We've reached the "zombie cicada" stage of 2020
Category: Health, Science & TechnologyVia: evilgenius • 7 months ago • 4 comments
By: AJ Dellinger Aug. 4, 2020
Because, yeah, why not zombie cicadas?
God forbid a week go by in 2020 without something inexplicably weird or upsetting happening. The latest sign that we are living in the worst timeline is a horror movie come to life in West Virginia. According to research conducted by the University of West Virginia , it appears that a parasitic fungus has taken control of cicadas in the region and is using them to attack and infect other insects.
The fungus, known as Massospora, was identified earlier this year in a research paper published in June in the journal PLOS Pathogens . According to researchers, it is a psychedelic fungus that possesses chemicals similar to those found in hallucinogenic mushrooms. When cicadas come into contact with these fungi, though, they are guaranteed to have a bad trip.
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