|My, what big red eyes you have!|
So, my first thought was: "Wow, what will the dogs do?"
My second thought was: "Riley will EAT them. He eats everything."
But my third thought was: "Hey, wait a minute. This doesn't add up." I distinctly remember Riley encountering (but not eating) masses of cicadas, and he's not 17. And I also distinctly remember a big cicada emergence in 1987, the year before my daughter was born, and again when she was 16--which would be 2004.
The math wasn't working.
So I did a little research and found that there are all kinds of "broods" of 17-year and 13-year cicadas. In 1987 and 2004, we had Brood X (10), a 17-year variety that is known as the "Great Eastern Brood" (says Wikipedia) and is the largest of them all. And their arrival truly is an experience you are not likely to forget. But those buggers aren't due back until 2021. (I have to admit--I actually grew a little fond of those clumsy, goofy little guys.)
The brood emerging this year is Brood II (2), which last came out in 1996. And, frankly, that year is not sticking in my head like the others. So I doubt that this will be as much of a phenomenon as we might be led to believe. And that's just fine.
|Search result when googling|
(not quite what I expected to find)
Long story short, the cicadas themselves are not toxic. But a dog that eats too many might have trouble digesting the tough skins and could get an intestinal blockage, or could choke on a body part. And just like people, some dogs can get allergic reactions.
So I for one will not panic if Riley nibbles on just one. But I will definitely lecture him about moderation.
|Geographic range of Brood II|
- WBAL-TV: Cover your ears: cicada brood to return after 17-year absence
- Wikipedia: Brood X
- National Geographic: Quick facts about periodical cicadas
- Cicadamania: Are cicadas safe to eat?
- Medical News Today: Don't worry if your pet eats cicadas, AMVA