Ten-year-old Markus Gokan has mixed feelings about the cicadas scattered around the yards and sidewalks of Summit, N.J.
"There's tons of them just squashed, just these flat, pancake cicadas that don't look very appetizing," Gokan says.
Yet he's not afraid to touch and handle un-squashed cicadas — to serve a higher purpose.
"I did pick up a few, and I threw them at some people I don't like," he explains.
They screamed, he says, so for him his mission was successful.