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June 27, 2015

What eats cicadas?

Filed under: FAQs | Massospora — Dan @ 1:32 pm

What eats cicadas? A better question is: what doesn’t eat cicadas?

Pretty much every creature with a mouth will eat a cicada, given the chance. Even organisms without mouths like fungi will consume cicadas.

People, pets, rodents, marsupials, reptiles, birds, fish, insects, arachnids — virtually any creature will eat them.

Some insects are known for specifically preying on cicadas, for example, Cicada Killer Wasps are well known for capturing cicadas for their larvae to eat them.

What eats them when they’re underground? When they’re underground they’re often eaten by moles and other furry insectivores, but enough of them escape the moles for the species to survive.

Read are cicadas safe to eat if you’re planning a cicada buffet.

5 Comments »

  1. Sally says:

    Today I found 2 areas close to each other of hundreds of cicada wings. It looks like maybe some animal had a feast and left the wings. Would that be right?

    1. Dan says:

      Sounds like it. Probably birds.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    do rabbits eat cicadas?

    1. Dan says:

      Probably not because they’re vegetarians. Maybe accidentally.

  3. Katherine Welch says:

    I would love to send you a picture of one that landed on our porch. I think it’s dying.

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