Sunday, May 20, 2007

Biblical Plague To Hit US

US Midwest readies for emergence of 17-year cicadas

"CHICAGO: Billions of noisy cicadas are expected to emerge this month in parts of the U.S. Midwest after spending 17 years underground.
"It's one of the greatest insect emergences on Earth," said Daniel Summers, an entomologist at The Field Museum in Chicago.
The red-eyed, shrimp-sized, flying insects do not bite or sting. But they are known for mating calls that produce a sound that can overpower telephones, lawn mowers and power tools. Almost all burst from the ground within a couple days of each other, then quickly climb the nearest vertical surface to molt and unroll their wings.
In some heavily wooded areas, as many as 1.5 million cicadas per acre (0.4 hectare) will crowd onto trees, experts say.
A single male's shrill courtship call can reach 90 decibels, equivalent to a kitchen blender."

"The cicadas can be cooked in a large frying pan in a way similar to popcorn. The taste is similr to the "crispy edges of the egg white of an overhard fried egg."
A popular way to prepare cicadas is to sautee them in butter with crushed garlic and basil. However, some people might not like the strong aroma that this produces.
Cicadas can also be dry-roated on a stick like a marshmallow over a fire.
You will probably want to remove the wings and legs because these have sharp edges."

How To Eat Cicadas


Blogger Laurie said...

That's disturbing on several levels.

21/5/07 9:52 AM  

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