❝ If cicadas made horror movies, they’d probably study the actions of their counterparts plagued by a certain psychedelic fungus.
West Virginia University researchers have discovered that a cicada fungus called Massopora contains chemicals similar to those found in hallucinogenic mushrooms.
The fungus causes cicadas to lose their limbs and eccentric behavior sets in: Males try to mate with everything they encounter, although the fungus has consumed their genitals and butts.
❝ You’ve heard of “The Walking Dead.” This is “The Flying Dead.”
A bit of cross-pollination with zombie movies – and some truly interesting consideration of a species infected with multiple funguses.