So, after reflecting some on my previous post about creatures with exoskeletons, I began to doubt my logic that sea bugs were better than terrestrial ones. I mean I do love good seafood but how different can a creepy crawler be if it came from under the water. So this afternoon, when my dad captured another cicada I was determined to fight through his pinchy little claws (the cicadas not my dads) and eat the little bugger (see youtube video attached for full coverage).
I must say it wasn’t bad but Sammy assures me the 17 year version is much tastier – he and his previous sister Banshee went through bushels of those guys. Guess I’ll have to wait until 2024. Hope Sammy is around to show me how to properly ingest them. For more information on this brood you can check out this website (http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cicadas/13or17year.html). Bottom line is:
“The northern Illinois brood, which will emerge in late May 2024, has a reputation for the largest emergence of cicadas known anywhere.”
Speaking of Pinchy, I am reminded of a Simpson’s episode we recently watched on AppleTV. FXNow has all the Simpsons episodes “On-Demand”. This particular episode was in season 10 episode 8 – or something like that. As with most of their shows, there are many great lines/scenes but the link below captures the exact nature of eating things with exoskeletons…as only Homer could do (or my uncle from Michigan):
Needless to say, Sammy pretty much missed the whole sequence of the cicada this afternoon. He believes his “free time” (that not eating or going for a walk) is best spent resting up – in case either of the aforementioned events should present themselves to him. For those keeping track, apparently snacking on cicadas does not constitute a true eating event.
…at least now that he is accustomed to dining on lobster….must say the guy has a point. For the bugs of the sea are truly more tasty than their land bound counterparts.