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

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Cicada aficionados boil or fry them up like shrimp.
A palm weevil larva tastes like coconut when it's eaten raw or bacon when it's cooked.
Red ants and their eggs are consumed in salads in Thailand.
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Termites taste like carrots when they're roasted over hot coals or fried in oil.
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Roasted and tossed with chile and lime, crunchy grasshoppers sit in piles at street stands in Oaxaca, Mexico.
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In Japan, wasp larvae are cooked in soy sauce and sugar, and eaten as a crunchy snack.
After green slime is squeezed from its gut, the mopane worm is dried or smoked and served with sauce.
These giant dragonflies, found in Indonesia, taste similar to soft-shell crab.
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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 are scooped up alive and wriggling, skewered on a kebab, and deep-fried in oil.
These massive waterbugs are commonly found in Bangkok street stalls.
Huhu grubs are often eaten raw—and they taste like peanut butter!

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.

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