Top Ten Arthropods You Won't Believe People Eat

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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 Mosquito Spanish for "small fly," mosquitoes are flies 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! - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

2 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" - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

3 Tarantula 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 - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

4 Cockroach Cockroach

Yew. I don't wanna have roaches for my meal. - FlamingForever

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 virus, but if a cockroach is bred under laboratory conditions (only fed with fresh fruits and vegetables), it can taste pretty good...and healthy too! - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

5 Centipede Centipede Centipedes are arthropods belonging to the class Chilopoda of the subphylum Myriapoda. They are mainly carnivorous and they prey apron 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 - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

6 Wasp 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 - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

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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 - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

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10 Ant

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 - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

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