The suspicious buzzing of the dog’s mouth turns out to be a cicada
Those who haven’t appreciated the presence of so many cicadas this summer may want to look away, as a viral video showed the moments after a dog captured one in its mouth – a skin buzz and all.
Dog owner and TikTok user @ sassafras_007 posted a clip of her dog Levy standing calmly three days ago, but a suspicious buzz made it clear that he was up to the task.
“What do you have?” she asked, approaching him. “Why is your mouth making that noise?” She added. The noise of the hum is inevitable.
Levy looked away sheepishly, sometimes glancing at his owner with a guilty look on his face. After several attempts, she managed to get her to open her mouth and release the cause of the buzzing – a large cicada, which fell to the ground.
The cicadas themselves are seen in places every year, some species emerge every year, but this year has seen a huge increase. Magicicadas are a North American genus of bedbugs, which emerge from the basement at intervals of 13 or 17 years, depending on various factors.
This summer, the Brood 10 colony emerged after a 17-year hibernation, and they did so in the trillions. The insects crawled from mid-May to June and have a lifespan of four to six weeks above the ground. During this time, they mate – whose noise can reach 100 decibels – and lay their eggs before finally dying, renewing the cycle.
The video, which has garnered nearly 3 million views, can also be viewed in its entirety here.
Cicadas may not be pleasant to many, but they are actually edible for humans and this year has seen a huge influx of available cicada treats like chocolate and pizza.
Insects are also edible for dogs, luckily for Levy who seems to catch them regularly in his mouth. @ Sassafras_007’s TikTok account shows a total of three videos in which he is ordered to drop a bug out of his mouth.
Although cicadas are neither poisonous nor poisonous to dogs, the American Kennel Club does not advise them to snack on them regularly. Insect exoskeleton shells can be difficult for dogs to digest and can irritate the stomach lining, leading to inflammation and upset stomach.
If a dog has shellfish allergies, cicadas can also trigger a similar reaction, as the two are biologically similar.
With that in mind, the owner’s initiative to demand Levy drop the bug was the right one, but the whole saga has been an entertaining video.
“I love how guilty he looks,” one user wrote.
“I am in tears,” added another. “When her mouth opens and the scream intensifies.”