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That's not a butterfly!

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I was checking on some pest issues in the Butterfly Exhibit when a keeper told me that the Zoo Teens had found a large insect and saved it for me to look at. It turned out to be a dogday cicada, which emerged after spending 3 years as a flightless larva in the soil, sucking on the roots of trees.

I picked up the cicada (which was toward the end of its life and acting quite sluggish) which attracted the attention of some young guests. Some of the kids were really interested, some were horrified. Adults reacted with mild disgust. Keep in mind that all of these people were in an exhibit where the goal was to see large insects. Most of them spent their time in the exhibit trying to coax these large insects to land on them. And yet this cicada--as large, colorful, and harmless as the butterflies--was met with revulsion. Sometimes people are really weird.

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lyonesse
Aug. 6th, 2014 06:21 pm (UTC)
could it be that the cicada is heavier? i like having butterflies on me, but heavy bugs feel weird somehow and not as nice.
badnoodles
Aug. 6th, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
It's the huge, beady eyes.

EYES.
kryptyd
Aug. 6th, 2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
My sister would be more scared of the butterflies. Yet she still goes in the butterfly house, and even has a tattoo of a butterfly. People are weird.
therealocelot
Aug. 7th, 2014 04:12 pm (UTC)
My 3 year old says, "It's so cute!"
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