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Table 2 Inventory of edible Orthoptera

From: Practices of entomophagy and entomotherapy by members of the Nyishi and Galo tribes, two ethnic groups of the state of Arunachal Pradesh (North-East India)

Scientific name Family English name Vernacular name (G = Galo; N = Nyishi) Seasonal availability Mode of intake Remark
Chondacris rosea Acrididae Short horned grasshopper Mirbo (G) Takam kamrak (N) Sept-Nov Adult stage is consumed boiled, fried, or as paste (chutney). Some insects are smoked for further use. Wings, appendages and lower portion of abdomen are discarded. Economically important, because of its taste and palatable size.
Heiroglyphus sp. Acrididae Short horned grasshopper Mirbo (G) Eshi tech takam (N) Sept-Dec Adult stage is consumed. Fried, used with boiled vegetables or paste (chutney) to take with local alcohol/beverage. Antennae and appendages are discarded. Highly esteemed by all age groups. Collected from paddy fields.
Diabolocanthops innotabilis Acrididae Clown grasshopper Ili konkam (G) Timi kamchi (N) Sept-Oct Adult stage is consumed. Fried and boiled or smoked. Antennae and wings are discarded. Moderately liked by all age groups.
Schistocerca sp. Acrididae locust Komak joba(G) Takam soik (N) Sept-Nov Adult stage is consumed. Fried and boiled with some leafy vegetables. Wings, antennae, appendages and lower portion of abdomen (supposed to contain intestinal parasite) are discarded. Esteemed by all age groups.
Leptysma sp. (American genus, but given as such by Zool Survey of India, Kolkata) Acrididae Short horned grasshopper Takam hilak (G) Takam pario tokcho (N) Aug-Oct Adult stage is consumed. Boiled, roasted and paste is made. Anal cirri and antennae are discarded. Esteemed by all age groups.
Brachytrypes sp. (African genus, but given as such by Zool Survey of India, Kolkata) Gryllidae Cricket Yarup (G) Takam Yarup (N) Sept-Nov Adult stage is consumed. Fried, used in boiled vegetables or as paste (chutney) to take with local alcohol. Antennae and limb appendages are discarded. Highly preferred by all age groups.
Tarbinskiellus orientalis Gryllidae Cricket Komdruk (G) May-Sept Adult stage is consumed. Fried or roasted. --
Gryllotalpa sp. Gryllotalpidae Mole cricket Yarup (G) Takam gajir (N) Sept-Dec Adult stage is consumed. Boiled, roasted and as paste. Nothing is discarded. This insect is also used as bait to catch fowl, bird, fishes, etc.
Unidentified Phaneropteridae Round headed katydid Kombuk (G) Atu rungne (N) Sept-Oct Adult stage is consumed. Fried, paste (chutney) is made and boiled. Antennae are discarded. A very sought after food insect; liked by everyone.
Schizodactylus monstrosus Schizodactylidae Sand cricket Nyanyir (G) Ayu pokung (N) May-July Adult stage is consumed fried or roasted. Not consumed by Nyishi people.
Conocephalus sp. Tettigoniidae Katydid Kombuk (G) Atu rungne (N) Sept-Oct Adult stage is consumed fried or as paste (chutney) and boiled. Antennae are discarded. A highly esteemed food insect for everyone.
Arachnacaris sp. Tettigoniidae Katydid Kombuk (G) Atu rugnu hoie (N) Sept-Oct Adult stage is consumed fried and boiled or roasted. Appendages and antennae are discarded. Preferred by children.
Microcentrum sp. (American genus, but given as such by Zool Survey of India, Kolkata) Tettigoniidae Katydid Abo ngomdir (G) Takam yash (N) Aug-Oct Adult stage is consumed. Boiled with vegetables. Wings are discarded. Consumed by all age groups, but no by Nyishi people.
Chloracris brullei Tettigoniidae Katydid Komle (G) Paie kamge (N) Sept-Oct Adult stage is consumed boiled or as paste. Wings and antennae are discarded. Consumed by all age groups.
Unidentified Tettigoniidae Katydid Mir apo (G) Kamar dodar (N) Sept-Oct Larval form is consumed. Paste is made along with dried bamboo shoot. Larvae are preferred to adults.
Unidentified Tettigoniidae Katydid Yan pedak (G) Atu rungne (N) Aug-Nov Adult stage is consumed boiled and roasted. Wings and appendages are discarded. Adults are preferred to larvae.
Unidentified    Kompe rene (G) Eshi tech takam (N) Aug-Oct Adult stage is consumed fried and boiled. Antennae to be discarded. Consumed by all age groups.