USA, zoo animals eat periodic cicadas

This video is about the re-emergence in the USA of millions of periodic cicadas.

It says about itself:

time lapse of brood XIV cicada emerging from nymph exoskeleton. Taken on 5-24-08 in Louisa, KY over a 2-hour period. This is a 17-year cicada of the Magicicada genus. They spend 17 years developing underground, 2 hours emerging, and a week having sex to produce the next brood. We have seen areas of the yard with emergence holes every 5″ or so, so extrapolate that over a large area to imagine how many cicadas are emerging in our 1-acre lot.

Associated Press reports from the USA:

Cicadas a tasty treat for zoo animals

BROOKFIELD, Ill. — At the Brookfield Zoo, cicadas are a lot more than just really noisy insects: They’re delicious.

These days, a host of animals from bearded dragon lizards to African wild dogs to white-crested laughing thrush birds are enjoying cicadas.

And zoo nutritionists – not to mention the mothers of all those lizards, dogs and birds – don’t have to worry.

Although the cicadas emerging this month after spending 17 years underground may seem like candy to the animals – crunchy on the outside and soft in the center – they’re actually health food.

Research on zoo animals focuses more on “familiar” species like gorillas and chimpanzees than less well-known ones like the waxy monkey frog, scientists say. Globally, fish and birds outnumber mammals, reptiles and amphibians in zoos — but the study says mammals are consistently the main focus of research on zoo-housed animals. This “mammal bias” also exists in wider research, including in the wild, but lead author Dr Paul Rose, of the University of Exeter, says zoos offer wonderful opportunities to study other species: here.

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  1. Pingback: White-crested laughingthrush video | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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