Edible Insects


How Can You Tell If Insects Are Edible And Are They Good For You?

There are some insects that are good to eat. However there are also some insects that could make you very sick  or hurt you if you were to eat them.  So in this post I am going to give you some general guidelines for how to identify if an insect is a good candidate to add to your diet in a survival situation. Then at the end of the article I will also post an infographic that talks about some of the nutritional benefits as well.

Note: All of these rules are generalizations and many of them have exceptions to the guidelines so if possible you should positively know the insect and if it is edible or not before you eat it.  But if you do not and you are forced to have to eat insects these guidelines will help you narrow down your selection and hopefully help you to avoid potentially harmful choices.

Migratory locust sits on ambrosia. Orthoptera Insect, pest fields.

Characteristics Of Insects That Are Generally Edible:

  1. Six legs or less
  2. Subdued or earth tone colors (including white and black)
  3. Insect larvae
  4. Aquatic insects (as long as they do not have any of negative characteristics)
  5. No strong or pungent smells

Two firebugs mating and walking backwards. Spring nature fire bug red insects macro.

Characteristics of Insects To Avoid:

  1. Brightly Colored
  2. More than 6 legs
  3. Hairy or Fuzzy
  4. Insects that bite or sting (though many are edible)
  5. Parasites that carry disease – Mosquitoes, Flies, Ticks
  6. Strong bad pungent odors

List Of 15 Commonly Edible And Easily Identifiable Insects

  1. Common Black Ants
  2. Earth Worms
  3. Grasshoppers
  4. Cicadas
  5. Grubs
  6. Most All Insect Larvae
  7. Termites
  8. Cockroaches
  9. Crickets
  10. Dragonflies
  11. Mayflies
  12. June Bugs
  13. Katydids
  14. Locusts
  15. Mealworms


How To Prepare Insects To Eat In A Survival Situation:

Although many insects can be eaten raw in most situations it can be beneficial to cook them if possible. Cooking them can make them more palatable and can help to kill off any potentially harmful parasites or bacteria that the insect could be carrying.  You should also remove any barbed legs, hard carapaces, hard beady heads, wings, and antenna.  Of course if they have a stinger (bees, hornets and wasps are edible) make sure to remove the stingers prior to eating as well.

Close up of honeybee resting on ground. Beautiful insect macro.

Here Is Some Additional Nutritional Information About Eating Insects

Source: Fix.com Blog


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