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Chef eating a witchetty grub

Chef eating a witchetty grub

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PETER MENZEL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PETER MENZEL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Eating witchetty grub. Chef eating a live witchetty grub. This is the larvae (caterpillar) of a cossid moth (Xyleutes leucomochla), the most common species of witchetty grub. The larvae live among the roots of witchetty bushes on which they feed. All larvae dug for food from these bushes are called witchetty grubs. After becoming pupae they rise to the surface and are easily caught. Adult moths are also eaten. The eating of insects, entomophagy, occurs all over the world, and includes ants, beetles and crickets. Insects, spiders and scorpions are good sources of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Photographed in Alice Springs in central Australia.

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