Entomology (Study of Bugs)/box elder bug


Mike wrote at 2009-03-20 19:10:49
We have lots of box elder bugs in our house.  I put a couple on top of a hot wood stove until they were nicely browned and I tasted them....quite good.  I assume they have no poisons in them, but I have no idea really.

nwforager wrote at 2009-09-10 17:32:44
I was wondering the same thing. 'if you can't beat em, Eat em.' eh?  Like dandelions .  I you handle them you may notice they excrete a strong odor,which can indicate foul taste but seldom deadly poison .You tube has a bunch of vids of folks eating/cooking stink bugs which probably excrete something similar yet stronger than boxelder bugs.

Try a tiny portion and wait a few hours. If you're not ill ,go for it.  You're braver than I.

Mike wrote at 2013-09-30 00:14:12
I had one drop on our wood stove and get crispy, so I decided to eat it.  It reminded me of fried chicken fat.  Kinda yummy.

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