In certain cultures around the world, creatures like beetles, stink bugs, and grubs are not seen as pests, but as food items. In places where protein sources are rare, they are a vital part of the diet. These creatures are quite eco-friendly as food. They consume relatively little, and do not require grazing land or antibiotics. Perhaps these crawling, wiggling animals will have a role to play in a greener future.
Beetles are fried or roasted and are said to taste like scallops. They are a cheap treat, where they are readily available in the wild and are whole, with shells and all.
Witchetty grubs are traditional food that will turn into a moth if not eaten first. They are eaten raw or cooked in the ashes of a fire.
Mosquito eggs are sold in local markets. They are dried and roasted and eaten wrapped in tortillas or with a squeeze of lime or lemon.
Termites are a popular protein source. They grow up to three inches in size. The are eaten raw and have a high amount of calories for their size. Mopani, a catepillar is eaten after being dried or fried.