Cicadas: a popular source of food in many countries

■ CICADAS are considered a great food source. They were eaten in Ancient Greece, as well as China, Malaysia, Burma, South America and the Congo for skewering, deep frying and stir frying.

■ Despite its sap-sucking mouthpart, it won't sting you.

■ Cicada legs have strong hooks which help them stay attached to trees and plants so be careful when handling them as they can scratch.

■ So prominent in Australia are cicadas that most of their common names were given to them by children.

■ Different species of cicadas have different songs.