why not Chondracris rosea?

This species has some mean hind legs but the abdomen can be seen s nothing less than a gren shrimp. Never tried eating them, but seem to find fairly little on the topic. Considering their wide distribution and size Im wondering.if there might be a reason.


  • In Assam forest districts (Baksa, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Sonitpur, Dhemaji, Udalguri) the Bodos tribe traditionally consume adults of Chondracris rosea eaten fried or smoked & the wings are thrown (wild harvest period= May - Sept.). See good color picture in figure #11of page 318 in original (2015) "A study on the prevalence of entomophagy among the Bodos of Assam"; originally published in Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies authored by Narzari & Sarmah (Dpt.Biotechnology,Bodoland University, Kokrajhar,-783 370, Assam if wish to contact); free full link = http://www.entomoljournal.com/vol3Issue2/pdf/3-3-5.1.pdf

  • Great thanks, appreciate the link. But I wonder if more analysis has been done on their nutrition and/or toxicity, aside from the obvious pesticide and related risks. I can understand the mass study in things that are already commercialised like mealworms and crickets, live stock feeds like soldier flies, earthworms etc but so far I have not seen a lot of research done on species that are purely more aesthetically pleasing to western culture diets. For example, C. rosea although a bug has an abdomen that somewhat resembles that of a shrimp or prawn, just green. I could easily see these being packed into small plastic trays wrapped in ceran wrap just like a pack of prawns in a western supermarket. My thinking is these types of bugs (ones resembling "normal western food" would be prime candidates as potential market breakers to get bugs into the mainstream. I like the ideal of bug meal made into balls and sausages etc, out of sight out of mind kind of marketing, buy wouldn't appealing whole/reduced processing be the ultimate goal? I tried keeping some large C. rosea and got them to lay eggs, but have yet to get past that. I was also thinking the grasshopper group might be more beneficial as they are avid grass eaters, rather than wasting.more inefficient foods like fruits/veg, grains etc. Grasses are very efficient and sustainable as a plant but not Much eats them, so I was wondering if people were looking into and crunching numbers on these?

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