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A man got more than he bargained for when he picked up a takeaway at an Auckland McDonald's restaurant - a deep-fried cicada.

Devon Turei, a 25-year-old film production runner, ordered a combo at a McDonald's in Grey Lynn last Tuesday, and was about halfway through his meal when he discovered the insect.

"I looked down and there was a ginormous deep-fried cicada in my chips," he told The Sunday Star Times.

He took photographs back to the restaurant, and was given a refund.

"They had no explanation at all. They were just like `Oh my gosh'."

Mr Turei has been advised by Auckland District Health Board to put the cicada and fries in his freezer until tomorrow, when they will investigate.

McDonald's managing director Mark Hawthorne said the company was concerned by Mr Turei's claim, but as he had not yet returned the meal, they had not been able to fully investigate.