10 facts about cicadas

Experts expect about a billion of them to emerge throughout Ohio.

Cicadas have returned to Northeast Ohio.

It has been 17 years since we last saw this specific species. Experts expect about a billion of them to emerge throughout the state.

Here are 10 facts about the insects, according to Cicadamania.com:

1. You can eat cicadas. People bake, boil, broil, barbecue and sauté them. 

2. Although they are often referred to as locusts, they are not true locusts. Real locusts look like grasshoppers. 

3. Only the males make the sound cicadas are famous for. Females respond by flicking their wings. 

4. If you are using a power tool or lawn mower, a cicada may land on you. They confuse the noise for other cicadas. 

5. Cicadas can damage young or weak trees. To protect trees, use netting. 

6. They don't eat solid foods, but they do drink tree fluids. 

7. Cicadas have five eyes. 

8. They can urinate. People often call it "honey dew" or "cicada rain."

9. They are cold-blooded insects. They use their dark skin to absorb heat from the sun. 

10. The 13-year and 17-year cicadas emerge at the same time every 221 years. 


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