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Photos: Tasty Termites, Delicious Dragonflies, and 13 Other Edible Insects

What tastes like peanut butter? Or soft-shell crab? Or cinnamon? Why, grubs, scorpions, and stinkbugs, of course. Find out why insects are just another food group in most parts of the world.

By , Friday, Oct 21, 2011, 12:00 PM

Source Article: Photos: Tasty Termites, Delicious Dragonflies, and 13 Other Edible Insects

Cicada

Cicada aficionados boil or fry them up like shrimp.

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Tarantula

Tarantulas are eaten whole—gooey center and all—as street food in Cambodia.

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Palm Weevil

A palm weevil larva tastes like coconut when it's eaten raw or bacon when it's cooked.

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Ants

Red ants and their eggs are consumed in salads in Thailand.

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Termites

Termites taste like carrots when they're roasted over hot coals or fried in oil.

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grasshopper

Roasted and tossed with chile and lime, crunchy grasshoppers sit in piles at street stands in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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wasp larvae

In Japan, wasp larvae are cooked in soy sauce and sugar, and eaten as a crunchy snack.

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Caterpillar

After green slime is squeezed from its gut, the mopane worm is dried or smoked and served with sauce.

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Dragonflies

These giant dragonflies, found in Indonesia, taste similar to soft-shell crab.

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Ant Eggs

Ant eggs are often presented with a side of tortillas for the popular Mexican dish escamoles.

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Silkworm

The silkworm itself is an edible byproduct of the silk industry, as manufacturers only use the bugs' cocoons to make the cloth.

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Scorpions

Scorpions are scooped up alive and wriggling, skewered on a kebab, and deep-fried in oil.

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Stinkbug

In Mexico, stinkbugs are ground up with chiles for taco filling.

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Waterbugs

These massive waterbugs are commonly found in Bangkok street stalls.

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Huhu Grub

Huhu grubs are often eaten raw—and they taste like peanut butter!

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