The title of this post was almost “you say ci-cay-da, I say Secada.”
Anyway, on to more pressing matters. It’s cicada season in parts of Virginia. Thus, if you live in the area or will be visiting, you may want to be on the lookout for these noisy insects. The season is just getting started, but before long they’ll be everywhere. Seriously… everywhere. In fact, to mutilate a classic song: “If you’re going to be at BlogPaws, you just might find a cicada in your hair.” If that happens, try not to panic. It’ll be okay.
When a cicada season rolls around (which doesn’t happen every year), the media goes into overdrive. (See, e.g., Swarmageddon.) It’s like the cicadas are an army of aliens set to invade. (The fact that they have mysterious names like “Brood II” does nothing to dispel this notion.) In fact, the news starts to sound like a Saturday Night Live skit about the Stark family reunion.
So, yeah… the cicadas are coming. (Warning: some cicadas may prove more entertaining than others.)
Remember, it’s all fun and cicadas until someone gets hurt. I mean, I’m fairly certain that you won’t stand out in a field with your mouth open in hopes that a cicada will fly into it. (At least I hope you won’t. If you do, make sure to get it on video though. That’s probably YouTube gold.)
However, I have a feeling your dog might find this to be a worthwhile use of his time. It’s an all-you-can eat buffet with no closing time. Eat all the things!
I’m here to tell you though – a cicada diet is not all that it’s cracked up to be. Although one of the first cicadas of the season was apparently eaten by an enterprising hound, I’d advise against letting your furry friend do the same. Those crunchy exoskeletons could cause digestive problems, especially if your dog eats a bunch. Cicadas tainted with pesticides could be dangerous. These tempting treats could also prove to be a choking hazard. Thus, your cicada chow hound may begin to feel like you do after finishing an entire pint of Cherry Garcia.
Now, it may be hard to keep your pet from eating any cicadas, but be wary. If you do find yourself in cicada country, be on the alert when you’re walking your dog. Keep an eye out for any choking or vomiting, and do your best to keep your pet from breaking out his dogeared copy of Cooking with Cicadas.
Full disclosure: This post is my first foray into the world of animated gifs (source). I’ll try to exercise more restraint in the future.
However, I must admit that they’re kind of fun. Unlike a person who lets her dog eat his weight in cicadas…
Do you have any cicada stories or wisdom to share?