Do copperheads eat cicadas? It’s not a myth!

On a warm and dark summer night, cicadas emerging from their year-long underground foraging run straight into the mouths of hungry copperheads. Yes, copperheads – one of the three most common venomous snakes along the Gulf Coast.

Invasion of the Cicadas

Thankfully the large numbers of cicadas aren’t coming to the Gulf Coast. The only thing we get here is the annual or “dog-day cicadas,” called that because of their emergence every year during the dog days of summer, although all cicadas, whether Brood or Dog-day, emerge in the summer.

The march of the cicada killers

Cicadas are emerging from their almost two-decade sleep and cicada killers will not be far behind. Compared to most insects in North America, the cicada killer is gigantic. The body can be two inches long, and the extended wingspan three to four inches long. It can be terrifying as it zips around the yard, dipping this way and that, looking for its prey, strongly resembling a giant, angry hornet.