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A large grasshopper/locust-type insect, of the Cicadidae family, with transparent wings, the male makes a loud, shrill, chirping sound by vibrating membranes in resonating cavities in their abdomen. One variety te Cicadetta montana, can be found in the New Forest, in Hampshire.
Cicadas were prized as food by the Ancient Greeks. Aristotle wrote in his "History of Animals" that cicada nymphs tasted best when they first came out of the ground, before they shed their skins. He also liked the the taste of adult males, and of females big with eggs.
Greek historiansrefer to grassopper eaters (Acridophagi) living in what is now Ethiophia. Ethiopians still eat grasshoppers and sometimes, because they neglect to remove the legs and wings, suffer severe intestinal obstructions.
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