Top Ten Arthropods You Won't Believe People Eat

Some arthropods may look disgusting/scary/etc to most people, but some of the most disgusting/scariest/etc-looking arthropods are actually edible! (and they MIGHT taste good!)
The Top Ten
1 Mosquito Spanish for "small fly," mosquitoes are insects that have been known to cause various diseases. A sample of diseases caused by mosquitoes: malaria, yellow fever, Chikungunya, West Nile virus, dengue fever, filariasis, Zika virus.

Mosquitoes are flies from the family Culicidae.

Ah, mosquitoes. The deadliest and most annoying animals ever. They seem really useless, but they actually have a use: keeping the ecosystem balance by being food for certain animals. Mosquitoes are food for certain animals, and surprisingly, we're one of those animals who eat mosquitoes! (Though we only eat their eggs, because adult mosquitoes, like you all know, carry disease) In Mexico, mosquito eggs are used for delicacy!

One of these flew into my sisters mouth. She ate it.

Wait, people can eat mosquitoes?

2 Tarantula Tarantulas comprise a group of large and often hairy arachnids belonging to the Theraphosidae family of spiders, of which approximately 900 species have been identified.

Tarantulas are spiders from the family Theraphosidae.

Just imagining people eating these hairy creatures already makes you feel disgusted, right? But really, people do eat tarantulas, believe it or not. They're eaten in Cambodia and Venezuela. It's said to taste like crab and nutty.

3 Fly

Flies are insects from the order Diptera.

Another really annoying and disgusting insect, but are actually used as delicacy (not the adults though, because they carry disease). The pupae of common house fly are said to taste "sorta like black pudding".

4 Cockroach Cockroaches (or roaches) are a paraphyletic group of insects belonging to Blattodea, containing all members of the group except termites. About 30 cockroach species out of 4,600 are associated with human habitats. Some species are well-known as pests. more.

Cockroaches are insects from the order Blattodea.

So, this really really really disgusting insect is edible? Well, surprisingly yes, but not the ones you see everyday. Cockroaches you see everyday carry lots of bacteria and viruses, but if a cockroach is bred under laboratory conditions (only fed with fresh fruits and vegetables), it can taste pretty good... and healthy too!

A big no for me.

5 Centipede Centipedes are arthropods belonging to the class Chilopoda of the subphylum Myriapoda. They are mainly carnivorous and they prey upon insects, spiders, small birds and rodents, and even other centipedes.

Centipedes are arthropods from the subphylum Myriapoda, class Chilopoda

Fried centipedes on sticks are eaten in China. Honestly, not that surprising, because Chinese people eat anything :P

The simple fact that people eat these things, makes me want to vomit!

6 Wasp

Wasps are insects from the order Hymenoptera that are neither a bee nor an ant

They're eaten in Japan. Both wasp larvae and adult wasps are edible. Wasp larvae are cooked in soy sauce and sugar, and are said to taste sweet and crunchy. Adult wasps are used to make wasp crackers

7 Scorpion

Scorpions are arachnids from the order Scorpiones

Scorpions are eaten in Thailand, Vietnam, and China. Similar thing to centipedes, they're fried on sticks

I've seen lollipops with dead scorpions stored inside of them—and you can EAT them.

8 Bee

Bees are insects from the order Hymenoptera, close relatives of wasps and ants

Bees are known for producing honey, which we eat, but the bees themselves are edible too. Adult bees are eaten in China as traditional medicine, and bee larvae are eaten in many countries throughout Asia, central and Southern Africa, South America, and West Indies

9 Ant

Many people worry when it comes to eating insects unintentionally. For a reassuring fact ants remain themselves as clean due to their sensitive antenneas and their way of grooming—though some may carry contaminants which can still be a concern. If you happen to accidentally eat an ant, consider it as a good source of protein.

Ants are insects from the order Hymenoptera, family Formicidae

Many different types of ants are eaten. Honeypot ants are eaten in Australia, leafcutter ants are eaten in South America, etc. They're said to taste sour, because ants emit acid when threatened

10 Dragonfly
The Contenders
11 Millipede Millipedes are a group of arthropods that are characterised by having two pairs of jointed legs on most body segments; they are known scientifically as the class Diplopoda, the name being derived from this feature.

Noo noo to big

12 Butterfly Butterflies are part of the class of insects in the order Lepidoptera, along with the moths. Adult butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight.
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