ANT COLONIZED: A mature O. unilateralis growing from an ant it has killed a few weeks before. The "P" points out the perithecial plates where spores are released.
Great outcome for the ant. It has a mushroom growing out of its head. And it's dead.
Nature is an amazing place, but it 'aint a nice one in many ways.
It is just chock-a-block full of similar horror stories. And yes, truly amazing and wonderful things, but gee it makes me wonder about the dewy-eyed "All Things Bright and Beautiful" adulation of nature that goes on these days.
Chiefly I suspect by city-dwelling people who in reality know and understand little about it.