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Daytime bites for zombie ants

Final death grip for the living dead of the insect world comes at midday

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6:45pm, May 16, 2011

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Zombie time in Thai forests turns out to be brunch time.

Ants fatally infected with a fungus that turns them into staggering weirdos were most likely to stumble around from about 9:30 a.m. until noon or 1 p.m., says evolutionary biologist David Hughes of Pennsylvania State University in University Park.

The approach of noon in the forest brought a spike in what may be the ants’ most peculiar behavior, Hughes and his colleagues report online May 9 in BMC Ecology. Afflicted Camponotus leonardi ants bite into the vein of a leaf about 2.5 meters off the ground and stay clamped there even after dea
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