It happens only once every thirteen years and it’s time to get ready for the noise. Periodical cicadas, you never know for sure when they’ll be out. (listen to the cicadas)
According to Dr. Eric Benson, Clemson Extension entomologist, the time to expect them is “after tax time, but toward the end of April or maybe early May, they should start appearing.”
If it’s a few cicadas that’s one thing, but if it’s thousands or tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands, it can get pretty noisy. listen to cicadas
Dr. Benson says the cicadas that we should soon see and hear, went into the ground in 1998 and have been living down there. “They will then emerge, almost altogether, on the same day, soon.”
After the cicadas mate and lay their eggs they die, flooding the environment with food.
The cicadas are quite stocky. There’s lot of nutrition in a cicada and there will be a lot of consumption by birds and reptiles and all kinds of predators and other insects.
Would we want to snack on the critters?
“If I were to eat a cicada, I would probably pluck off the wings, and I would cook it. I would not choose to eat any insects raw,” joked Dr. Benson. “I’m not sure about deep-frying them, but if you fried them up, or ‘wokked’ them up, add a little spice, they might be okay.”
Dr. Benson says this special brood is about to emerge and sing their buzzing song, which is their mating song to beckon the females. Hear cicadas’ mating call.