I like experiencing different cultures. When I'm travelling I try to be part of the culture. It means I try to meet local people and make friends, as well as understanding the customs and the culture.

Part of the culture is the food. I would like to know where I can find insects to eat, like spiders, as traditional dishes?

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    Almost every country in the world has insects to eat - even reserved countries like NZ, Aus, Canada, US I've seen spiders, crickets, locusts, grubs and more. This is way too broad IMHO.
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 0:56
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    @MarkMayo I think the OP is asking about which cultures are known to have insects as part of their cuisine, in which the OP wishes to try said cuisines. Not literally which countries have insects that are edible Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 2:02
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    @EdmundYeung99 sure, but off the top of my head - NZ has huhu grubs, Aus has witchity grubs, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand have spiders, crickets and more, I've had bugs in Canada and US, and UK....and South Africa...and Morocco....so it's still fairly broad...
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 2:29
  • @MarkMayo totally agree, but the OP has narrowed it down by listing 3 specific insects, granted that list could still be quite large. Would you recommend 3 different questions, one for each insect? Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 2:35
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    Spiders aren´t insects.
    – deviantfan
    Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 5:09

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Deep-fried tarantulas are a specialty of Skuon, Cambodia:

enter image description here "Skun spiders closeup" by A. www.viajar24h.com - Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

How "traditional" this is is disputed: apparently this dish came to be out of necessity during the Khmer Rouge years, and has lived on as a novelty. They're not regularly eaten anywhere in Cambodia (or the world) that I know of.


You can eat ants in Colombia.

You can eat a whole bunch of different types of creepy crawlies in Thailand.

You can eat locusts in much of southern Africa.

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    And Australia (wichity grubs), NZ (huhu grubs), just about every country on earth. This is way too broad a question :/
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 0:55
  • you can eat ants anywhere in the world? or do Colombian ants have something extra added as seasoning? Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 2:04
  • I take that comment back, apparently Hormigas Culonas is a thing in Colombia :) Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 2:08
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    Indeed, Edmund. :) keep in mind that you can pretty much eat anything anywhere. But not everywhere is everything considered a delicacy.
    – MastaBaba
    Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 22:25

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