Insects as Food in Sub-Saharan Africa

  title={Insects as Food in Sub-Saharan Africa},
  author={Arnold van Huis},
  journal={International Journal of Tropical Insect Science},
  • A. van Huis
  • Published 2003
  • International Journal of Tropical Insect Science
Data on insects as food in sub-Saharan Africa were collected by reviewing the literature and conducting interviews in a number of African countries. A list of about 250 edible insect species from Africa was compiled. Of these, 78 percent are Lepidoptera (30%), Orthoptera (29%) and Coleoptera (19%), and 22 percent Isoptera, Homoptera, Hymenoptera, Heteroptera, Diptera and Odonota. Insects are rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, and a good source of iron and B-vitamins. Examples of insects… 

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