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Cicada Invasion

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 10 June 2020 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

A cicada that was spotted on our driveway last weekend. While it's not the huge emergence of cicadas that happens approximately every 17 years (next one to occur in 2024), there were plenty that we had to avoid while walking on sidewalks. One person even removed one from the back of my shirt collar while I was in a Walgreens drugstore. While doing some web searching on cicadas, I came across this:

"Periodical cicadas are also edible. Native Americans utilized them in their diet. In 1990, several college students were filmed eating them alive. When asked what they tasted like, the students reported that they tasted like almonds. Drying them in a microwave oven carefully causes them to release an almond smell."

I feel like making a cicada salad now. :-)

Photo captured June 6, 2020.

Samsung -SM-J327A 1/676 second F/1.9 ISO 40 30 mm (35mm equiv.)

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By Marie from Entre By Marie et L, France

Magnificent capture of this "cigale". Lovely light and details.

10 Jun 2020 5:07am

lisl from Bath, United Kingdom

An amazing occurrence, Steven. Your photo is excellent, all the details showing so well - what red eyes!

10 Jun 2020 5:10am

Martine Girard from Brest, France

Magnifique macro !

10 Jun 2020 5:11am

Ginnie Hart from Netherlands

Oh my, Steven. I recall that they are a delicacy in some places of the world. Don't some people even chocolate-coat them?

10 Jun 2020 5:15am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

The story of that insect is almost romantic. I remember hearing that it only appears every 17 years and disappears soon after to wait for another return. In the picture it is beautiful. I was surprised when I read that they are also eaten.

10 Jun 2020 5:21am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Quelle belle photo , je n'en ai jamais vu en vrai !Merci

10 Jun 2020 5:24am

Daniel from Perpignan, France

Belle bête !

10 Jun 2020 6:51am

Gérard from Allauch, France

They're very different and more colorful than the ones in my region of southern France.

10 Jun 2020 6:59am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Une espèce différentes des deux qui fréquentent ma région. Elle est très belle.
Ici, elles ne sont pas encore sorties, et je ne sais pas encore si ce sera une année de très forte population comme cela se produit tous les quatre ou cinq ans.
Bonne journée Steven

10 Jun 2020 7:35am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

The detail and clarity are amazing.

10 Jun 2020 7:39am

yo from Ile de France, France

Elle ressemble à un bijou...
Bon appétit ! :)

10 Jun 2020 7:45am

Bill from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Not something I would personally like to try! Interesting capture.

10 Jun 2020 8:05am

willy from Belgium

a cicada salad now. :-)

bon appétit Steven

10 Jun 2020 8:25am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

You should definitely try one or two and report back. I'm sure they are very nutritious and it's much more environmentally friendly than eating beef :) Very nicely captured

10 Jun 2020 8:43am

Maryse from bordeaux, France

Magnifique capture d'une netteté parfaite qui nous permet de voir (découvrir) de très près cette cigale !
En ce qui concerne la salade de cigales.... merci, sans façon, je vous laisse la déguster tout seul !!!! :-)
Bonne journée Steven

10 Jun 2020 9:26am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Please try and report !

10 Jun 2020 9:32am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Interesting informations and very good shot.

10 Jun 2020 10:01am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Beautiful macro.....but to eat them now !!!
It seems to be the future to eat insects ???

10 Jun 2020 10:38am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A fantastic image Steven and excellent info. 5*

10 Jun 2020 10:46am

jean pierre from Paris, France

belle macro

10 Jun 2020 11:20am

Rose from United States

No, thank you...but I know it is what you get used to. Great photo of it, though.

10 Jun 2020 1:44pm

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

wonderful close up with amazing details of this interesting and loud insect, but I never want to eat it

10 Jun 2020 2:40pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Amazing details you have captured. I will not be eating one any time soon.

10 Jun 2020 3:04pm

jpla from Anjou, France

Un joli gros plan
JP

10 Jun 2020 3:05pm

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

Great photo of the insect and a very interesting story.
Would still watch out with that salad and eat.
You should always be careful with insects. :-))))

10 Jun 2020 3:07pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

i've heard they are coming. they are so creepy.

10 Jun 2020 3:14pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bien vu

10 Jun 2020 3:18pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Cool shot. I'll take your word for the taste. I can't imagine eating one, especially if it was alive.

10 Jun 2020 3:23pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Gosh !!
I wish to God you don't eat these..One Covid Virus is enough!!!!
That eye is enough to give you creeps !!!

10 Jun 2020 3:28pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Macro superbe. Que de détails magnifiques .
Wouah tu ne vas pas les manger quand même !... :))

10 Jun 2020 5:37pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb framing and colors but ...not so pleasant to meet them ...

10 Jun 2020 7:06pm

véronique cherpantier from sauveterre de guyenne, France

aaaargh même avec un goût d'amande, je ne pourrais pas les manger :))

10 Jun 2020 8:48pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A spectacular close up image. They have talked about having a lot of cicadas here also but I have not seen any yet. I was fascinated with watching them until their carcasses were everywhere. You had to use a broom to sweep them off of the porch and sidewalk.

10 Jun 2020 9:58pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A great picture to go with an interesting discussion.

10 Jun 2020 10:29pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

an amazing and ugly creature. nice find, well shot.

10 Jun 2020 11:26pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

They sure are beautifully gruesome looking characters.

10 Jun 2020 11:30pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Great capture of this cicada. And interesting information. :)

11 Jun 2020 8:38am

omar from Hamburg, Germany

I love the sound of cicades. Great macro you got!

11 Jun 2020 12:28pm

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Such a wonderful shot of this little beauty!!

12 Jun 2020 2:04am

jeanmadis from CHONBURI, Thailand

Chez nous les cigales sont plus sauvages, plus discrètes. Elles se cachent dans les arbres et chaque année, nous annoncent la période la plus chaude de l'été.
Leurs chants lancinants et syncopés ont bercés mon enfance.
Une créature liée à la Provence.

12 Jun 2020 2:40am

Remus from Portugal

Compared to the size of the body, it has huge eyes.
Great find.
Stunning close-up.

12 Jun 2020 3:00pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Those eyes look unreal!

13 Jun 2020 5:01am

karla from Omaha, United States

Had no idea they could be eaten! I would prefer mine sau‚Äčtéed rather than live. Photo has great detail, especially of the red eye.

26 Jun 2020 4:02am