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Sex-mad and spectacular: 17 incredible facts about cicadas

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Brood X is upon us. Across the US billions, if not trillions of cicadas have emerged from below the ground, a biblical plague that occurs every 17 years. Gene Kritsky wouldn’t miss it. “This is special,” he says. An e...

Some cicadas infected with psychedelic fungus that causes mating frenzy

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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 mush...