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Fungus found infecting select cicadas, expected to appear in 2024

An upcoming cicada invasion will bring trillions of bugs to over a dozen states, with two broods emerging to mate after 13 and 17 years. Some cicadas will be infected with a fungus that controls their bodies and causes gruesome effects. Researchers predict only 10% of cicadas will be affected. The fungus leads to limb loss and hypersexual behavior in male cicadas. Scientists hope to study the fungus for drug discovery and genetics research. Despite the bizarre effects, it is not recommended to eat infected cicadas. The cicadas are harmless to humans and pets, and this year will see the co-emergence of two broods for the first time since 1803.


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