Top Ten Arthropods You Won't Believe People EatSome 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
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.
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"
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
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!
Yew. I don't wanna have roaches for my meal.
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!
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
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.
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
Dragonflies are insects from the order Odonata, infraorder Anisoptera
Dragonflies are eaten in China and Indonesia. They can be boiled or fried, and they're said to taste like soft-shell crab
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
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