This May, when the soil hits 64 degrees, billions of cicadas will emerge from the ground in 15 states from Georgia to New York and over to the Mississippi River. After spending 17 years underground, the Brood X cicada nymphs will crawl out of the ground, molt into adults and mate, all in a four week period. The mass emergence is thought to overpower predators and result in better species survival. For humans, like University of Maryland entomologist Mike Raupp, it offers a chance to enjoy rare delicacies like cicada cookies and tacos. He says newly-molted cicadas taste buttery and pair well with red wine.
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