Breaking News: "Zombie cicadas" infected with mind-controlling fungus return to West Virginia (1 Viewer)

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Humans aren't the only ones susceptible to the psychedelic chemicals found in magic mushrooms. "Zombie cicadas" — under the influence of a parasitic fungus — have reemerged in West Virginia to infect their friends, and now scientists have a better understanding of how it happens.


Researchers from West Virginia University recently saw the return of these bizarre creatures, which are infected with a fungus called Massospora. According to a study published in the journal PLOS Pathogens, the fungus manipulates the insects to unknowingly infect other cicadas, rapidly transmitting the disease to create a zombie army of sorts.

When a male cicada is infected with Massospora, researchers found it flicks its wings like a female, a known mating call. This behavior attracts healthy male cicadas, facilitating the spread of the fungus, which contains chemicals including psilocybin, found in hallucinogenic mushrooms.



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Yeah, I've seen enough for this year.

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We need to keep the murder hornets away from these cicadas.
 

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One was clinging to my apt door yesterday morning. Weird critters. This one acted zombie well enough,didnt give it an underbelly inspection to find out for certain however.
 

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