Freaked by cicada swarms? You could just stick a fork in ’em

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University of Maryland entomologist Paula Shrewsbury, reaches for a cookie topped with a cicada nymph, Monday, May 17, 2021, in Columbia, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

NEW YORK (AP) — Cicadas are poised to infest whole swaths of American backyards this summer.

Maybe it’s time they invaded your kitchen.

Swarms of the red-eyed bugs reemerging after 17 years below ground offer a chance for home cooks to turn cicadas into snacks.

Full of protein, gluten-free, low-fat and low-carb, cicadas were used as a food source by Native Americans and are still eaten by humans in many countries.

This year’s group is called Brood X and they can be seen in 15 eastern states from Indiana to Georgia to New York.

Their cacophonous mating song can drown out the noise of passing jets.

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