Tuesday, May 24, 2011

More than you wanted to know about cicadas

If you're feeling a little crazy because of the cicada swarms, you probably won't take pleasure in knowing that Tennessee is one of the few areas where both 13-year and 17-year cicadas are common. Or that scientists have identified fifteen different annual broods for the two varieties, thus assuring some cicada action almost every year. For this and more about the weird cicada lifecycle see this website from UT-Knoxville.

On the other hand, if you want to take advantage of this phenomenon, you'll be thrilled to learn that cicadas are eaten in many cultures and have been considered a delicacy for centuries. Apparently it's best to catch the newly hatched cicadas, which are then boiled briefly to "solidify their insides." Yum! See more edible bug recipes at this site from the University of Maryland.


Susan Hanson said...

Well, I was feeling pretty grossed out by the whole cicada thing but now I'm feeling really, really "bugged" out. All I want to know is when are they going to stop flying into my face?

Melanie said...

The cicadas should be gone in about two weeks. I'm just VERY thankful they don't bite!