× This is an archived campaign website. Please do not use the forms and direct all enquiries regarding BUGS the film to Rosforth Films

A gnarly-looking delicacy from South Africa

Our ‘Bug of the Week’ is the mopane worm – a caterpillar that becomes an Emperor Moth and feeds on the leaves of the African mopane tree. It’s a prized food in many southern African states and is eaten dried or stewed.

We’ve had a look at a couple of videos that explain more about these gnarly-looking worms and their uses as a staple food.

In this news report, chef Lwazi Thsabela talks to Press TV as he cooks mopane caterpillars in a deep pan. “I start by boiling them about five minutes. When they’re crispy, I mix them with my sauce.”

His customer is served the dish: mopane worms in tomato sauce. “They’re so so tasty and healthy,” she says. “I expected to taste the insides but there’s none of that, you just get the skin and the taste of that – no aftertaste, it’s just a beautiful taste.”

In this video, a chef in South Africa demonstrates how to rehydrate, cook and serve mopane worms. “This is a dish containing nearly every nutrient you need,” she explains. “A meal for the whole family, ready to be served with pap or sazda [cornmeal porridge].”

More on Mopane caterpillars Southern Africa Native Cultures

The Very Hungry Mopane Caterpillar

Much like Eric Carle’s famous children’s character, this is a very hungry caterpillar. It feeds voraciously on mopane leaves, becoming fabulously fat and protein-rich as it goes. More →

More on Mopane caterpillars

Fact check: Are insects better for you than meat?

There’s a big hype around edible insects: low in fat and high in nutrients, they're going to revolutionise food on a global scale! Is it true? BUGSfeed went fact–finding. More →

More on Southern Africa

Talking about 'eating insects'

Everyone is talking about 'eating insects'. But what does that actually mean and include? A recent paper raises new questions around 'entomophagy'. More →

More on Video

BUGS emerging from the cocoon as video-on-demand

You can now watch BUGS online, right on our BUGSfeed platform. More →

More on Video

Uganda: No stings attached – the most delicious honey

“Like squeezing honey out of mud! Like magic mud!” The African Stingless Bee in a clip from BUGS the film, currently in cinemas in Denmark and other Nordic countries. More →

Be the first to comment

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.