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Don’t you wonder how a parasite figured out how to make an ant’s tummy look like a bright red berry, so birds would eat it?

Evolution, of course. It explains everything, doesn’t it?

Here’s the brief blurb from Wired magazine.Check out the site for other organisms that were discovered in 2008.http://www.wired.com/science/planetearth/multimedia/2008/12/YE8_organisms

“Undiscovered parasites are relatively common, but Myrmeconema neotropicum does something no other parasite can: mimic fruit. The abdomens of infected ants swell and turn bright red, making them easy targets for berry-hungry birds who then spread M. neotropicum‘s eggs in their droppings.”

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