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The world's most abundant creatures are the insects, whose known species outnumber all the other animals and the plants combined. Insects have been so successful in their fight for life that they are sometimes described as the human race's closest rivals for domination of the Earth. Entomologists, the scientists who study insects, have named almost 1,000,000 species--perhaps less than one third of the total number.

In many underdeveloped areas of the world grasshoppers, caterpillars, and other insects are necessary to humans as food. Insects are also important to humans as food for other animals. Freshwater fishes depend upon insects for food. Hundreds of species of birds would perish if there were no insects to eat.

From Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia 1998

Think you've never eaten a bug? Experts say we eat them all the time unintentionally. But did you know that as much as 80 percent of the human population are actually connoisseurs of insect food? Early Native Americans had a fondness for grasshoppers, insects that have been eaten in Africa since biblical times.

Many people in Southeast Asia consume giant waterbugs. These bugs, called "mangda" in Thai, are eaten directly or as a paste condiment in which to dip vegetables.

Want a new way to rid your home of termites? Eat 'em. They do in central Africa.

So have you worked up an appetite? Here are some simple insect recipes we've found. Let us know how they taste. And if you know of any new insect recipes you want your fellow netsurfers to try, e-mail them to: RecipeGirl@usHOTstuff.com and we'll post them here.


Bee Grubs in Coconut Cream (Mang Non Won)

 Marinate bee grubs, sliced onions and citrus leaves in coconut cream
 containing some pepper. Wrap in pieces of linen and steam. Serve as
 a topping for rice.	


Popcorn Crunch

Amount	Measure	Ingredient	Preparation Method
1/2	cup	butter	               melted
1/2	cup	honey	
3	quarts	popcorn     	       popped
1	cup	dry roasted insects    chopped

 Blend the butter and honey together in a saucepan and heat gently.
 Mix the popcorn with the insects and pour the butter-honey mixture
 over it. Mix well. Spread on a cookie sheet in a thin layer. Bake at
 350� 10 to 15 minutes, or until crisp. Break into bite-sized pieces. 
Notes:	Here's an easy treat to prepare and take to the drive-in 
        movie. The kids will love it.

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