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2013-04-12 12:24:49 AM
They got big orange eyes that can barely focus,
Some folks call them 17 year locust,
But that's the wrong data,
The name is cicada
And they're here now but they won't be here later.

They got 4 wings but ain't supposed to fly
Just come out the ground, have sex and die.
I can dig their ridge, I like their style,
They may go quick, but they go with a smile.

Check it out, Cicada serenade,
Check it out Cicada serenade,

There's Cicadas on the sidewalk, cicadas on the ground
Place look like a little tiny Jones Town,
I always hate to see a thing go to waste,
And was wondering how a cicada might taste.
Cicada, Potata, They sound the same,
To let em go to waste would be a crying shame.

So I got a couple of hundred of em, took em in side,
Got some catsup and ate em french fried.
I ate every one with out hesitat'in'
Next thing you know I'm hallucinatin'
Freaking out, Cicada serenade
Freaking out, Cicada serenade
I was out of my mind, my head was in a fog
Next thing you know I'm sick as a dog.
My friends came over they said "lets get high"
I said "no way" and they said "bye-bye"
I don't need no lovely, no reefer, no cocaine
Cause I still have cicadas buzzing round in my brain.
So eat your cicadas with every snack,
They can also help you say no to crack!
Bugs, not drugs.

--Cicada Serenade, The Pheremones
 
2013-04-12 01:11:56 AM
just say no
 
2013-04-12 01:28:30 AM
Since we are, little by little, destroying the remaining farming land we have, we're eventually gonna turn bugs into food paste and shape it like steaks, ribs, and other 'meat' foodstuffs, so there.

/Enjoy your cicada steak
 
2013-04-12 01:29:51 AM

CygnusDarius: /Enjoy your cicada steak


Now with soylentils!
 
2013-04-12 01:30:27 AM
Scary?
Why is subby such a whiny little child?
 
2013-04-12 01:30:37 AM
Yeah, I gotta wonder what will come first.  Farming bugs and turning them into foodstuff, or learning how to grow various proteins and turning them into foodstuff.  I also wonder who will be first to eat it, third world due to price, or first world due to price.

Me?  I'm eating all the beef and fish I can now before cows and salmon go extinct.
 
2013-04-12 01:31:38 AM
Anyway, like I was sayin', cicada is the fruit of the tree. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, cicada-kabobs, cicadas creole, cicada gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple cicadas, lemon cicadas, coconut cicadas, pepper cicadas, cicada soup, cicada stew, cicada salad, cicadas and potatoes, cicada burger, cicada sandwich. That- that's about it.
 
2013-04-12 01:33:17 AM

Snotnose: Yeah, I gotta wonder what will come first.  Farming bugs and turning them into foodstuff, or learning how to grow various proteins and turning them into foodstuff.  I also wonder who will be first to eat it, third world due to price, or first world due to price.

Me?  I'm eating all the beef and fish I can now before cows and salmon go extinct.


Well, some people want to bring back the aurochs, imagine what the meat company will turn them into.
 
2013-04-12 01:35:07 AM
Came for Forrest Gump shrimp boat pictures, leaving disappointed.
 
2013-04-12 01:37:15 AM
How many did Orange County order this year?
 
2013-04-12 01:40:09 AM
But this might fill in...

Moses: An' when they was no meat we ate fowl. An'when they was no fowl we ate crawdad. An' when they was no crawdad to be foun', we ate sand cicadas.
HI: You ate what?
Moses: (nodding): We ate sandcicadas.
HI: You ate sand cicadas?!
Moses: Dass right . . .

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2013-04-12 01:45:06 AM

neongoats: Came for Forrest Gump shrimp boat pictures, leaving disappointed.


That's because there's no animated gifs of the boat crashing, and if there were they'd be too big for Fark.
 
2013-04-12 01:46:16 AM

wildcardjack: neongoats: Came for Forrest Gump shrimp boat pictures, leaving disappointed.

That's because there's no animated gifs of the boat crashing, and if there were they'd be too big for Fark.


How about just an animated gif of Tom Hanks getting old.
 
2013-04-12 01:46:35 AM

neongoats: But this might fill in...

Moses: An' when they was no meat we ate fowl. An'when they was no fowl we ate crawdad. An' when they was no crawdad to be foun', we ate sand cicadas.
HI: You ate what?
Moses: (nodding): We ate sandcicadas.
HI: You ate sand cicadas?!
Moses: Dass right . . .

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First we ate the horses--we weren't riding anywhere, not with the castle surrounded. We couldn't feed them, so, fine, the horses. Then the cats--never liked cats, so, fine. I do like dogs--good animals, loyal--but we ate them. Then the rats. The night before you slipped through I thought my wife was dying--she couldn't speak anymore, she was so frail. And then you made it through the lines--slipped right through, with your little black sailboat, and your onions.
 
2013-04-12 01:48:12 AM
'Shrimp and lobster eat garbage and they are the insects of the ocean,' says cicada cook Jenna Jadin.

Yes, this is why I don't eat shrimp, and will likely never taste lobster.  You expect people to eat land arthropods when you can't even remove the exoskeleton?  Only on reality teevee....
 
2013-04-12 01:48:45 AM

CygnusDarius: First we ate the horses--we weren't riding anywhere, not with the castle surrounded. We couldn't feed them, so, fine, the horses. Then the cats--never liked cats, so, fine. I do like dogs--good animals, loyal--but we ate them. Then the rats. The night before you slipped through I thought my wife was dying--she couldn't speak anymore, she was so frail. And then you made it through the lines--slipped right through, with your little black sailboat, and your onions cicadas.

 
2013-04-12 01:48:50 AM
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2013-04-12 01:49:03 AM
"Shrimp and lobster eat garbage and they are the insects of the ocean. If we eat those without much afterthought, why not eat insects?"

Well, for one thing, you don't typically eat shrimp and lobster whole. I'm not anti-entomophagy, but that's a misleading comparison.

/Not that I can think of a better one.
 
2013-04-12 01:52:57 AM
One word: pesticides.  Those things have been underground soaking up ambient pesticides and other chemical waste for nearly twenty years.  I'd consider chowing down on some properly farmed cicadas, though.  I used to love messing with cicadas when I was a kid.
 
2013-04-12 01:57:57 AM
Columbia, Maryland.  Around...1986?  They came out of the ground.  I was 7.  We saw the larvae crawl out.  We saw them attach to the vinyl siding of the houses and hang there.  We had big white buckets and we would pick the empty shells of the larvae and collect them.  The newly hatched final molts (thats not a proper term I know) would cling on the tree, the houses, everything, looking moist and gross.  I think the next day we went on a rampage.  We simply plucked them, tore their wings off, all the while with that awful BBBBZBBZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ noise.  I could not do it now.  Until, there was a group of us, we had cleaned the tree grove clean of empty larvaie shells and live bugs, when we looked over at the ground.  It was a different buzz.  It was a big farking hornet, the size of which we had never seen. It was black and yellow and it said, "do not fark with me".  We realized that different buzz was the cicada, being carried away by a Cicada Killer.  I would like to try bugs to eat, but, i can't deal with those blood red eyes of the Cicadas.  Chop em up and put them on a pizza, then maybe.

Second in fright only to the Tarantula Killer I saw a few years back here in Texas.
 
2013-04-12 02:04:59 AM
oh my.
 
2013-04-12 02:05:10 AM
i1156.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-12 02:05:27 AM

Catlike Typist: 'Shrimp and lobster eat garbage and they are the insects of the ocean,' says cicada cook Jenna Jadin.

Yes, this is why I don't eat shrimp, and will likely never taste lobster.  You expect people to eat land arthropods when you can't even remove the exoskeleton?  Only on reality teevee....


Hah, I'm one of those weirdos who'll eat the shrimp tails. Doesn't bother me lol
 
2013-04-12 02:06:56 AM
gotta green. i will eat cicada this year.
 
2013-04-12 02:08:42 AM

White_Scarf_Syndrome: Columbia, Maryland.  Around...1986?  They came out of the ground.  I was 7.  We saw the larvae crawl out.  We saw them attach to the vinyl siding of the houses and hang there.  We had big white buckets and we would pick the empty shells of the larvae and collect them.  The newly hatched final molts (thats not a proper term I know) would cling on the tree, the houses, everything, looking moist and gross.  I think the next day we went on a rampage.  We simply plucked them, tore their wings off, all the while with that awful BBBBZBBZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ noise.  I could not do it now.  Until, there was a group of us, we had cleaned the tree grove clean of empty larvaie shells and live bugs, when we looked over at the ground.  It was a different buzz.  It was a big farking hornet, the size of which we had never seen. It was black and yellow and it said, "do not fark with me".  We realized that different buzz was the cicada, being carried away by a Cicada Killer.  I would like to try bugs to eat, but, i can't deal with those blood red eyes of the Cicadas.  Chop em up and put them on a pizza, then maybe.

Second in fright only to the Tarantula Killer I saw a few years back here in Texas.


Snap... Snap... Snappy Cicada Pizza

/Locals will know
 
2013-04-12 02:08:48 AM

anuran: Scary?
Why is subby such a whiny little child?


i am subby, it was scary because of how many per square mile they said we could have. billions of them.
 
2013-04-12 02:10:31 AM
They make great fish bait.
 
2013-04-12 02:14:17 AM

pyrotek85: Catlike Typist: 'Shrimp and lobster eat garbage and they are the insects of the ocean,' says cicada cook Jenna Jadin.

Yes, this is why I don't eat shrimp, and will likely never taste lobster.  You expect people to eat land arthropods when you can't even remove the exoskeleton?  Only on reality teevee....

Hah, I'm one of those weirdos who'll eat the shrimp tails. Doesn't bother me lol


Is this you?

www.movieactors.com
 
2013-04-12 02:17:12 AM

What_Would_Jimi_Do: anuran: Scary?
Why is subby such a whiny little child?

i am subby, it was scary because of how many per square mile they said we could have. billions of them.


They're cicadas. They're loud, but they're harmless. Well, okay, don't let one land on your shoulder and buzz in your ear, but aside from that incredibly unlikely occurrence, they're harmless.

Frankly, I'm kind of jealous. I'd love to experience a big brood like that. But the Tibicen species are cool, too. Gotta love their late summer song...
 
2013-04-12 02:21:05 AM

HotWingAgenda: Those things have been underground soaking up ambient pesticides and other chemical waste for nearly twenty years.


Are they really absorbent? Vince Shlomi might try to sell them.
 
2013-04-12 02:22:55 AM

Canton: What_Would_Jimi_Do: anuran: Scary?
Why is subby such a whiny little child?

i am subby, it was scary because of how many per square mile they said we could have. billions of them.

They're cicadas. They're loud, but they're harmless. Well, okay, don't let one land on your shoulder and buzz in your ear, but aside from that incredibly unlikely occurrence, they're harmless.

Frankly, I'm kind of jealous. I'd love to experience a big brood like that. But the Tibicen species are cool, too. Gotta love their late summer song...


it may sound simple, but a few hundred billion of the from connecticutt to the carolinas? this won't be the last of this story you hear this year.
 
2013-04-12 02:23:25 AM
The sound of cicadas
Makes one contemplate
Cutting down all the trees.

~Basho
 
2013-04-12 02:24:56 AM

INeedAName: They make great fish bait.


I'm going to try them out. What kind of fish eats them the most?
 
2013-04-12 02:26:03 AM
www.fbcoverlover.com

/oh, you mean the bug
 
2013-04-12 02:28:40 AM
i1156.photobucket.com
on second thought
 
2013-04-12 02:28:43 AM
and being 17 years ago, most people here wouldn't remember an infestation of this magnitude. i remember when i was about 8 these farking things were everywhere . trees, ground, in the air. everywhere.
 
2013-04-12 02:31:11 AM

What_Would_Jimi_Do: and being 17 years ago, most people here wouldn't remember an infestation of this magnitude.


Life expectancy is pretty low in your state?
 
2013-04-12 02:31:20 AM
These sorts of articles annoy me a bit. Yes, there's one species of cicada that only pops out every 17 years, but there are many, many others who come out EVERY DAMNED YEAR and they make the same noise, look just about the same, and probably taste the same, too.

Here in Michigan we get our own lovely, noisy cicada racket every summer. I don't know why people who go on and on about the 17-year cicadas consider it anything special. How do they even tell the difference? I mean, if you hear cicadas, how do you know if the ones you're hearing are the 17-year variety, one of the other species, or a mix of all of them?

East coast: You are not special because you get a different bug from the rest of the country. New York has giant rats that seem to be unique to the area, too, but you don't hear many people bragging about that, now do you?
 
2013-04-12 02:32:57 AM
They may be harmless, but I'm terrified of bugs. I'd have to lock myself in the house for six weeks or go visit a long-lost relative somewhere until the invasion is over.

/Just reading the article squicked me out.
 
2013-04-12 02:33:56 AM
bugs are tough to eat. lot of effort for minimal reward
 
2013-04-12 02:34:04 AM
Really, it's june bugs that I hate. Those things are just disgusting. And constantly get into everything.
 
2013-04-12 02:44:20 AM
You know, ci-ca-das.  Boil 'em, mash 'em stick 'em in a stew.
 
2013-04-12 02:44:51 AM

sporkme: [i1156.photobucket.com image 500x336]


Oh my...  Let us not forget that the cicada hatching is accompanied by the proliferation of those beasties.  "Cicada killers", we called them when I was but a lad all those cruel, cruel years ago.  To be fair, they really didn't bother people unless stepped on while about their work.  But when the season was right they were everywhere and they scared the hell out of anyone who got buzzed by fat 2-inch long wasps.
 
2013-04-12 02:49:45 AM
i780.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-12 02:56:34 AM

ZeroCorpse: These sorts of articles annoy me a bit. Yes, there's one species of cicada that only pops out every 17 years, but there are many, many others who come out EVERY DAMNED YEAR and they make the same noise, look just about the same, and probably taste the same, too.

Here in Michigan we get our own lovely, noisy cicada racket every summer. I don't know why people who go on and on about the 17-year cicadas consider it anything special. How do they even tell the difference? I mean, if you hear cicadas, how do you know if the ones you're hearing are the 17-year variety, one of the other species, or a mix of all of them?

East coast: You are not special because you get a different bug from the rest of the country. New York has giant rats that seem to be unique to the area, too, but you don't hear many people bragging about that, now do you?



You do realize we get the annual pnes too, right? Don't blame us because media needs to drum up a story over nothing.
 
2013-04-12 02:56:59 AM

sporkme: [i1156.photobucket.com image 500x336]
on second thought


oh sunnuvabiatch.
 
2013-04-12 03:03:46 AM
Columbia, Maryland.  Around...1986?  They came out of the ground.
I was 7.  We saw the larvae crawl out.
We saw them attach to the vinyl siding of the houses and hang there.

Not in that order. Usually. Usually.
I think that the good single Dad's out there get zero recognition and it pisses me right the fark off.
Not in that order. Usually. Usually.


We had big white buckets and we would pick the empty shells of the larvae and collect them.
The newly hatched final molts (thats not a proper term I know) would cling on the tree, the houses,
everything, looking moist and gross.
I think the next day we went on a rampage.  We simply plucked them, tore their wings off, all the while with that awful BBBBZBBZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ noise.

Not in that order. Usually. Usually.
I think that the good single Dad's out there get zero recognition and it pisses me right the fark off.
Not in that order. Usually. Usually.


It was a big farking hornet, the size of which we had never seen. It was black and yellow and it said, "do not fark with me".  We realized that different buzz was the cicada, being carried away by a Cicada Killer.  I would like to try bugs to eat, but, i can't deal with those blood red eyes of the Cicadas.
Chop em up and put them on a pizza, then maybe.

Not in that order. Usually. Usually.
I think that the good single Dad's out there get zero recognition and it pisses me right the fark off.
Not in that order. Usually. Usually.


I could not do it now.  Until, there was a group of us, we had cleaned the tree grove clean of empty larvaie shells and live bugs, when we looked over at the ground.  It was a different buzz.
Second in fright only to the Tarantula Killer I saw a few years back here in Texas.
Austin, that is. Hipster Heaven.

Not in that order. Usually. Usually.
I think that the good single Dad's out there get zero recognition and it pisses me right the fark off.
Not in that order. Usually. Usually.


I could not do it now.  Until, there was a group of us, we had cleaned the tree grove clean of empty larvaie shells and live bugs, when we looked over at the ground.
It was a different buzz.

Not in that order. Usually. Usually.
I think that the good single Dad's out there get zero recognition and it pisses me right the fark off.
Not in that order. Usually. Usually.
 
2013-04-12 03:10:59 AM

What_Would_Jimi_Do: Canton: What_Would_Jimi_Do: anuran: Scary?
Why is subby such a whiny little child?

i am subby, it was scary because of how many per square mile they said we could have. billions of them.

They're cicadas. They're loud, but they're harmless. Well, okay, don't let one land on your shoulder and buzz in your ear, but aside from that incredibly unlikely occurrence, they're harmless.

Frankly, I'm kind of jealous. I'd love to experience a big brood like that. But the Tibicen species are cool, too. Gotta love their late summer song...

it may sound simple, but a few hundred billion of the from connecticutt to the carolinas? this won't be the last of this story you hear this year.


It is simple. A brood of periodical cicada will emerge on the east coast. There will be a lot of them. They will be loud. Earplug sales in some areas may rise temporarily. The adults will mate, lay their eggs, and die. The eggs will hatch, a new generation of nymphs will burrow underground and the long cycle will begin again. And the media will make a fuss about it, because they are the media.

Cicadas are among my favorite insects. I'd love to experience a large brood. Even if it meant using earplugs.
 
2013-04-12 03:26:54 AM

ZeroCorpse:

Here in Michigan we get our own lovely, noisy cicada racket every summer. I don't know why people who go on and on about the 17-year cicadas consider it anything special. How do they even tell the difference?

They are far larger in number, and LOUD.  Loud, and everywhere.  It is spooky, rather than a rising and waning whirr, it is a constant, maddening, penetrating static hiss.  It's not just a noise... it is unnerving and the same from all directions, a smothering white noise with no discernible origin.  Plus, the clumsy little bastards are everywhere, in everything.  Driving or walking means crunch, crunch, crunch *bzzzzzzzz* --got a live one.  There are several 'broods' that come out at staggered intervals, and some are heavier than others.  Trust me, it is weird, psychologically disturbing and socially disruptive.  It is different.

PastaFazoole: I'm terrified of bugs.


Depending on location, prepare for exposure therapy.  Also, see below.

Munchkin City Coroner: fat 2-inch long wasps.


My dog eats bees, on purpose.  We can't stop him; he deliberately seeks them out as a snack.  They occasionally sting him in his mouth and sometimes his tongue or jowl swells, but he seems to really love eating them.  It is possible that he only really likes carpenter bees, which are fat and juicy and live in great numbers in my neighbor's barn.  Perhaps he is willing to take the risk that he is eating a stinging bee for the chance of benign deliciousness, and perhaps he is merely stupid  He is terrified of cicada killers, though, and all 120 lbs of him will instantly bolt in horror at ludicrous speed upon sight of a cicada killer, oblivious of what or who he might be tethered to.  Something in the area seems to be a breeding ground for them. Needless to say, my wife and kids are also terrified of the giant flamboyant wasps, and my rational mind has to work hard to keep me from running in panic, swinging a rake over my head when one appears.
 
2013-04-12 03:43:31 AM

sporkme: [i1156.photobucket.com image 500x336]


That's really the thing I hate about Cicada outbreaks....the damn wasps.
 
2013-04-12 04:07:36 AM

HotWingAgenda: One word: pesticides.  Those things have been underground soaking up ambient pesticides and other chemical waste for nearly twenty years.  I'd consider chowing down on some properly farmed cicadas, though.  I used to love messing with cicadas when I was a kid.


They would be farmed. Also, if people are worried about chemical/human waste contamination, the seafood industry would be dead decades ago (have you seen what we do to our rivers and ocean?). But alas, most of seafood is farmed too.
 
2013-04-12 04:13:09 AM

Fallout Boy: HotWingAgenda: One word: pesticides.  Those things have been underground soaking up ambient pesticides and other chemical waste for nearly twenty years.  I'd consider chowing down on some properly farmed cicadas, though.  I used to love messing with cicadas when I was a kid.

They would be farmed. Also, if people are worried about chemical/human waste contamination, the seafood industry would be dead decades ago (have you seen what we do to our rivers and ocean?). But alas, most of seafood is farmed too.


No dispute here.  I avoid stationary marine filter feeders for that reason.  I mostly stay away from seafood in general unless I can't get away from it.  I have a hard rule, no clams unless they are bearded.

/grew up in Chesapeake blue crabshack country
//going to a friend's crawdad cookout in a few weeks
 
2013-04-12 04:19:25 AM
i46.tinypic.com
 
2013-04-12 04:49:53 AM

cranked: Anyway, like I was sayin', cicada is the fruit of the tree. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, cicada-kabobs, cicadas creole, cicada gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple cicadas, lemon cicadas, coconut cicadas, pepper cicadas, cicada soup, cicada stew, cicada salad, cicadas and potatoes, cicada burger, cicada sandwich. That- that's about it.


Don't forget about the popular cicada ice cream that popped up in Columbia, Mo a couple years ago.
 
2013-04-12 04:59:49 AM
Farking cicada. I remember seventeen years ago. Those farkers are just plain awful at flying. They will fly into your face, into your car, directly into the sidewalk, etc. Almost as soon as they spring up, there's more corpses littering the ground than there are live cicada. Take a tennis racket wherever you go.
 
2013-04-12 05:15:01 AM

casual disregard: Farking cicada. I remember seventeen years ago. Those farkers are just plain awful at flying. They will fly into your face, into your car, directly into the sidewalk, etc. Almost as soon as they spring up, there's more corpses littering the ground than there are live cicada. Take a tennis racket wherever you go.


Last year I had one fly into my eye while I was driving on the farking highway.

CSB...
Also last year I had a friend come down from Alaska. She recorded an audio clip on her camera of the sound, posted it to facebook and asked what the hell was going on. It creeped her the fark out. Her friends, all being life long Alaskans were equally disturbed by the sounds being generated. Even more disturbed once she got out of her car and found one dead on the ground, took a picture and posted that as well. She thought it looked like an alien creature. I told her that those creatures are everywhere down here in the summer time and that is what is making the sound.

/I personally find their sounds very relaxing but I'm a Missourian
 
2013-04-12 05:56:01 AM

Tenatra: casual disregard: Farking cicada. I remember seventeen years ago. Those farkers are just plain awful at flying. They will fly into your face, into your car, directly into the sidewalk, etc. Almost as soon as they spring up, there's more corpses littering the ground than there are live cicada. Take a tennis racket wherever you go.

Last year I had one fly into my eye while I was driving on the farking highway.

CSB...
Also last year I had a friend come down from Alaska. She recorded an audio clip on her camera of the sound, posted it to facebook and asked what the hell was going on. It creeped her the fark out. Her friends, all being life long Alaskans were equally disturbed by the sounds being generated. Even more disturbed once she got out of her car and found one dead on the ground, took a picture and posted that as well. She thought it looked like an alien creature. I told her that those creatures are everywhere down here in the summer time and that is what is making the sound.

/I personally find their sounds very relaxing but I'm a Missourian


Yeah, the sound is oddly relaxing. It's no different from chirping birds in that respect. I just don't appreciate cicada smacking me in the face when they decide it's time to go.
 
2013-04-12 06:24:35 AM

parahaps: Snap... Snap... Snappy Cicada Pizza

/Locals will know


Yes... we do...

encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
 
2013-04-12 06:26:52 AM

ZeroCorpse: Here in Michigan we get our own lovely, noisy cicada racket every summer. I don't know why people who go on and on about the 17-year cicadas consider it anything special. How do they even tell the difference? I mean, if you hear cicadas, how do you know if the ones you're hearing are the 17-year variety, one of the other species, or a mix of all of them?


The annual cicadas are noisy enough, but only a few at any given time are singing. The 17-year cicadas, on the other hand, sing together by the thousands. If you go into the woods, you'll need earplugs. Hell, if you go into your own back yard, you'll need them.

We had them in the Chicago area had them in 2007, 1990, and 1973. There's just no comparison to the summer cicadas.

Speaking of the summer cicadas, I remember seeing an encounter between one of them and a kitten. Here's how it went, in IRC format:

* kitten is on the prowl
<cicada> Bzz!
<kitten> *jumps* wtf?
<cicada> BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!
* kitten looks at cicada
<cicada> BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!
<kitten> *pad* *pad* *pad* *CHOMP* *gulp*
<human> Hey, that was a nice kill! Good kitty!
*human pets kitten
*kitten purrs
 
2013-04-12 06:35:17 AM
Ants in New Mexico taste rather like citrus.  Ants in Maine taste rather like cinnamon.

/former Boy Scout wilderness survival instructor
//csb?
 
2013-04-12 07:12:42 AM
Stick em in a stew?
 
2013-04-12 07:30:52 AM

RatMaster999: Ants in New Mexico taste rather like citrus.  Ants in Maine taste rather like cinnamon.

/former Boy Scout wilderness survival instructor
//csb?


i49.tinypic.com

 Hey,sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie, but I'd never know 'cause I wouldn't eat the filthy motherfarker .
 
2013-04-12 07:38:27 AM
I was living in south east PA during the last tike this brood hatched.
We had to sweep them off the sidewalks and porches of the camp I was at every morning for a couple weeks as there was no way to avoid stepping on them.
It was pretty awesome.
Radiolab has a fun project using arduino and a basic kit of arduino junk to make a soil thermometer and report in soil temps regularly and track them up and down the coast. And the one random jackass in Ohio. Nobody cares about goddamn Ohio.
If you buy the items from Amazon it's about half the estimated cost from Radio Shack.
http://project.wnyc.org/cicadas/mobile .html

My 6 year old daughter sorted the wires and resistors and I plugged them in. We've gone out every night this week to take a temperature reading and have seen soil temps rise 10° in 4 days.
 
2013-04-12 07:44:57 AM
Cicada is the fruit of the tree.
 
2013-04-12 08:14:26 AM
I'd try it.

You might be surprised what is out there that is tasty but seems weird.
 
2013-04-12 08:17:03 AM
So many people are so poor they are forced to eat bugs.  It is a bad sign.
 
2013-04-12 08:20:10 AM
I personally can't get past the "crunch".  But if you like soft shell crabs, you'll love these.
 
2013-04-12 08:37:42 AM
They really suck if you fish.  I recall  the last time we had the infestation of them, fish would just look at your bait and give you the "oh no, thanks, I couldn't eat another bite!" look.
 
2013-04-12 09:00:54 AM

Catlike Typist: 'Shrimp and lobster eat garbage and they are the insects of the ocean,' says cicada cook Jenna Jadin.

Yes, this is why I don't eat shrimp, and will likely never taste lobster.  You expect people to eat land arthropods when you can't even remove the exoskeleton?  Only on reality teevee....


That's why you harvest em when they first emerge and are white and not fully hardened.  They're called temereal at that point.

The last big batch around here was Brood X in 2004.  Didn't eat any then but I"m going to make up for it this time if I can.  The funniest thing last time was I was out smoking when they were at high swarm and came back in side.  Well I guess I picked up a friend because a damn cicada flew from my shoulder to my ear shrieking it's pissed off cat sound.  Startled the shiat out of me.
 
2013-04-12 09:23:14 AM

parahaps: pizza


Came for the Snappy Cicada Pizza jingle.
Leaving nostalgic.
 
2013-04-12 09:40:47 AM
blogs.fusionradio.fm

Unlike subby, I like my Cascada raw
 
2013-04-12 09:42:20 AM
Looks like I live just out of range to experience the emergence of Brood II. Pitty.
 
2013-04-12 09:44:42 AM
They call them 17 year locusts but wasn't only about 10 years ago when they last came out? Doesn't seem like it was 17 years since the last infestation.
 
2013-04-12 09:52:42 AM

tothekor: They call them 17 year locusts but wasn't only about 10 years ago when they last came out? Doesn't seem like it was 17 years since the last infestation.


Each brood of this type has a 17 year cycle but there are many broods.  This is brood 2.   This guy has a handy dandy table for you.
 
2013-04-12 09:54:33 AM

Carn: tothekor: They call them 17 year locusts but wasn't only about 10 years ago when they last came out? Doesn't seem like it was 17 years since the last infestation.

Each brood of this type has a 17 year cycle but there are many broods.  This is brood 2.   This guy has a handy dandy table for you.


There's also a misunderstanding that Cicadas are only periodical (that they only exist in this 17 year cycle).  There are annual species in the U.S. as well.
 
2013-04-12 09:54:41 AM
Cicada Killer wasps are not aggressive.  Only the females can sting and if you don't mess with them they will avoid you.  The males sometimes challenge you but are harmless.  Yellowjackets and hornets are far more dangerous.

What I'm not looking forward to this year is the potential for increased numbers of velvet ants (cow killers).  These brightly colored wingless wasps feed on Cicada Killer larvae and have incredibly powerful stings.  I'm fascinated by insects but hate those bastards with a passion.
 
2013-04-12 09:54:47 AM

Cythraul: Looks like I live just out of range to experience the emergence of Brood II. Pitty.


The boundaries are only approximations, they do move around quite a bit. There are scattered reports of brood 2 in my area, though brood 5 (coming in 2016) was the absolute nightmare infestation here. I mean those things were everywhere, the dead ones piled up so thick in some areas it actually smelled like a dead deer. I'll be quite content to dodge them this time, but we'll see.
 
2013-04-12 09:56:14 AM

ZeroCorpse: These sorts of articles annoy me a bit. Yes, there's one species of cicada that only pops out every 17 years, but there are many, many others who come out EVERY DAMNED YEAR and they make the same noise, look just about the same, and probably taste the same, too.

Here in Michigan we get our own lovely, noisy cicada racket every summer. I don't know why people who go on and on about the 17-year cicadas consider it anything special. How do they even tell the difference? I mean, if you hear cicadas, how do you know if the ones you're hearing are the 17-year variety, one of the other species, or a mix of all of them?

East coast: You are not special because you get a different bug from the rest of the country. New York has giant rats that seem to be unique to the area, too, but you don't hear many people bragging about that, now do you?


Dude, I grew up in the Midwest and I am used to cicadas.  These 17 year swarms are a whole different story.  The last time, there was a hum in the air for a couple weeks as they were all singing together.  Our lawn, trees, and eaves were absolutely covered with them.  The air was filled with them and you'd get hit by them all the time (apparently they don't see too well and/or fly very well).  We're not talking a few cicadas making their song, we're talking thousands of them within spitting distance.
 
2013-04-12 09:58:53 AM

nekom: Cythraul: Looks like I live just out of range to experience the emergence of Brood II. Pitty.

The boundaries are only approximations, they do move around quite a bit. There are scattered reports of brood 2 in my area, though brood 5 (coming in 2016) was the absolute nightmare infestation here. I mean those things were everywhere, the dead ones piled up so thick in some areas it actually smelled like a dead deer. I'll be quite content to dodge them this time, but we'll see.


I'm 34 years old, so I think I would have lived through at least one mega-brood at one point if they have ever emerged in a place that I resided.  But I don't ever remember seeing one.  I only ever remember the usual summer time annual cicadas we get around here.

I currently live in central North Carolina (Wake County, Raleigh), and I'd love it if Brood II made it over this way.  I'd be fascinated to see that.
 
2013-04-12 10:03:34 AM

Cythraul: Carn: tothekor: They call them 17 year locusts but wasn't only about 10 years ago when they last came out? Doesn't seem like it was 17 years since the last infestation.

Each brood of this type has a 17 year cycle but there are many broods.  This is brood 2.   This guy has a handy dandy table for you.

There's also a misunderstanding that Cicadas are only periodical (that they only exist in this 17 year cycle).  There are annual species in the U.S. as well.


Yep back home in Indiana we had the littler black ones with green eyes.  They come out every year but never in the numbers like these ones with the beady red eyes.  The green and black ones have a nicer song or maybe it just sounds nicer when it's a few individuals and not the ominous buzz you get from millions of them all at the same time.
 
2013-04-12 10:05:10 AM

Marcus Aurelius: I personally can't get past the "crunch".  But if you like soft shell crabs, you'll love these.


As I recall, you fry them and pull the head out.  The head will have the "meat" still attached.  Then you nibble the meat and toss the head.  No crunchy stuff.

Or I'm thinking of grasshoppers - I forget which I had last...

When you marry into a Laotian family you're gonna have to occassionally eat this stuff, especially if you are a guy.  After a night of Heinekens and Hennessy, getting their American brother to eat Khai luk, grasshoppers,  cooked duck head, or raw duck blood is a big deal.  You can say no fifty times, but after a certain point it's easier to just eat the stuff, let everyone cheer, and then get on with the heavy drinking.
 
2013-04-12 10:28:01 AM

White_Scarf_Syndrome: Columbia, Maryland.  Around...1986?  They came out of the ground.  I was 7.  We saw the larvae crawl out.  We saw them attach to the vinyl siding of the houses and hang there.  We had big white buckets and we would pick the empty shells of the larvae and collect them.  The newly hatched final molts (thats not a proper term I know) would cling on the tree, the houses, everything, looking moist and gross.  I think the next day we went on a rampage.  We simply plucked them, tore their wings off, all the while with that awful BBBBZBBZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ noise.  I could not do it now.  Until, there was a group of us, we had cleaned the tree grove clean of empty larvaie shells and live bugs, when we looked over at the ground.  It was a different buzz.  It was a big farking hornet, the size of which we had never seen. It was black and yellow and it said, "do not fark with me".  We realized that different buzz was the cicada, being carried away by a Cicada Killer.  I would like to try bugs to eat, but, i can't deal with those blood red eyes of the Cicadas.  Chop em up and put them on a pizza, then maybe.

Second in fright only to the Tarantula Killer I saw a few years back here in Texas.


Heh.. I made the mistake of messing with a cicada killer once

/once
//those sonsabiatches are FAST
 
2013-04-12 10:38:21 AM

sporkme: My dog eats bees, on purpose. We can't stop him; he deliberately seeks them out as a snack. They occasionally sting him in his mouth and sometimes his tongue or jowl swells, but he seems to really love eating them. It is possible that he only really likes carpenter bees, which are fat and juicy and live in great numbers in my neighbor's barn. Perhaps he is willing to take the risk that he is eating a stinging bee for the chance of benign deliciousness, and perhaps he is merely stupid


I would occasionally catch my dog with the monsterface. I assumed he was eating bees as well but from watching the way would choke down stinkbugs I suspect he had motives other than taste. Dogs are just weirdos.
 
2013-04-12 10:45:23 AM
Feed them to welfare recipients as incentive to get a job?

Feed them to jail inmates as incentive to stop committing crimes?
 
2013-04-12 10:47:51 AM

stovepipe: Cicada Killer wasps are not aggressive.  Only the females can sting and if you don't mess with them they will avoid you.  The males sometimes challenge you but are harmless.  Yellowjackets and hornets are far more dangerous.

What I'm not looking forward to this year is the potential for increased numbers of velvet ants (cow killers).  These brightly colored wingless wasps feed on Cicada Killer larvae and have incredibly powerful stings.  I'm fascinated by insects but hate those bastards with a passion.


Great. So what murderpede will scurry out and feed on the velvet ants?
 
2013-04-12 11:09:26 AM

mortimer_ford: stovepipe: Cicada Killer wasps are not aggressive.  Only the females can sting and if you don't mess with them they will avoid you.  The males sometimes challenge you but are harmless.  Yellowjackets and hornets are far more dangerous.

What I'm not looking forward to this year is the potential for increased numbers of velvet ants (cow killers).  These brightly colored wingless wasps feed on Cicada Killer larvae and have incredibly powerful stings.  I'm fascinated by insects but hate those bastards with a passion.

Great. So what murderpede will scurry out and feed on the velvet ants?


I don't think anything feeds on velvet ants.  Their exoskeletons are so tough it's hard to even kill them by stomping with a boot.  Seriously.
 
2013-04-12 11:14:23 AM

Cythraul: nekom: Cythraul: Looks like I live just out of range to experience the emergence of Brood II. Pitty.

The boundaries are only approximations, they do move around quite a bit. There are scattered reports of brood 2 in my area, though brood 5 (coming in 2016) was the absolute nightmare infestation here. I mean those things were everywhere, the dead ones piled up so thick in some areas it actually smelled like a dead deer. I'll be quite content to dodge them this time, but we'll see.

I'm 34 years old, so I think I would have lived through at least one mega-brood at one point if they have ever emerged in a place that I resided.  But I don't ever remember seeing one.  I only ever remember the usual summer time annual cicadas we get around here.

I currently live in central North Carolina (Wake County, Raleigh), and I'd love it if Brood II made it over this way.  I'd be fascinated to see that.


They are neat to have seen once. I suppose I'm in some way looking forward to the next big ones here in '16 so that my daughter can see them. If we get a few odd ones from this brood, it won't hold a candle to what we got in 99.

I just wonder how, biologically, they know when 17 years have passed.
 
2013-04-12 11:23:43 AM

nekom: They are neat to have seen once. I suppose I'm in some way looking forward to the next big ones here in '16 so that my daughter can see them. If we get a few odd ones from this brood, it won't hold a candle to what we got in 99.

I just wonder how, biologically, they know when 17 years have passed.


I'd like to see one 17-year megabrood just once, as well. But I imagine that they get old, quick. As for how they know when 17 years have passed, I have no idea. I doubt even entomologists know that one. Sorry, too lazy to google it.
 
2013-04-12 11:59:48 AM

scottapeshot: [copelandsatl.files.wordpress.com image 203x193]


Dammit, beat me to it, Bubba!
 
2013-04-12 12:34:18 PM
You know, I came to the Fark discussion thread for some recipes. And cooking tips. Something to explain how we'll get the shiat out of them, like we do for lobsters, shrimp, and oh yes, cattle and chicken before we eat them. And an easy shelling method. Anyone. Bueler?

No one has that plan, do they. We're supposed to just crunch them up and revel in our non-conventionality. Eating chitin and excrement. OK. Fine. I was just checking.
 
2013-04-12 12:36:06 PM
Arizona gets them every summer.
 
2013-04-12 12:59:56 PM

casual disregard: Tenatra: casual disregard: Farking cicada. I remember seventeen years ago. Those farkers are just plain awful at flying. They will fly into your face, into your car, directly into the sidewalk, etc. Almost as soon as they spring up, there's more corpses littering the ground than there are live cicada. Take a tennis racket wherever you go.

Last year I had one fly into my eye while I was driving on the farking highway.

CSB...
Also last year I had a friend come down from Alaska. She recorded an audio clip on her camera of the sound, posted it to facebook and asked what the hell was going on. It creeped her the fark out. Her friends, all being life long Alaskans were equally disturbed by the sounds being generated. Even more disturbed once she got out of her car and found one dead on the ground, took a picture and posted that as well. She thought it looked like an alien creature. I told her that those creatures are everywhere down here in the summer time and that is what is making the sound.

/I personally find their sounds very relaxing but I'm a Missourian

Yeah, the sound is oddly relaxing. It's no different from chirping birds in that respect. I just don't appreciate cicada smacking me in the face when they decide it's time to go.


Agreed. For me, it's just another 'sound of summer.' I think the season would feel strange without it.

 A couple summers ago, a local ice cream shop actually made and sold cicada ice cream. The county health department shut them down within a few hours. According to a friend who actually got to try some, it was "pretty not bad."
 
2013-04-12 01:08:12 PM

burning22001: Stick em in a stew?


It's cicadelicious
 
2013-04-12 01:35:19 PM
Around here I never noticed a massive difference between the annual and 17 year broods...at 31yo I can remember two different hatches when i lived in two different areas...I'd say they seemed about twice as noisy-although you saw them much more often.

I like the song of the cicada, I like the feeding frenzy for fish that it brings along.....I don't like taking one to the nipple while going 70 mph on the motorcycle in a t-shirt.

I'm getting mixed reports as to whether or not WV is due for them...every source seems to say something different.
 
2013-04-12 02:05:11 PM

2KanZam: Around here I never noticed a massive difference between the annual and 17 year broods...at 31yo I can remember two different hatches when i lived in two different areas...I'd say they seemed about twice as noisy-although you saw them much more often.

I like the song of the cicada, I like the feeding frenzy for fish that it brings along.....I don't like taking one to the nipple while going 70 mph on the motorcycle in a t-shirt.

I'm getting mixed reports as to whether or not WV is due for them...every source seems to say something different.


Most of WV will probably get brood V in 2016. Here in extreme southwest Pennsylvania that's the only time I ever saw them, back in 1996. I was alive on the one prior but I'd have been 2 so wouldn't remember. There have already been some reports in west central PA of this brood but I don't expect it will be widespread this far west. But keep in mind there are often outliers, sometimes only a few acres hundreds of miles from where the bulk of them are. It's a really strange thing to have evolved.
 
2013-04-12 05:20:32 PM
Does no one feel bad about eating something that's been waiting underground for 17 years to FINALLY emerge and transform and breed??
 
2013-04-12 10:24:53 PM

Maus III: Columbia, Maryland.  Around...1986?  They came out of the ground.
I was 7.  We saw the larvae crawl out.
We saw them attach to the vinyl siding of the houses and hang there.

Not in that order. Usually. Usually.
I think that the good single Dad's out there get zero recognition and it pisses me right the fark off.
Not in that order. Usually. Usually.

We had big white buckets and we would pick the empty shells of the larvae and collect them.
The newly hatched final molts (thats not a proper term I know) would cling on the tree, the houses,
everything, looking moist and gross.
I think the next day we went on a rampage.  We simply plucked them, tore their wings off, all the while with that awful BBBBZBBZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ noise.

Not in that order. Usually. Usually.
I think that the good single Dad's out there get zero recognition and it pisses me right the fark off.
Not in that order. Usually. Usually.

It was a big farking hornet, the size of which we had never seen. It was black and yellow and it said, "do not fark with me".  We realized that different buzz was the cicada, being carried away by a Cicada Killer.  I would like to try bugs to eat, but, i can't deal with those blood red eyes of the Cicadas.
Chop em up and put them on a pizza, then maybe.

Not in that order. Usually. Usually.
I think that the good single Dad's out there get zero recognition and it pisses me right the fark off.
Not in that order. Usually. Usually.

I could not do it now.  Until, there was a group of us, we had cleaned the tree grove clean of empty larvaie shells and live bugs, when we looked over at the ground.  It was a different buzz.
Second in fright only to the Tarantula Killer I saw a few years back here in Texas.
Austin, that is. Hipster Heaven.

Not in that order. Usually. Usually.
I think that the good single Dad's out there get zero recognition and it pisses me right the fark off.
Not in that order. Usually. Usually.

I could not do it now.  Until, there was a group of us, we had c ...



You know, I have you favorited and it's just a quote from some thread a while back.

I am laughing but, I don't get it.  Definitely drunk for the cicada post. :)  And for the profile creation.  I had forgotten about that.
 
2013-04-12 10:33:55 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: White_Scarf_Syndrome: Columbia, Maryland.  Around...1986?  They came out of the ground.  I was 7.  We saw the larvae crawl out.  We saw them attach to the vinyl siding of the houses and hang there.  We had big white buckets and we would pick the empty shells of the larvae and collect them.  The newly hatched final molts (thats not a proper term I know) would cling on the tree, the houses, everything, looking moist and gross.  I think the next day we went on a rampage.  We simply plucked them, tore their wings off, all the while with that awful BBBBZBBZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ noise.  I could not do it now.  Until, there was a group of us, we had cleaned the tree grove clean of empty larvaie shells and live bugs, when we looked over at the ground.  It was a different buzz.  It was a big farking hornet, the size of which we had never seen. It was black and yellow and it said, "do not fark with me".  We realized that different buzz was the cicada, being carried away by a Cicada Killer.  I would like to try bugs to eat, but, i can't deal with those blood red eyes of the Cicadas.  Chop em up and put them on a pizza, then maybe.

Second in fright only to the Tarantula Killer I saw a few years back here in Texas.

Heh.. I made the mistake of messing with a cicada killer once

/once
//those sonsabiatches are FAST


They do not have the flying skills of the Tarantula Killer.  It was fast, precise.  Like comparing a B2 with an F16,
 
2013-04-13 12:12:17 AM

White_Scarf_Syndrome: MaudlinMutantMollusk: White_Scarf_Syndrome: Columbia, Maryland.  Around...1986?  They came out of the ground.  I was 7.  We saw the larvae crawl out.  We saw them attach to the vinyl siding of the houses and hang there.  We had big white buckets and we would pick the empty shells of the larvae and collect them.  The newly hatched final molts (thats not a proper term I know) would cling on the tree, the houses, everything, looking moist and gross.  I think the next day we went on a rampage.  We simply plucked them, tore their wings off, all the while with that awful BBBBZBBZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ noise.  I could not do it now.  Until, there was a group of us, we had cleaned the tree grove clean of empty larvaie shells and live bugs, when we looked over at the ground.  It was a different buzz.  It was a big farking hornet, the size of which we had never seen. It was black and yellow and it said, "do not fark with me".  We realized that different buzz was the cicada, being carried away by a Cicada Killer.  I would like to try bugs to eat, but, i can't deal with those blood red eyes of the Cicadas.  Chop em up and put them on a pizza, then maybe.

Second in fright only to the Tarantula Killer I saw a few years back here in Texas.

Heh.. I made the mistake of messing with a cicada killer once

/once
//those sonsabiatches are FAST

They do not have the flying skills of the Tarantula Killer.  It was fast, precise.  Like comparing a B2 with an F16,


It's a moot point when an insect the size of a small bird with a stinger as long as my dick is coming after my ass with the cold glare of death in its eye

/those are vile, evil, vindictive creatures, and cicadas attract them
//death to cicadas
///DEATH, I say
////but not by cicada killer
//death to them more
//slashieeeessssss.........
 
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