In the jungles of Belize last January, entomologist Alex Wild noticed something odd about the trap-jaw ants passing through his outdoor insect photography class: They all had shrunken heads and swollen abdomens. A day after making the observation, Wild and his students came upon an ant with a worm bursting out of its side. Parasites were at work. Nematode worms enter the ants as larvae and grow inside the ants' body cavity, siphoning off nutrients and distorting their hosts' natural anatomy. When the eight-inch-long nematodes are ready to mate a few weeks later, they push their way out of their half-inch-long hosts, killing them.
In the abdomen of a trap-jaw ant, a parasitic nematode lives off nutrients from the surrounding fluids and changes the morphology of its host.
The jaws of a parasite-free worker can snap shut on prey in just 1/10,000 of a second—the fastest known mechanical action in nature.
Helpful links about parasites and humans:
Do a internet search on your own
ARE YOU CLEAR OF PARASITES?
Viruses, Bacteria, and Parasites in the Digestive Tract
What types of parasites are there?
And where do they come from?
Human Intestinal Parasites
CDC About Parasites
First time I ever felt sorry for an ant.
I like how this article is blocked by popsci in Australia because of *your* ridiculous copyright laws. And yet with a simple web proxy I am able to raise my middle finger to you and access it anyway. Web censorship will *never* work, don't even bother.
You were previously blocked, eh?!
Not just me, the entire country is blocked.
Trying to access this without a US proxy results in this:
And web censorship so silly. How do they know you are not an American located in Australia?
What good is a worldwide web if you can only access your services from home?
The ant is the ‘working American citizen' and the parasite is the government sucking the ant to its own death and in this case so obsessive with its own power eventually killing itself when it runs out of ants\food.