributed in the birds' droppings. The eggs hatch, the little worms latch onto ants, & the cycle continues.
- The Great Beyond
Parasite turns ants into tasty looking berries
- Jungle bugs
masters of camouflage and mimicry
Last updated by curious on Aug. 25, 2008
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