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How can I try insects?

Tempted? All the facts on how to find and eat insects is in this section, from foraging and cooking to restaurants and suppliers.

Keep an eye on our ‘Bug of the Week’ section where we’ll introduce a new insect each week, with tips and recipes to make your journey into entomophagy easier.

Know your bugs

It can be daunting to launch into a new area of food, but follow our 'Bug of the Week' feature here to learn which insects you can enjoy and how to do so. See all posts →

The multipurpose minilivestock: Stingless Bees get the UN excited

There are about 500 species of stingless bee, found across Australia, Brazil, Central America and Africa. These guys aren’t very big, and their sting is too small and ineffective to do any damage – instead, their defensive mechanisms against humans is to buzz around your ears and annoy you. Aw.  Dig deeper →

Never mind the fake worms – here's the real deal

When I was small we had a sacred plastic box layered with soil and sand. I would watch in wonderment as the fat worms wriggled down the side of the perspex, greedily digesting the soil and leaving hundreds of intricate lines through the sand, like a map of a river basin. I’ve no idea why we had an earthworm kit; perhaps just for the wonderment. Now though, earthworms have been added to the list of ‘potential new food’; an edible bug that is in theory at least very widely available. Possibly just a few feet away from you, burrowing away in the soil.  Dig deeper →

Prepare and cook them

Watch out for our ‘Bug of the Week’ feature for tips on how to source, prepare and cook different kinds of edible insect. See all posts →

Quiche Lorraine avec ver de terre

Searching for earthworm recipes is not the most fruitful enterprise. Turns out though, that if you use the French term – ‘avec ver de terre’ – you have slightly more success! And it sounds really fancy.  Dig deeper →

What to do with June Bugs?

After some extended experimentation with her team of chefs, Deliento founder Lucy Martin thinks she has the answer. The beetles have a “savoury, slightly salty taste,” she tells BUGSfeed, that goes perfectly with Parmesan – and thus the Parmajune Thin was created.  Dig deeper →

Find insects where you are

Foraging? Restaurants? Wholesale? All the top tips for finding insects See all posts →

Insect City Utopia: Inside the 'Cricket Reactor'

"It got really weird at one point", Jakub Dzamba admits. "When I was sort of... herding them." Dzamba, a Canadian researcher, is describing the point at which he realised the crickets in his experimental farm had personalities. Observing his bugs intensely and making notes on their preferences, the cricket farmer and PhD student noticed that some preferred their own space, while others would follow the herd. He figured out how to encourage the crickets to move somewhere, rather than manually picking them up to transfer. The realisation translates into significantly lower labour costs when farming on a big scale. It's these ingenious tweaks and ideas that give Dzamba's Cricket Reactor impressive results. While standard cricket farms (yes, there are a growing number in this booming industry) have a typical monthly yield of 1 pound of edible cricket per square foot, Dzamba says his model can produce 5 pounds. The initial countertop prototype has been developed into a much larger version, which can come pre-fabricated in a cargo container, or be modified to fit into whatever space you have free.  Dig deeper →

Wax for the worms gets you the best of bugs

Greater Wax Moths, or Galleria mellonella, are hardy moths whose larvae ('waxworms') eat beeswax and honey, resulting in a lightly sweet but mostly bland flavor, perfect for absorbing other flavors while cooking. Having traveled with their honeybee hosts, they are found practically all over the world.  Scientists theorize that exposure to a wide variety of predators during these travels may explain why wax moths have developed the world’s most extreme hearing. They recognize frequencies up to 300 kHz, while bat sounds are only believed to reach 212 kHz and humans can only hear 20 kHz at best.  Dig deeper →

Stores & restaurants offering edible insects

The ultimate BUGSfeed directory of stores and restaurants offering edible insects. List by type, country, insect, or product. Dig deeper →

Join an event or organise a tasting

Let's take this off the internet! Real-life opportunities to get involved in entomophagy are listed here - whether it be tastings, events or talks. If you know something that should be added to the list, just get in touch.  See all events →