“Inhaling the Spore”

“In Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder, the first image is of ants foraging for food on the rainforest floor, who every once in a while accidently inhale the spore of a fungus. The spore lodges in their brain and they start to behave oddly. They leave the forest floor for the first time in their lives, climbing up the tendrils of surrounding vines, and eventually impale their mandibles on the stalk of vine and wait to die. ”

“They die because the fungus has actually been eating away their entire nervous system, and two weeks after their death, a horn, laden with spores, erupts from out of their heads. The spores then rain down onto the forest floor and the whole process starts again. ”