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Table 5 Inventory of edible Coleoptera

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
Sternocera sp. Buprestidae Jewel beetle Togum (G) Jorjo punyo (N) June-July Adult form is preferred. Boiled or smoked. Not consumed by Galo people
Oplatocera sp. Cerambycidae Long horned beetle Rigyo tapum (G) Sikse regret (N) June-July Adult form is preferred. Smoked, roasted or boiled. Wings and appendages are discarded. Preferred by old people; may cause hair loss in adults. Not consumed by Galo.
Aristobia sp. Cerambycidae Long horned beetle Anyo tapum (G) Sikse regre (N) June-Aug Adult form is preferred. Smoked, roasted or boiled. Wings are discarded Not consumed by Galo.
Batocera roylei Cerambycidae Long horned beetle Anyo tapum (G) Sikse regret (N) June-Aug Both larval and adult forms are taken. Smoked, roasted or boiled. Wings are discarded Not consumed by Galo.
Xylorhiza sp. Cerambycidae Long horned beetle Tani ane (G) Sikse regret (N) June-Sept Larval form is preferred. Boiled or fried.  
Monochamus versteegi Cerambycidae Long horned beetle Sikse regret (N) June-Sept Adult form is preferred. Smoked, roasted or boiled. Wings are discarded. Not consumed by Galo.
Unidentified Cerambycidae Long horned beetle Anyo tapum (G) Sikse regre (N) June-Aug Adult form is preferred. Smoked, roasted or boiled. Wings are discarded. Not consumed by Galo.
Unidentified Cerambycidae Long horned beetle Anyo tapum (G) Sikse regre (N) June-Aug Adult form is preferred. Smoked, roasted or boiled. Wings are discarded. Not consumed by Galo.
Dorcus sp. Lucanidae Stag beetle Tonge lote (Male) (G) Tapu yagar nya (Male) (N) Aug-Sept Both larval and adult stages are preferred. Roasted, boiled or paste (chutney) preferred with alcohol. If consumed as adults, antennae and appendages removed. Stem borer remains inside the bamboo shoot. Both adult and larvae are consumed.
Prosopocoilus sp. Lucanidae Stag beetle Tonge ane (Female) (G) Tapu yagar nya (Male) (N) July-Sept Both larval and adult form are consumed. Larval stage is highly preferred because of high amount of fat content and its taste.. Adults are roasted and culminated with shoots of bamboo for intake, antennae and appendages are discarded. _
Odontolabis gazella Lucanidae Stag beetle Tonge (G) Tapu yagar nya (Male) (N) July-Sept Both larval and adult form are consumed. Larvae are fried slightly in oil and are added to boiled vegetables. It can be directly boiled with certain leafy vegetables. The larvae are rich in fat content. Appendages and antennae are discarded when adult is preferred. Pest of bamboo, found inside bamboo shoot; can lead to death of whole bamboo plant
Odontotaenius sp. Passalidae Bess beetle Esi nonge (G) Tapu yagar nym (N) June-Aug Both larval and adult form are consumed though larvae is preferred mostly than adult Roasted, smoked or boiled with vegetables (oiik). If boiled or fried wings are discarded. In between ark and wood of tree.
Polyphylla sp. (or related genus) Scarabaeidae Scarab beetle Tonge (G) Tapu yagar nym (Female) (N) June-Aug Both larval and adult forms are consumed though larvae is preferred than adult. Roasted. Antennae and appendages are discarded. Pest of orange tree.
Xylotrupes gideon Scarabaeidae Rhinoceros beetle Tonge (G) Tapu yagar nym (Male) (N) May-July Adult forms are preferred. Roasted, boiled --
Catharsius sp. Scarabaeidae Cow dung beetle Apo hunik (G) Ering dochu(N) June-Aug Adult forms are preferred. Wet paste is made and given to children during diarrhea. Body cover is discarded. Not consumed by Nyishi people.
Allomyrina dichotoma Scarabaeidae Japanese rhinoceros beetle Tapum (G) Rukching pungi (N) June-Aug Adult forms are preferred. Boiled, roasted and steamed for further use. Appendages are discarded. Found on rotting bark amongst leaf litter on the ground.
Lepidiota sp. Scarabaeidae Christmas beetle Apu nine (G) Tapu yagar nym (Female) (N) Aug-Sept Adult forms are preferred. Boiled or smoked. Not consumed by Galo.
Anomala sp. Scarabaeidae Scarab beetle Apu nine (G) Tapu yagar nym (Female) (N) Aug-Sept Adult forms are preferred. Roasted or boiled. Not consumed by Galo.
Propomacrus sp. Scarabaeidae Scarab beetle Sig re rigre (N) June-Sept Adult forms are preferred. Smoked, roasted or boiled. Wings are discarded. Not consumed by Galo.
Unidentified Scarabaeidae May chafer Hi tayabo (G) Jorjo punyo (N) June-Aug Adult forms are preferred. Smoked, boiled and roasted for culinary paste. If taken in boiled form wings are discarded. Less preferred.
Unidentified Scarabaeidae Scarab beetle Apu nine (G) Tapu yagar nym(Female) (N) Aug-Sept Adult forms are preferred. Smoked or boiled. Wings and appendages are discarded. Not consumed by Galo.
Unidentified    Eh pako (N) June-Sept Adult forms are preferred. Smoked, roasted or boiled. Wings are discarded. Found in bamboo plant. Not consumed by Galo.
Unidentified Scarabaeidae Chafer beetle Apo hunik (G) Jorjo punyo (N) June-Sept Adult forms are consumed. Smoked, boiled and roasted for culinary paste. If taken in boiled form wings are discarded, Found in large amounts, but less preferred.
Trictenotoma sp. Trictenotomidae Borer beetle Sig re rigre (N) June-Sept Adult forms are preferred. Smoked, roasted or boiled. Wings are discarded. Not consumed by Galo.