On August 3rd a new study from the Public Library of Science, Pathogens, showed that scientists have discovered a strange fungus that controls the male herring’s constant chirping to entice females to mate and spread. In summer, you hear the screams. Only males can be chirped, females don’t make a sound, and the main reason males keep calling in the summer is to lure females to mate.
Scientists have discovered a fungus that spreads by controlling the mating behavior of the dragonfly.
The fungus is like a sci-fi movie, the researchers said. When the cognac is infected with the fungus, it begins to devour its internal organs, and in about a week it can swallow the entire abdomen of the male.
During this time, the fungus also causes the male to make a courtship sound, luring the female to mate for spread. In addition, the fungus can cause female stoking wings, signaling courtship, which in turn induces male mating. Through mating behavior, the fungus can continue to spread.
The mechanisms associated with Massospora fungal infections and inducing mating behavior are unclear, the researchers said. And the fungus is likely to remain contagious after the death of the molysses, which may cause the worm to become infected with the fungus as well.