Now this is a thread I can sink my teeth into!! I actually think the brood of cicadas is one of the most amazing natural wonders in our area. I remember graduating from high school in 1987 with an outdoor graduation. The weather was beautiful, but people in the audience actually put umbrella's up thinking it would keep the cicadas away from their hair...umm...it did not work. The sound they were making was so loud you could barely hear the speakers. I graduated from a private school where we all wore white tuxedo's, not gown and cap, so the buggers were easy to spy on all of our white tuxes. I thought it was awesome! Will never forget my high school graduation, that's for sure!
Then the next time they appeared, I had 2 young children. My wife and I decided we would enter the realm of trying to eat the bugs! Stir fried cicadas, cicada bread, and cicada cookies are a few of the things we tried. I remember convincing my 4 year old that they would be great to eat. She ate them and seemed to really enjoy them. My 2 year old would have nothing of it! She gave an angry face and spit them out. In all honesty, I found them to be bitter and not worth the effort of eating them. A little too earthy tasting for me, but now that I am 17 years older, and my taste buds are almost all dead, I may just have to try them again.
Can't wait to see a deeper covering of bugs than many of our snow events this year