A social parasitic fungus, Ampaboros has evolved to manipulate several hosts with several different strategies, changing colors to mimick eusocial species to invade their hives and eat their young, steal resources and among other things, Ampaboros’s sweat contains a sweet taste and a strong smell attracting ants to drink it and stay with Ampaboros due to its addictive taste, it has recently been discovered that its sweat also contains a chemical that blocks the flow of dopamin in the ants, causing them to act more aggressive and defend Ampaboros from threats.
Ampaboros main threat is Cordyceps militaris, altho they avoid other fungi, Ampaboros and C. militaris have hosts in common, despite Ampaboros size and appearance they’re very fragile creatures but powerful nonetheless making both species avoid each other, most of the time Ampaboros is still no match for C. militaris despite being bigger than their rivals,
Sorry for the lenghty post! but here’s my first original species of parasite, I wanted to make a social parasite because they don’t get much attention (they were originally falcutative social parasites but that’s been scrapped)
RBs appreciated! I spent a good time on this :^) (also zoom in for the love of god)