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As if the threat of killing horns and Mosquito borne diseases Were not enough, now “zombie cicadas” have arrived in the United States and we are not too excited to use Our canopy chairs with bug guard And hide from Barbaric Insect community.
according to this CBS News, “Zombie Cicadas” has been seen in West Virginia. Fortunately, these mutant criteters appear harmless to humans, yet the process of infecting “zombie cicadas” to others is quite bizarre. Unlike your average noisy chirping cicadas, these “zombie cicadas” are infected with a fungus called Massospora It basically consumes their mind and body.
A recently published study in PLOS Pathogens Compares broadcasts to Massospora, Known as Active Host Transmission (AHT) for rabies. “AHT is a form of biological puppet in which the pathogen manipulates the behavior of its powerless host,” the study writes. This suggests that when a male cicada becomes infected with this fungus, it will begin to mimic the wing-flaking behavior that is typically exclusive to female cicadas. Other male cicadas will be lured, thinking that it is a female cicada that wants to have intercourse. Since the cicada is not sexually dimorphic, it is difficult to distinguish between man and woman.
Once the aspiring cicada succumbs to mate the infected cicada, the infected cicada will attempt to transfer the fungus to its coworker. Again Massosopora From inside the cicada’s stomach will begin to eat away, filling it with yellow fungus spores. Now not only will the zombie-like cicada lose its body as this cruel fungus, but it will be brainwashed and tricked into performing female mating rituals to continue spreading the virus. Think of it as a living death – the cicada will continue to exist, but in a transformed life form. The spores that form in the stomach of each cicada can be dropped on other cicadas to further spread the disease.
Unfortunately, this bizarre fungal infection has not yet been thoroughly researched, as it is extremely challenging for scientists as some cicadas remain underground for 13 to 17 years. In fact, it is still unknown how Massopora Occurred. When I find out that I am listening to their raky charapes, I am running the other way. These insects are bugins. ‘
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