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Table 3 Inventory of edible Hemiptera

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
Lethocerus indicus Belostomidae Giant water bug Isi tari Round the year Boiled or fried as adult consumed --
Tibicen pruinosus (American species, but given as such by Zool Survey of India, Kolkata) Cicadidae Annual cicada Nyani (G) Laptung bargi (N) Apr-June Adult stage is consumed. Boiled or as paste. Wings are discarded. Diurnal singer; stops menstrual cycle if taken in larger quantities.
Cyclochila virens (Australian species, but given as such by Zool Survey of India, Kolkata) Cicadidae Greengrocer cicada Nyare tasi (G) May-Aug Adult stage is consumed. Roasted or as paste. Wings are discarded. Diurnal singer. Not consumed by Nyishi.
Euterphosia crowfooti Cicadidae Cicada Gopu goye (G) Yadung nengne (N) May-July Adult stage is consumed. Roasted or as paste. Wings are discarded. Diurnal singer.
Pycna repandar Cicadidae Cicada Gopu goye (G) Yato rugne (N) May-July Adult stage is consumed. Roasted or as paste. Wings are discarded Diurnal singer.
Aspongopus sp. Pentatomidae Stink bug Rishu (N) Rishu punyo (G) Dec - Feb Adult stage is consumed. Fried or boiled with vegetables. --
Alcaerrhynchus grandis (American species, but given as such by Zool Survey of India, Kolkata) Pentatomidae Stink bug Rishu (N) Rishu punyo (G) Dec - Feb Adult stage is consumed. Fried or boiled with vegetables. Not consumed by Galo people.
Tessaratoma quadrata Tessaratomidae Stink bug Tari (G) Agu chena rekok (N) Feb-Mar Adult stage is consumed. Raw or turned into chutney. Wings are discarded. Large insect; considerable knowledge is required to avoid poisonous mimic. Not consumed by Nyshi as the bug bites and may cause fever.
Halyomorpha picus Pentatomidae Stink bug Tari (G) Rishu (N) Nov-Feb Adult stage is consumed. Raw paste (chutney) is made. Head or in some cases abdomen is discarded.  
Aspongopus nepalensis Pentatomidae Stink bug Tari Gondhi bug/gondhipuk (G, N) Nov-Feb Adult stage is consumed. Part of abdomen is discarded to avoid pungent taste; raw or as chutney. Excessive consumption causes hallucination.
Nezara viridula Pentatomidae Stink bug Rishu (N) Rishu punyo (G) Dec - Feb Adult stage is consumed. Fried or boiled with vegetables. Not consumed by Galo people.
Unidentified Pentatomidae Stink bug Rishu (N) Dec - Feb Adult stage is consumed. Fried or raw paste is made. --
Dalader acuticosta Coreidae Plant bug Rishu (N) Rishu punyo (G) Dec - Feb Adult stage is consumed. Fried or raw paste is made. Causes burning sensation in body. Not consumed by Galo people.
Mictis tenebrosa Coreidae Plant bug Rishu (N) Rishu punyo (G) Dec - Feb Adult stage is consumed. Fried or raw paste is made. Not consumed by Galo people.
Antilochus coqueberti Pyrrhocoridae Red bug Rishu (N) Rishu punyo (G) Dec - Feb Adult stage is consumed. Fried or boiled with vegetables. Not consumed by Galo people.
Unidentified   Bug Rishu (N) Rishu punyo (G) Dec - Feb Adult stage is consumed. Fried or boiled with vegetables. Not consumed by Galo people.