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R. SHEPPARD found locusts in Morocco excellent, which HOLT confirms by his own experience. Raw they are pleasant to the taste, cooked they are delicious with no limits to improvements by their preparation. ERASMUS DARWIN guesses that cock-chafers are a delicious food, if properly cooked. In HOLT'S experience they are deli- cious. He recommends curried cock-chafers and also wasp-grubs. Those of ants were eaten by the 'Swiss Family Robinson'. According to DARWIN the caterpilars of hawkmoths as eaten by the Chinese are very palatable.
Of the ancient Greeks, the T. parthorum nov. sp. for that reported by PLINY as food of the Parthians, T. bennettii nov. sp. for the galang of N. S. Wales (vide BENNETT). The consumption of caterpillars (Lepidoptera) refers to observations in Africa and Australia, in addition to that of silkworms in China and the cossus of the Ancients. Finally, honey-bees, ants, termites and flies are discussed. HOPE concludes (p. 146) with another argument: 'I have little doubt, that insects may eventually afford us medicines more powerful than those of trees and herbs, and certainly less deleterious than those derived from minerals'.
On opening the envelope a very appetizing odour exhales, which disposes one favourably to taste the delicacy, which will be more appreciated than snails and will be declared one of the finest delicacies ev~r- tasted. The bulk of the following parts of the treatise concerns locusts, while other insect food, such as silkworm, termites, ants, etc. are also mentioned. SIMMONDS concludes: 'All nations do not participate with us in the neglect of insects as food. Not only savage nations indulge in these gastronomic dainties, but amongst the more civilised races those which were the cradle of refined civilisations have not scrupled to indulge in various insects as food'.