So, by now you've probably heard something about this cicada business that's supposed to start like any second now. These little dudes who've been buried in the ground for the last 17 years are just about ready to wriggle up to the surface and get it on in the trees for like a month. But we hear cicadas every year, so what's the big effing D this year?
Well, some kinds of cicadas do their own thing, and others live their entire lifecycles together every so many years. Brood II, which is set to wreak havoc on Connecticut and parts of the East Coast, has a 17-year lifecycle, which means these things buried themselves under our soil in 1996. This is a big deal because Brood II is the only kind of cicada to overtake our trees and lawns every so often.
Since there is about to be a bazillion of these things all over the place, Bun Lai of Miya's Sushi is, of course, going to catch them and turn them into some kind of delicious, edible menu item. This would not be the first time that insects are included on the menu there. I will probably not be eating them, though. More for you guys!
If you don't want to eat them, head over to the Yale Peabody Museum for Return of the 17-Year Cicadas!, an exhibit where you can get up close and personal without getting too personal, know what I mean? The exhibit is up through Sept. 3, long after the cicadas themselves have left the Earth.
Brood II cicadas won't be back to bother us again until 2030. Just think of all the gadgets we'll have embedded in our brains by then! (Obligatory post of all the stuff Brood II-ers have missed in the last 17 years.)