Billions of periodical cicadas have emerged in the Eastern United States and everyone and their dog is talking and writing about the mystery behind how cicadas time this event to happen at regular intervals. So I need to be original and mention in my blog something different about cicadas, something that people don’t often talk about; but what? As I was pondering this question, I saw a video by Anna Rothschild of the YouTube channel Gross Science, and I said to myself, "That’s it!" Watch the video below and learn all about butt-less cicadas!
As I have mentioned before, one of the defining characteristics of many parasites is that they modify the behavior of their hosts to their advantage. In the case of the fungus, it produces psychoactive drugs that not only make cicadas more sexually active, but also makes males cicadas imitate the behavior of female cicadas so other males will try to copulate with them. All this contributes to the spread of the parasite.