Sunday, May 18, 2008

Time for Waxworms

I'm in Richmond VA now, one of two insect 'chefs' engaged in a gentle version of Iron Chef. My competitor is David George Gordon, well-known entomophagist and author of [among other works] the Eat-A-Bug Cookbook. We'll see how I'll do against him; I MUST post coverage of this event in a prompt fashion, and that will include images of our dishes.

The crucial part of this to note is that I'll be working with waxworms (Galleria mellonella). Various people had told me how good they are, but between the crickets and the exotic items I get in, I hadn't made time for waxworms. Now that I have, though, there's no looking back.

As usual, they're not worms but larvae -- caterpillars, in fact, and their adult form is a small, nondescript moth. The name comes from the fact that the caterpillars consume beeswax! They're a pest for beekeepers, but a real treat for frogs, lizards, and people.


Mark Weaver said...

I returned recently from the opening of the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans. I tried 4 or 5 batter fried dragonflies that tasted splendid. This is special since dragonflies are my favorite insect.

With crustaceans it seems we do not eat the head - not a problem with insects?

belle said...

Hi Dave. I came across your site after searching through whatsthatbug for a massive boring beetle I found in my house last night. While I'm terrified of bugs...eating them sounds interesting to me. On the topic of waxworms... I have nine lizards and they ADORE THEM. They don't simply wolf them down like the other insects I have fed them; they take care in eating them and seem to savor the taste! If I could only muster up the courage to TOUCH them instead of using giant tongs.......