oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Pentatomid bugs as human food

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



On the eastern slopes of the Drakensberg, in the Pilgrimsrest district of the eastern Transvaal, the Natives regard a certain large pentatomid bug as a great delicacy. Although the insect emits a very strong, characteristic"" stink-bug"" odour, it is in great demand, and it is eaten both raw and cooked. Once more one has to admire the abiding truth and wisdom of the old proverb de gustibus non est disputandum, but in this case it would be more appropriate to misquote it, with Malcolm Burr, as ""disgustibus"".

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