In many cultures, insects are delicacies. Mostly people are eating beetles (Coleoptera) and caterpillars (Lepidoptera). People also eat bees, wasps and ants (Hymenoptera), cicadas (Hemiptera), locusts and crickets (Orthoptera), dragonflies (Odonata) and flies (Diptera).
Eating insects is called entomophagy. Those of us who feel disgusted at the thought of it should think again, says Khalil A. Cassimally at Scitable. He explains why he believes that entomophagy is the future of food.
Here’s an article from Auntie Beeb about entomophagy. Some edible insects are harvested from their wild populations (foraging). Others can be farmed (entomoculture).
I’m now wondering whether I’ll write a series of entomofoodie posts for this blog. ‘Edible Insect of the Month’ could be interesting, couldn’t it? Or ‘Insect Bite of the Month.’ You could tell me which edible insects are available where you live and how that changes with the seasons.