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A plastic bag full of crawling periodical cicada nymphs that TJ Mathews has collected from neighbors' yards on May 18, 2021 in Takoma Park, Maryland. Mathews is collecting hundreds of the insects -- members of the Magicicadas periodical cicada Brood X -- which he will roast, grind and turn into a protein-rich powder he mixes into smoothies. The cicadas are beginning to emerge in the eastern United States and some Midwestern states after living underground and feeding off of tree roots for 17 years.

A Maryland company is adding some crunch to their candy this year.

Chouquette Chocolates is selling chocolate-covered cicadas to celebrate the 17-year reappearance of the noisy insects. The fresh cicadas are frozen, before being air fried and dropped in milk or dark chocolate.

Experts say cicadas are low in fat and high in protein. Billions of cicadas will emerge as temperatures warm in the eastern part of the U.S., with this year expecting its largest cicada appearance since 2004.

If you aren’t into eating insects, the store has other cicada celebrating items without the bug in them!


Source: WBAL TV