Shrimp of the Land

This story from New Jersey caught my attention this morning… imagine actually eating those weird looking Cicadas!

Billions of 17-year periodical cicadas are predicted to emerge this spring across the U.S. (Shutterstock)

Some people call them Locusts, but they are actually Cicadas.

You may soon have your chance to dine on them, a thought that never crossed my mind, until reading this story by Eric Kiefer of the New Jersey ‘Patch.’

“Did you know you can eat these nutritious, red-eyed bugs, which are high in protein and low in fat? Deep fry them and serve with a hot mustard dipping sauce. Marinate them in teriyaki sauce. Bake them into a cake or pie.”

Eric Kiefer, Patch Staff

Brood X (aka the Great Eastern Brood) will be emerging in the second half of May, and their mating chatter can be quite annoying, especially where populations are high.

About half of the counties in Pennsylvania are listed for Brood X of the periodical cicada in 2021:
  • Adams
  • Bedford
  • Berks
  • Blair
  • Bucks
  • Carbon
  • Chester
  • Clinton
  • Columbia
  • Cumberland
  • Dauphin
  • Delaware
  • Franklin
  • Fulton
  • Huntingdon
  • Juniata
  • Lackawanna
  • Lancaster
  • Lebanon
  • Lehigh
  • Luzerne
  • Lycoming
  • Mercer
  • Mifflin
  • Monroe
  • Montgomery
  • Montour
  • Northampton
  • Perry
  • Philadelphia
  • Schuylkill
  • Snyder
  • Somerset
  • Union
  • York

The most notable damage to trees is caused by the females “notching” branches with their ovipositor to lay eggs, which often weakens branches that are about the size of a pencil.

The adult is about 1.5 inches long, mostly black, with red eyes and other reddish markings. The wings are large and clear except for orange-red veins. Photo by G. Krawczyk More from PENN STATE EXTENSION

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