Cicadas - entomophagy
6:30 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Cicadas. Love 'em. Hate 'em. Eat 'em?

These cicadas were collected at night, shortly after they emerged, while their bodies were still soft and white. They were then frozen for storage.
(Art Chimes)

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Billions of periodical cicadas have emerged over the past few weeks in more than a dozen states across the Southeast and Midwest.

A food bonanza for predators

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Cicadas - entomology
6:35 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Cicadas: the science behind the invasion

Two cicadas hang upside down on a branch, facing in opposite directions, to mate.
(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

They’re back. And if they’re out in your neighborhood, they’re pretty hard to miss.

I’m talking about the periodical cicadas. In the past few weeks, they’ve emerged by the billions in states from Maryland to Georgia to Oklahoma.

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11:42 am
Tue June 7, 2011

Missouri cicada ice cream seller advised to cool it

An extreme closeup of a cicada. Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream in Columbia, Mo. featured the insects in a flavor of ice cream last week, but have since been told to halt production.
(via Flickr/Common Pixels)

Updated 9:59 a.m. June 8 to clarify Associated Press story.

Public health officials in Columbia, Mo. have asked an ice cream shop to cool it* with the cicada-flavored ice cream that customers apparently can't get enough of.

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