The word cicada (loosely pronounced ‘Chee-Car-Dah‘ while grinning broadly) has its roots in Latin and means ‘tree cricket’ but they’re actually related to froghoppers and the like. It may come as no surprise that people do eat them. Not in Spain (we don’t think) but places like Latin America and China where they are fried.
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Season: Nymphs emerge from May, adults present from July into November. Widespread and common over most of Europe, including the British Isles and to the far east, into Russia. It can also be found in the Mediterranean countries and as far south as Israel it has been recorded. The Speckled bush-cricket is also found in the Nearctic ecozone.
Crickets at Origen Farms in Spain. The insects are grown in breeding rooms at 30C and used in products for human consumption and animal feed. Photograph: Courtesy of Origen Farms
Crickets are relatively defenceless, soft-bodied insects. Most species are nocturnal and spend the day hidden in cracks, under bark, inside curling leaves, under stones or fallen logs, in leaf litter, or in the cracks in the ground that develop in dry weather.
A Cacophony of Cicadas in Spain. Elle Draper Wildlife. For a week or two now, the noise from these cicadas has surrounded Spain Buddy Heights… but it was not until today that we managed to get close enough to take a photo of one. These really are loud, although they go silent when you approach. Noisy fella!! ©Spain Buddy.
Dried crickets can be eaten as snacks, but the majority of them are shipped to the Netherlands to be turned into flour, which is then imported back to Spain. After being mixed with Mexican corn, the flour can be turned into tortillas and chips.
Wildlife Natural covers a large range of different species of insects mainly in the Alicante province of Spain. Bees, wasps, hoverflies, Butterflies and many species of flies, are just some of the insect images we have on the website for you to see.
The Orange-Winged Dropwing is an African species which over the last few years has begun to establish itself in Southern Spain. Adult length is 3.2-3.6 cm; wingspan 5.8 cm. The males are virtually all red, apart from black pterostigma, the blue-grey lower half of the eye, and the very large orange wing patches.
The only species found in the 3 counties is House-cricket Acheta domesticus. Pale fawn, with variable dark brown markings on head, thorax, hind thighs and wings.