Edible Insects

Beetles -
The most commonly eaten beetles are the long-horned, june, dung, and rhinoceros varieties.


Butterflies and Moths -


Bees and Wasps -


Ants -
Ants and ant larvae are consumed regularly around the world. The ants have a tangy flavor because they secrete an acid when threatened.


Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Locusts -


Flies and Mosquitoes -


Water Boatmen and Backswimmers -



Stinkbugs -


Ok, slugs and snails are actually mollusks, not insects, but their similar enough to bugs to include them here.

Slugs And Snails -
Note that we're referring to fresh water land slugs and snails here - not salt water ones. Look for slugs and snails wherever it's dark and damp. Slugs and snails can carry a dangerous parasite that's killed by heat, so always cook them thoroughly(although I doubt anyone would want to eat them raw!).

Because slugs and snails do sometimes dine on questionable things like animal droppings and toxic plants and mushrooms, it's a good idea to give slugs a few days in a container with some bran, corn meal, oats or another bland starch before eating them. For snails, giving them vegetables such as cabbage leaves for a few days will clean them out.

To prepare them immediately:
For slugs - cut off their heads and squeeze out their innards.
For snails - steam them, remove them from their shells, cut them open and scrape out the insides.

Once they're cleaned you can steam them, and then saute them or use them however you wish.


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