Giant cicada wants to be friends


32 Responses to “Giant cicada wants to be friends”

  1. awjt says:

    Such a friendly beastie.

  2. BarBarSeven says:

    “The plant-based diet gives them a green, asparagus-like flavor…”

    Which one notices immediately within the 1/500th of a second between the bug touching one’s tongue, to one’s primal instincts kicking in, spitting it out and one runs to find a dry towel to rub obsessively on their tongue until the taste is gone and/or blood from the tongue appears from excessive rubbing. Within a few minutes one might start to look at their companions differently and even utter “How the @$%# do I even know you??!?!” before the door slams, feet run down the staircase and one gets into one’s car, hits the gas and drives in any direction to get as far away from said location as possible.

  3. Ross says:

    It’s certainly big, but only about twice the size of the largest cicadas I saw back during the cicada cycle in the 80s. Hate to be cleaning one of those off the windshield.

  4. Etymon 3 says:

    Did anyone else immediately think of the film “Mimic”? Especially at the 0:13 mark? Did anyone else get at least slightly freaked out at that point? 

  5. Inchoate says:

    I think it is interesting that many people who have no problems eating shrimp and other crustaceans still recoil in horror at the thought of eating insects.

  6. Jim Saul says:

    Calling Quartermass!

  7. Morrigan says:

    Cicadas are cute!  I’m looking forward to 2021 when Brood 10 makes its next appearance. 

    • papercup mixmaster says:

      Oh man, me too! The periodical cicada is such a crazy wonderful thing. I have a few friends who are post-’04 transplants to the area and they don’t believe me. “Yeah, yeah,” they say, “but cicadas happen every year, and they’re loud and stuff…” “NO! You don’t understand,” I say, “BILLIONS of them!”

      • Morrigan says:

        If you live in Maryland, take them around North Charles street up near Towson or any part of Patapsco State Park.  They won’t be able to hear themselves think.  Heh.

  8. freddiefreelance says:

    Remember, unless you’re eating Cicadas within a minute or two of their emergence, you should trim their wings before eating them.

    My favorite preparation has always been Tempura Battered & Fried, then drained & topped with Powdered Sugar.

  9. Sara Phang says:

    Really, why do you eat shrimp (Chinese restaurants serve them deep-fried with the heads on), crabs, and lobsters? They’re also members of the phylum Arthropoda, and much larger!

  10. KBert says:

    And to start, may I suggest the Tenerels; lightly steamed, quick dipped in our signature batter and crisped in quick deep saute’, with a decoration of ginger cinnamon must sauce?
    Yeah, sure. Sounds good.

  11. pupdog says:

    Around here we just went through our 13 year cycle this spring – there’s a newly-landed immigrant community of Karen from Myanmar that had an absolute field-day with the cicada emergence. Flash fried, crispy like popcorn shrimp, and nowhere near as disgusting as people might think.

  12. apoxia says:

    I don’t eat arthropods of any sort for this very reason. They are all scary insects.

  13. jere7my says:

    These cicadas littered the streets of Bintulu, Malaysia when I lived there. As far as I was concerned, catching one of the big black adults made for a banner day — and, yes, the locals would catch the green ones, strip the wings off, and eat them raw. (I was only 11, and not brave enough to try.) They would fall into the pool and float for hours, croaking that unmistakable croak, making it sound from blocks away like a flock of ducks had taken over the pool. If one flew into the side of your head, it was like being hit by a golf ball. And they had an unerring knack for flying up beneath my mom’s skirt — which was hilarious, to little pubescent me.

  14. lpkl says:

    It’s trying to escape, not be your friend…

  15. RJ says:

    To answer those queries about why shrimp are appealing while cicadas are not, the answer is rather simple. Cicadas look like overgrown, croaking horseflies. If you like the idea of shoveling big spoonfuls of crunchy, juicy horseflies into your gob, then I guess jumbo horseflies must sound mouth-watering.

    I’ll stick with shrimp. They don’t look like anything nasty, they’re easy to clean and cook and they taste wonderful. If you want to eat roaches, flies, spiders, crickets, ants, centipedes and beetles, well… good luck with your eHarmony ad.

    • 秀平 月 says:

      Dude, it’s cultural! To me, anything peanut butter & jelly is one of the grossest things ever concocted by humans, probably because I wasn’t raised on it.

      (Also, shrimp look like fat, slimy worms. Beats me why they would be inherently less disgusting.)

  16. Boomer says:

    Cicadas du jour.  Yum.

  17. gracelovescostumesandhabaneros says:

    Am I the first to request a unicorn chaser for this post?

    I don’t know what I was expecting, but the title misled me into believing this would be more in the “cute/amusing” category, most likely of the animation genre.

    • Little John says:

      Yeah, it’s the Disney-esque “wants-to-be-friends” that has you picturing puppies and Bambi or maybe a friendly pony.

      I watched the whole video, but as for me, I much prefer the legless creatures in the previous post. Too many legs is worse than not enough, IMHO.

  18. bombastinator says:

    got to wonder what the period is on a bug that big.  That thing may be older than the person holding it.

  19. These make great cat toys.

  20. C.J. Casey says:

    My first summer in Japan (June 2003) was a Cicada Summer. We lived near Anjinzuka (the shrine named after the guy SHO’GUN was (VERY loosely) based on) and for about a month or so, we had to raise our voices over those critters, there were so many and they were so loud.

  21. machinestate says:

    Cicadas make noise and have charm.  Other than that they are winged bags of guts.  Shrimp have no charm, but do have fleshy, substantial innards.

  22. I don´t eat anything with less than two or more than four legs. 

    • querent says:

      Strictly less than two?  So bipeds are on the menu, eh?

      In the words of John Paul Ziller, “Protein is where you find it.”

  23. Snig says:

    If I had tiny tiny hands, I’d make youtube videos with normal sized insects and freak out the populace. 

  24. Atrum says:

    Why did no one tell me Mothra was real and could also make babies?

  25. jewelley says:

    let that cicada go!

  26. bklynchris says:

    I feel like Bill the Cat after seeing that.  AND, I blame cicadas (or their “song” at least) for intolerable August heat.

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