“Flying salt shakers of death” are heavy; but, they ain’t metal


Click to enlargeMatt Kasson

❝ 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.

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