Check out this zombie ant we spotted at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park!
This Florida carpenter ant (Camponotus floridanus) was overtaken by a fungus, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, and eventually died after the fungus puppeteered the ant and forced it to latch onto this piece of Spanish moss. The structure sticking out of the ant is the fruiting body of the fungus.
Edit: I've been informed that Ophiocordyceps is actually a large complex of species, and the one I photographed here is known as Ophiocordyceps camponoti-floridani now. - 7 months ago