We are evidently in for a rare treat in nature: the emergence of the 17 year cicada. We see cicadas every year but these are the annual green ones. They kind of look like a grasshopper. But, the scientists say we are going to see a black red-eyed cicada and in such high numbers that we might want to harvest them and eat them. See for yourself: USA Today
However, this event is likely to be deafening given the sheer number of cicadas. There are so many aspects of nature that just make no intuitive sense. I am continually amazed that birds migrate and don’t get lost. It makes me crazy to think that all those Monarch butterflies migrate to one small area in Mexico. Who teaches spiders to make those intricate webs? The list goes on.
In any event, the big question we should think about is why we are so disgusted about these sources of protein. Many cultures around the world use these protein sources. Many cultures eat scorpions, rats, and whatever. Don’t we remember the prison riot in Maine caused by inmates objecting to being fed “sea bugs” because they thought they were being poisoned!
Don’t be surprised as this comes up more and more this year. We are seeing the concept of circularity emerge to center stage. Bugs are on the menu!