Indonesian boy eating barbequed sago grubs

Indonesian boy eating barbequed sago grubs

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Caption: Eating sago grubs. Indonesian boy eating barbequed sago grubs (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) from a stick. These edible larvae of the sago beetle have a sweet bacon-like taste and are an essential source of fat. They live in rotting sago palm trees. The trees may be cut down to provide a habitat for the larvae. Beetles belong to the order Coleoptera. The eating of insects, entomophagy, occurs all over the world, and includes ants, moths and grasshoppers. Insects, along with arachnids such as spiders and scorpions, are good sources of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Photographed in Irian Jaya, Indonesia.

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