Fungus infects cicadas

The fungus Paecilomyces cicadae, infects cicadas by burrowing into their body and replacing their internal organs

The fungus Paecilomyces cicadae, infects cicadas by burrowing into their body and replacing their internal organs

These aren’t flowers getting ready to bloom.

This fungus, Paecilomyces cicadae, infects cicadas by burrowing into their body and replacing their internal organs. Eventually, the fungus grows so large, the the cicada bursts open, and the fungus produces spores that will go on to infect another host.

Image: © Elma Kearney http://bit.ly/1gauJzx

Via ScienceAlert

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