Some cicadas infected with psychedelic fungus that causes mating frenzy

Some cicadas infected with psychedelic fungus that causes mating frenzy

Massospora cicadina, laced with the same chemical as psychedelic mushrooms, infects a small number of cicadas

As billions of Brood X cicadas emerge from the dirt for the first time in 17 years, a fungus is making these bugs want to mate more than usual.

The Massospora cicadina, laced with the same chemical as psychedelic mushrooms, infects a small number of the periodical cicadas and takes over their bodies. Besides making the bugs eat away their insides, the fungus also increases their sex drives.

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