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It's a Image of the Pathogenic Fungus on the Cicada that infects and kills the insect

pathogenic fungal infection on cicada


It's a Image of the Pathogenic Fungus on the Cicada that infects and kills the insect. from the my recently travelled photography tour at agumbe rainforest research station with vipul ramanuj (wildark) in July months.

Many cicada species suffer from fungal pathogens belonging to the genus Massospora. These fungi destroy the reproductive organs of males and cause them to behave like female cicadas — in the case of Magicicada cicadas, they flick their wings instead of singing — and they attempt to mate with other males, thus spreading the fungus.

Scientists now know in gruesome detail exactly how the fungus Massospora cicadina infects so many cicadas, before going on to hijack their behaviour and explode out of their abdomens, leaving the cicadas compelled to mate despite no longer have sexual organs.