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Remember the movie "Alien"? Nature has been there, done that. Certain fungi specialize on infecting the cicada nymph while it lives in the soil, feeding on it and killing it in the process. Once the fungus is ready to reproduce, it sprouts a fruiting body (Photo: Charles Hedgcock) Remember the movie "Alien"? Nature has been there, done that. Certain fungi specialize on infecting the cicada nymph while it lives in the soil, feeding on it and killing it in the process. Once the fungus is ready to reproduce, it sprouts a fruiting body, straight from the nymph's head.