When spores of the mindsucking Ophiocordyceps fungus land on an Amazonian ant ( Dinoponera longipes), they penetrate its exoskeleton, enter its brain, and compel it to leave its normal habitat on the forest floor to scale a nearby tree. The dying ant, bursting with fungus, fastens itself to a leaf or another surface. Fungal stalks burst from the now-dead ant’s husk and rain spores onto the forest floor below, and onto more ants—beginning the process again.
Seen from above, a small boat travels the Buriganga River, thick and dark with pollution, in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Though the water is filled with human and industrial waste, millions depend on it for their livelihood and transportation. “The Buriganga is economically very important to Dhaka,” Your Shot photographer Jakir Hossain Rana writes. “Launches and country boats provide a connection to other parts of Bangladesh.”