A Yard Filled With Dog Treats!

Talk about lucky dogs! If you live on the East Coast of the US, you certainly are!

Why? The cicadas have come!


This is a cicada that was in our yard in Tennessee
This is a cicada that was in our yard in Tennessee

I LOVE cicadas! When we had them in our yard, Jen had to keep an eye on me so I wouldn’t stuff myself silly. DeDe didn’t seem to care for them. I didn’t mind- that was more for me!

Cicadas are high in protein, low in fat, low in carbohydrates and gluten-free.

Are they safe for dogs to eat? Yes! However, if you think they’ve been contaminated with pesticides, you shouldn’t let your dog eat them.

Cicadas can be a choking hazard, so be sure to closely supervise your dog when outside.

Don’t let your dog eat too many at one time, because it can cause stomach upset.

And don’t eat cicadas if you have a shellfish allergy!

taken by Kevin Ambrose and published in The Washington Post
taken by Kevin Ambrose and published in The Washington Post

Some humans capture and freeze cicadas so their dogs can have treats for a long time to come! Yum!

And some daring humans enjoy them too. Want to try cicadas? National Geographic published a recipe for Candied Cicadas.

Bon Appetit!



Everything You Need to Know About the Cicada Swarm (Popular Mechanics)

Cicadas Are Treat for Dogs (Columbia Daily Tribune)

Don’t let your pet (or yourself) eat cicadas if you have shellfish allergies (Star Exponent)

79 thoughts on “A Yard Filled With Dog Treats!

  1. The swarm of cicadas awakening have been news here too! They’re absolutely fascinating creatures!! But we didn’t know just how tasty they are to woofies! LOL! Enjoy! Take care

  2. Yikes! Mostly right now we HEAR them all around us – in the woods especially – but we’ve seen very few (so far!). Yesterday Mom saw one on a tree but really so far so good. I didn’t know they could be chomped on though! They’re too big for me but you enjoy your “All You Can Eat Cicada Buffet” Rumpy!!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  3. Wow! I did not know that us dogs ate that kind of thing. We don’t have them here, so I won’t be tasting any but that sure is interesting. We would think cats might eat them but not dogs.

  4. Oh no! Didn’t know that Cicadas would be great dog treats!!!! I’ve never eat them….but in Japan, some people who mostly elder eat Grasshopoer or Locust cooked in soy sauce!!!!! Yuck! In our family nobody eat them though….You eat them while they’re alive?

  5. I would try a cicadas-salad – maybe mom would try it too – it sounds like the perfect food for a diet :o) Mom likes the cicadas bands when they “play” the whole night :o)

  6. Have you ever tried June bugs? Talbot, the Golden Retriever who preceded me, loved June bugs. Apparently they are tasty and crunchy and conveniently right outside the door!

  7. Good information sweet Rumpy. Enjoy your feast while it lasts. We know you will not be allowed to over-do. Chancy would never eat them he was afraid of them the year they were in our area. Hugs and nose kisses

  8. Cicadas are such Cool Drool thingys… we love the sound the males make. did you know that HERE we say from the first time you hear a cicada… it will be 8 WEEKS until the first FROST???
    Our MOM’s Brother made Batter and Deep Fried them one year… MOM did not eat any…
    BUTT I (Frankie Furter) caught and ate one RAW once… DELICIOUS.

  9. We just watched Cicadias and Invaders 2013 on Nat Geo. It was very interesting. I’m glad we don’t really get them here because Blue would eat tons!

  10. I’ll try them if I get the chance…but Mom says the sounds they make creep her out so I may not get to try them 😦
    I’ve never met a food I don’t like – so I bet I’d love these!
    Lil ~ the always hungry Labrador πŸ˜‰

  11. Lol… hope you enjoy your snacks Rumpy! I wonder if they carry parasites? I know dogs can get some things from eating crickets or roaches but have never heard anything about cicadas before.

  12. Interesting, I never thought of cicadas as dog treats. I used to have a dog that loved the junebugs, but Maya & Pierson don’t care too much for eating bugs… catching, yes; eating, no.

  13. I hate them they give me the creeps. Last time we had the was with Tyler and he wasn’t interested. He didn’t even taste one. Glad we don’t have them, have no idea what Newfs would do.

    1. How odd the difference. DeDe didn’t eat them, but I would eat them until Jen made me stop! What was so funny about that is that DeDe is NOT the finicky eater…. I am!

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