Billions of cicadas are set to hatch this spring, bringing a once every 17 years plague to most of the East Coast. The insects will mate and then die over the course of about six weeks.
Some foodies use the high-protein, nutty flavored bugs in all sorts of dishes, from tacos and pizza to cookies and even a martini.
One cicada eater says: "It's not that different from bottom dwelling sea creatures. Shrimp and lobster eat garbage and they are the insects of the ocean. If we eat those without much afterthought, why not eat insects?"
In just a few weeks, you'll have your chance. The noisy critters will emerge mid-May. The insects will use their four to six week adult lifespan to sing, mate and die.
The key to harvesting the bugs for eating is when they are newly hatched, called tenerals, sometime in the early morning. They should be white and still soft, with the females and their distinctive pointy abdomens the most appetizing and nutritious because of their protein-filled eggs.
Have you ever been adventurous and eaten a bug? Please comment below.
Here's a picture of the "bugs on a pizza" treat.