All over the Northeast and South, people are preparing for the emergence of 13-year and 17-year cicadas.
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|Cicadas are tasty treats.|
According to Mother Nature News, these loud but harmless creatures have been living underground since the mid-'90s, lying in wait for the opportunity to fly about and mate like crazy for two months before the surviving cicadas return to the earth to sit out another decade-plus.
Though there are many groups and subspecies of cicadas, the southernmost group is called the "Great Southern Brood" and should emerge by mid-May, when they will loudly go through their series of mating calls until about mid-July. The "Brood" has already been spotted in Georgia, and although they probably won't make their way to South Florida, we do have annual cicadas here.
This is all fascinating, but what does it have to do with food? Well, according to Michael Raupp, professor of entomology at the University of Maryland and author of the Bug of the Week blog, cicadas are delicious and nutritious.
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