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Zombie-like fungus infects cicada with hallucinogens

A fungus that can infect species of cicada has been found to induce a hallucinogenic state and to trigger physiological changes, like limbs falling off. The hallucinogen is of a type similar to the chemical associate with magic mushrooms.

Smartphone apps used to hunt for cicada

Poole - By using a special smartphone app, a scientist has detected the first indication of a cicada in the U.K. in 15 years. So far, the indication is just the sound of the insect. A sighting remains tantalizingly close.

Cicadas begin to emerge en masse along US east coast

The world’s biggest orgy is almost underway. After living underground for 17 years, cicadas from North Carolina to Massachusetts have started tunneling to the surface to begin their noisy mating ritual.
 

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Magicicada egg slits (circled in red).
Magicicada egg slits (circled in red).
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