It seems not easy to look at this zombie-like transformation as the generally infected scars are of the genus Magicicada, spending up to 17 years of their lives underground each time. Fortunately for scientists behind the PLOS Pathogens report, they are able to track different cicada populations that are emerging at different times through a cycle of years.
Once the abdomen is transformed into a spore passage, the now zombified cicada will fly around it and drop the spores to further infect the zygote. As for how Massospora controls this spore-dropping flight and the breeding call that occurs after infection, scientists are still not sure what chemicals in the fungus are doing so.Life of an uninfected cicada after it has emerged from the ground years and years after birth usually lasts only a few weeks. They agree, lay eggs, then die. When they are infected by Massospora, their lives are prolonged but considering they are zombies at that point, they are hardly living.
If you’re declaring for science like a zombie, read about how scientists are recreating 100 million-year-old underwater life forms. After that, read about how the moon jellyfish was created by scientists earlier this year.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide producer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.