Cicada Mania

There are cicadas everywhere.

Everywhere except for the area that we live.  Not that I’m complaining!  I just think it’s odd when you think about it because Joe and I live somewhat near a park.  We do hear them and see them when we drive around the island so I can say that they’re here.

About two weeks ago, Joe brought me along to a dinner at his internship boss’ house.  It was nice to finally meet everyone (Joe has been working with them a lot for the past couple of months).  Two of the team members had wanted to try cicadas so they brought two cups worth (one cup was later released back into the wild) and got to cooking.

I’m not going to be sharing this recipe because, well, it’s a little bizarre.  Also, because I wasn’t in the kitchen as they were cooking… I was in the other room with the heebie-jeebies.


Word on the street is that they have a nutty flavor or taste kind of like asparagus.  Joe says they were kind of fishy in terms of texture but they mostly taste like the flavor of what they’re cooked in.  If they hadn’t been cooked in artichoke juice, I think I would’ve tried one.


It’s easy to be brave when there’s no threat of them flying around you.

It’s probably surprising that I requested some wings be saved for me to take home.  It sounds completely bizarre but cicada wings are actually very beautiful –  a detail I remembered from my last experience with them in 2004.  I basically had to sort though a pile of cicada wings and what not before pulling out 9 beauties.

I waited a day before doing anything because I wanted the wings to dry out.  I had an old shadow box Ribba frame from IKEA and decided to use that.  My original idea was to use the Zots Clear Adhesive Dots (Small) that I had used for our wedding invitations.

It was an epic fail.

The wings refused to stick to the zots.  Rather, they would just fall off as soon as I picked up the frame.  I think this had something to do with the texture of the wings or the humidity that night as I was trying this – but whatever the reason, it wasn’t working.  I resorted to using those square foam stickers.  This time, the wings really stuck on (you can see below) and I was a happy lady.


Now, we have the wings all framed up and up on the wall.  It’s a simple project but it’s definitely an interesting piece and I’m happy with how it turned out.  Most people don’t realize they’re wings (so their reactions are funny).

I would share the photo of the frame hung but I’m planning on unveiling the living room this week (finally) and I don’t want any spoilers.


Have you filled shadow boxes or DIY art from unexpected items?  Any one out there brave enough to try a cicada?  Were you lucky enough to escape them this year?

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  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication

    They ate cicadas?!?! Weird!

    But the wings do look really cool in that frame!

    • Kristen

      Yep! The consensus was that it wasn’t bad (although I don’ think anyone is going to get in the habit of eating bugs for meals).

  • John @ Our Home from Scratch

    Love the wings. The idea of eating bugs though…ehhh !!

  • annabelvita

    For our second date, Mr V and I went to this crazy restaurant ( where we ate frog’s legs and had a scorpion for dessert! You should go there @ashleyattemptsatdomestication

    • Kristen

      I’ve eaten frogs’ legs before but I don’t think I’d ever be brave enough to try scorpion!

  • Amanda Winks

    The thought of eating bugs just grosses me out! Good for them for trying them though! Also, Forrest and I never had any at our house either. Our babysitter’s house was a whole different story. She actually couldn’t let the kids outside to play because of the bugs dying and rotting (the smell was terrible!)

  • Kelly @ Corner of Main

    Oh my. I can’t believe they ate them!! Yucko.

    I much prefer framing the wings instead! =)

  • Ainhoa

    Oh WOW I would never be brave enough to eat that! Love the wings though!

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