I assume you’re talking about Cordyceps? There are many species of Cordyceps, each very specialized to the species that they infect.

Carl Zimmer has a great quick write-up on them on The Loom, and wrote about them extensively in his book Parasite Rex (which is a great book, even outside of cordyceps).

For a quick and graphic explanation of the fungus, Sir David Attenborough had the most well-known Cordyceps genus (that which infects jungle ants) featured back in 2008. The clip is available on YouTube.

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