Entomophagy

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Women selling cooked beetles in Zimbabwe.
Deep fried insects sold at food stall in Bangkok, Thailand.

Entomophagy is a term of Ancient Greek origins, and means using insects as a source of food. It can be found in insects that eat other insects, birds, amphibians and mammals. Non-human animals that feed on insects are known as insectivores.

The term also describes human insect-eating, which can be found in parts of North, Central and South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. Insect-eating is uncommon, or even taboo in some societies.[1][2][3][4]

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  1. Weiss, M.L., & Mann, A.E. (1985). Human Biology and Behaviour: An Anthropological Perspective. Boston: Little Brown & Co. ISBN 0-673-39013-6.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. McElroy, A., & Townsend, P.K. (1989). Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspective. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press. ISBN 0-8133-0742-2.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. Saggers, S., & Gray, D. (1991). Aboriginal Health & Society: The Traditional and Contemporary Aboriginal Struggle for Better Health. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86373-057-5.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. Gordon, David George (1998). The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook. Berkely, California: Ten Speed Press. ISBN 0-898-159-776.