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So, if you live on the east coast, particularly, NY, are you ready for the seventeen-year-old Brood II? Hey, they reportedly taste like corn. Smile At one billion per square mile, that could feed some folks. And while locusts and cicadas aren't the same, John the Baptist dined on locusts and wild honey. Is there food program lurking here that hasn't yet been tapped?

http://nymag.com/news/intelligencer/topic/cicadas-2013-5/

I experienced Brood X in Princeton in 2004....

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/19/nyregion/19cicadas.html

....and in MHO it's way overrated. OK they did make a lot of noise, but, equivalent to the noise of a jackhammer? No way. Still, an interesting experience. I'm more concerned about lawn damage than anything else. But I live in a relatively new development in southern Delaware and they supposedly only emerge from unworked ground. We'll see.
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Finaly, something that dosen't taste like chicken.
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The periodic emergence of a great brood of periodical cicadas is one of those wonderful things. Imagine: you hatch from an egg in the treetops and fall to the earth, into which you burrow. In the damp, cool darkness of the earth, you attach yourself to the rootlet of that mighty tree in whose branches you were born, and you feed on the tree's sap for 17 years, slowly growing. After 17 years, you tunnel towards the sun, and finally emerge into daylight or moonlight. You laboriously shed the hard skin that has protected you underground, and you slowly extend your wings, which dry and harden. And then you fly! Fly! And soar to the treetops, where for a few weeks you sound a penetrating music, mate, and then die. What a life! 17 years in an underground dungeon, then metamorphosis, and a few weeks of soaring, brilliant flight.
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Mmm...cicada.

For math nerds it's a good example of how prime number cycles can help evolutionary success. The 17 year cycle gives the cicadas an edge over their predators and competitors; consider a predator whose cohort starts off at the same time as the cicadas. Now if the predator has say, a 6 year cycle, then the predator and the cicadas will only meet in year 17x6= 102. So our cicada friends only have to worry every 102 years that they will run into the predators. But let's say the cicada's cycle was 18 instead of 17; then on the 18th year the cicadas would peek out their heads, and there would be their dastardly enemies or competitor species. Any time the predator has a cycle that is a divisor of the cicada's cycle, they will meet up as soon as the first generation of cicadas is ready to pop out. Since prime numbers like 17 only have themselves (and 1) as divisors, the cicadas can sit back in relief, secure in the knowledge that they will only meet their predator in the year that is the product of their cycle and the predator's cycle.
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On 2013-05-13 08:34, landmark wrote:
Mmm...cicada.

For math nerds it's a good example of how prime number cycles can help evolutionary success. The 17 year cycle gives the cicadas an edge over their predators and competitors; consider a predator whose cohort starts off at the same time as the cicadas. Now if the predator has say, a 6 year cycle, then the predator and the cicadas will only meet in year 17x6= 102. So our cicada friends only have to worry every 102 years that they will run into the predators. But let's say the cicada's cycle was 18 instead of 17; then on the 18th year the cicadas would peek out their heads, and there would be their dastardly enemies or competitor species. Any time the predator has a cycle that is a divisor of the cicada's cycle, they will meet up as soon as the first generation of cicadas is ready to pop out. Since prime numbers like 17 only have themselves (and 1) as divisors, the cicadas can sit back in relief, secure in the knowledge that they will only meet their predator in the year that is the product of their cycle and the predator's cycle.

Very interesting landmark. Yet there still are predators. However, their sheer numbers appear to prevent the cicada's extinction, barring some event induced by man I suppose.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/......tor.html
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I remember them 17 years ago. My son was 6 and loved picking them up and studying them. He wrote something about them for the local paper. Now he is 23.

where did the last 17 years go?
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Too fast no matter where they went! My younger brother likes to remind me that life is like a roll of toilet paper; the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.
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17 years underground sucking on a tree root doesn't sound very exciting to me.
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It's like practicing a mercury card fold. Until you get it, it isn't that useful or exciting.
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Personally I'd rather have Cicadas than Wasps. (She said from her quiet home in California).

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Is this an illegal alien discussion?
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On 2013-05-14 13:46, plink wrote:
Is this an illegal alien discussion?

Very seriously, why would you ask a question like that?
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Let me get this straight: People actually eat these things?
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What don't some people eat?
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I lived in Hong Kong for three years and I learned there that folks will eat absolutely anything with protein in it. Besides, tune in on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and you'll see a lot stranger things than cicadas being consumed. An episode wase filmed in Madagascar a few years back in which here was a community feast for a five year-old boy's rite of circumsion. I'll leave it to your imagination as to what the boy's uncle had the honor of consuming when the deed was done.
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I've eaten cookies with crickets in them. The crickets just taste like toasted almonds; they're really quite good. What I didn't like was the feeling of their little legs in my mouth--ewwww!
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And in the news:

UN urges people to eat insects to fight world hunger
13 May 2013 Last updated at 14:00

Over 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diet with insects
Eating more insects could help fight world hunger, according to a new UN report.

The report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization says that eating insects could help boost nutrition and reduce pollution.

It notes than over 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diet with insects.

However it admits that "consumer disgust" remains a large barrier in many Western countries.

Wasps, beetles and other insects are currently "underutilised" as food for people and livestock, the report says. Insect farming is "one of the many ways to address food and feed security".

"Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly, and they have high growth and feed conversion rates and a low environmental footprint," according to the report.

Nutritional value

The authors point out that insects are nutritious, with high protein, fat and mineral content.

They are "particularly important as a food supplement for undernourished children".

Insects are also "extremely efficient" in converting feed into edible meat. Crickets, for example, need 12 times less feed than cattle to produce the same amount of protein, according to the report.

Most insects are are likely to produce fewer environmentally harmful greenhouse gases than other livestock.

The ammonia emissions associated with insect-rearing are far lower than those linked to conventional livestock such as pigs, says the report.

Delicacies


The report calls for insect dishes to be added to restaurant menus
Insects are regularly eaten by many of the world's population, but the thought may seem shocking to many Westerners.

The report suggests that the food industry could help in "raising the status of insects" by including them in new recipes and adding them to restaurant menus.

It goes on to note that in some places, certain insects are considered delicacies.

For example some caterpillars in southern Africa are seen as luxuries and command high prices.

Most edible insects are gathered in forests and serve niche markets, the report states.

It calls for improved regulation and production for using insects as feed.

"The use of insects on a large scale as a feed ingredient is technically feasible, and established companies in various parts of the world are already leading the way," it adds.
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