Much as foodies in New Jersey look forward to the first ramps of spring or the arrival of blueberries in midsummer, Thais enjoy predaceous diving beetles in June and a feast of mole crickets and water beetles in December. Come March, it’s open season on cicadas…Rutgers University entomologist George Hamilton says the Chinese grill cicadas on sticks over charcoal like shish kebab, and while visiting Bangkok, his guide told him that the female of the species is more delicious than the male because they need more fat to generate eggs. "I tried very hard to find a street vendor who sells them," Hamilton says, "but I was never able to find them. I would have tried them."
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