In ancient Greece the cicadas were emblems of
immortality and sometimes kept as pets.
The insect was represented in art such as jade carvings
during the Shang Dynasty (1766 BC) and the Han Dynasty(202BC-
During the Chou Dynasty cicada-shaped funeral jades
were used in religious ritual burials. The cicada funeral jade
was placed on the tongue of deceased (dead) people as it was
believed to bring about resurrection or reincarnation.
Cicada and their skins were used in China and Japan as a
form of medicine and a cure for ear-ache. Bronze artefacts
depicting cicadas have been found in China dating back to 1,700
The cicada is a popular insect used in the
Japanese carved pendants (toggles) known as netsuke.
Cicadas were eaten in Ancient Greece, China, North and South
America, Burma and Australia.
It isn't recommended to eat a cicada because of the mercury
concentration it could contain from being underground for a
long period of time. However the level of toxins would be
Cicada images appeared on Greek coins around 500 BC.
A mosaic in Pompeii depicts a cicada driving a carriage
pulled by a parrot.
In some Australian Aboriginal tribes cicadas are referred to
as Galang Galang.
The bee was considered the oldest emblem of the sovereigns
of France however the golden bees were infact cicadas.