by Anne Munier
As a food source, insects have an awful lot going for them. They are extremely nutritious, can be found just about everywhere, reproduce quickly, and- according to entomophagic enthusiasts (a.k.a. committed bug eaters)- they taste pretty darn good!
Two billion or so people in the world make insects a regular part of their diet. There are over 2,000 edible species; the most common ones are some kinds of beetles, caterpillars, bees, wasps, and ants. (Note: Never eat an insect that you don’t absolutely know to be edible -- not *all* species of beetle, caterpillar, bee, wasp and ant are necessarily safe to eat.)