Farm to Trough: How House Flies Could Reduce Waste and Feed Livestock

house fly

As the global human population continues to rise, researchers are turning to the potential role insects might play in growing the global food supply. A new study from researchers at Cornell University points to the house fly (Musca domestica) as a viable source of a protein-rich food source—not for humans, but for livestock. As reported […]

Bugs Cafe: The Can’t-Miss Culinary Attraction in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Bugs Cafe, David Blouzard

By Laura Kraft This post is the fifth in the “Travel Bug” series by Laura Kraft, a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, who is chronicling her travels in Asia from an entomological perspective. See earlier posts from the series. Imagine a crispy, fried spring roll. It has that characteristic crunch on the outside, […]

Will Insects Be the Food of the Future? Find Out at ICE 2016


By Florence Dunkel At the 2016 International Congress of Entomology, which will be held September 25-30 in Orlando, Florida, there will be an amazing set of 28 speakers who will tackle not just one, but four complex issues that some call wicked problems. These speakers from nine countries (Brazil, Thailand, India, China, Japan, USA, England, […]

Video on How to Make Delicious Cockroach Tapioca

Food-grade cockroaches.

By Richard Levine This week I attented the joint annual meeting of the Entomological Society of Brazil and the Latin American Congress of Entomology in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil. One day I walked by a table that had snacks for the attendees, including bowls of what looked like rice, nuts, and insects. I could clearly see […]

Crickets Are Not a Free Lunch, Protein Conversion Rates May Be Overestimated


Some practitioners of entomophagy believe that raising insects for consumption by humans will help solve world hunger problems. Crickets and other insects, they say, are able to convert plant matter into protein more efficiently than animals such as cattle, pigs, or chicken. For example, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations states on […]

The Intricacies of Entomophagy According to Louis Sorkin


By Chris Patrick People eat insects in different ways. Some do it without hesitation or fear, the journey of the insect from hand to mouth swift and lacking fanfare, their mastication matter-of-fact. Others need a bit more egging-on, only relenting with enough peer pressure and encouragement. In March 2015, I attended the Annual Meeting of […]

A visit to Ohio State University’s Department of Entomology


By Richard Levine I’m in Columbus, Ohio for the annual meeting of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), and during some down-time was able to visit the Entomology Department at Ohio State University. I was a bit surprised to learn that a huge part of the department is actually located in Wooster, about 90 […]

Insects on the Thanksgiving Menu in New Orleans


Today at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans, insects are on the Thanksgiving menu. The feast, dubbed “Bug Appetit,” includes turkey with cornbread and mealworm stuffing, wax worm cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie with a crispy cricket topping. The text on their website says, “Get ready for a fun-filled Hoppy Thanksgiving at […]

Entomologists Talk about Eating Insects


In this video, entomologists at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America talk about their favorite insects to eat, and discuss ways of preparing them. The video was made by Justin Bredlau, Megan Ayers, and Jessica Bray.

Videos from Derek Woller at ECN and ESA Meetings


Derek Woller, a graduate student working in the Song Lab of Insect Systematics and Evolution at the University of Central Florida, made these videos in Austin, TX during the 2013 annual meetings of the Entomological Collections Network (ECN) and the Entomological Society of America (ESA). The ECN is a long-standing organization whose mission is to […]