Insects, the breakfast of champions!
Today, my friend was eating a salad fresh from a local organic eatery when she noticed a lady bug emerge from beneath the leafy greens. Either this little red and black spotted insect managed to escape the vigorous washing of lettuce that ultimately happened earlier in the day or it landed in her salad without her noticing while we sat outside to eat. It dawned on me, not for the first time, I might add–that bugs are everywhere! It is no surprise this lady bug happened to be mixed among the lettuce because lady bugs and other insects alike are an essential tool for gardens around the world. Not only are they a great aid in pest control, the insects themselves are a delicacy around the world.
Among the many displays and in the exhibits found at the Butterfly Pavilion there is one specifically about entomophagy- the phenomenon of eating insects as food. You can learn about entomophagy in Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders, which covers an array of interesting facts about the bugs we knowingly and unknowingly consume each day. Apparently they are a nice addition to any diet.
In a recent bonding experience with the other interns in the office, I got the chance to experience entomophagy first hand. We had the opportunity to try an assortment of chocolate covered mealworms, sour cream and chive crickets and scorpion suckers. I chose the chocolate covered mealworm in hopes that the chocolate would distract me from what I was actually consuming. The crunchy coated insect went down with ease, but left unexpected bits floating around in my mouth. The taste wasn’t too bad, I think it just takes getting over what you are actually consuming in order to consider eating insects as a part of a well balanced diet. It was an interesting experience to say the least. Whether I ate the insect for bragging rights or because I had a real interest in what I was eating is still a mystery, but all I can say is “come on down to the Butterfly Pavilion and try one for yourself!”
Posted by Tiffani Worthley
Public Relations Intern