It is like a certain bacterium called Bacillus subtilis, one of the most common bacteria on our planet...
So in this photograph, you see the results. The green bacteria are all alive. But the red ones were killed by the lethal chemical warfare mix.
But there's something even more peculiar about this bacillus, one of the most subtle the Lord our God has made. After it kills off the other bacteria around it, including many others of its own kind, it moves over to them and begins to eat them. Yes, Bacillus subtilis is not only a sporulating bacterium. It is also a cannibal. The bacterium on the right in this photo is in the process of devouring the one on the left, able to do so because its outer cell wall has been compromised thanks to the chemical warfare of efforts of the first one.
It does this so the "mother cell" can "bulk up" and have the energy it needs to produce its "baby" spore and protect it for a while. Then the mother cell itself "lyses" (dissolves) and the "baby spore" lies dormant for as long as it needs to-- up to many years.
Peace in Christ,