Move Over Murder Hornets, We've Now Got Zombie Cicadas

August 4, 2020
Wicker and Wilde
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Researchers for West Virginia University are spotting a strange insect and Wicker and Wilde are speechless....first it's Murder Hornets, now it's......

"Zombie Cicadas." Apparently the insects are actually regular Cicadas but are infected by a psychedelic fungus similar to hallucinogenic mushrooms. After a while, their limbs fall off and their body rots. ICK!  

From the USA Today, "The fungus causes the males to flick their wings to make the familiar cicada humming sound that is typically made by females. The flicking attracts other males as they think it is a female making a mating call, thus spreading the fungus to the attracted males.  Once a cicada is infected, it tries to infect others Cicadas by mating with them. It's unclear how the Cicadas become infected since they live below ground between 13 to 17 years."

The good news is "Zombie Cicadas" appear to be harmless to humans.

Wicker and Wilde
 (USAToday)