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Table 2 Inventory of edible insects used by members of the Nocte tribe of Eastern Arunachal Pradesh

From: Comparative Survey of Entomophagy and Entomotherapeutic Practices in Six Tribes of Eastern Arunachal Pradesh (India)

Scientific name Order Family English name Vernacular name Seasonal availability Mode of intake Remarks
Unidentified Ephemeroptera   Mayfly Along/ Phin Sept- Nov Roasted  
Termes sp. Isoptera Termitidae Termite Akhun May- June Roasted with local edible leaves, wings discarded  
Odontotermes sp. Isoptera Odontotermitidae   Akhun May- June Roasted with local edible leaves, wings discarded  
Unidentified Odonata Gomphidae Odonate larvae of dragonfly Moogi Sept - Oct Roasted with local edible leaves  
Brachytrupes sp. Orthoptera Gryllidae Cricket Loothong/ Idmon/ Churu May- Sept Antennae, wings and anal cerci discarded, bind with local leaves and roasted  
Brachytrupes orientalis (Burmeister 1838) Orthoptera Gryllidae Cricket Loothong/ Idmon/ Churu May- Sept Antennae, wings and anal cerci discarded, bind with local leaves and roasted  
Macrolyristes sp. Orthoptera Tettigoniidae Katydid Kokchug/ Headboon Sept- Oct Antennae, wings and anal cerci discarded, bind with local edible leaves and roasted  
Unidentified Orthoptera Tettigoniidae Katydid Kotkot Aug- Nov Roasted  
Aspongopus nepalensis Westwood 1837 Hemiptera Pentatomidae Bug Longheto/ Seve Dec- Feb Boiled or prepared as chutney Sometimes consumption causes psychiatric disorder
Tessaratoma quadrata Distant 1902 Hemiptera Pentatomidae Bug Siviliangkhan/ Heta Jan- Mar Wings and appendages discarded, bodies are roasted (“gi”) Nocte people reported secretion from backside is quite dangerous for eye
Halyomorpha picus (Fabricius 1794) Hemiptera Pentatomidae Bug Longliasivi/ Longlia Nov- Feb Wings and appendages discarded, bodies are roasted (“gi”)  
Apis (cerana) indica (Fabricius 1798) Hymenoptera Apidae Honeybee Nyakui Nov- Jan Immature stages are consumed, boiled or roasted Honey is used widely as medicinal agent
Apis mellifera Linnaeus 1758 Hymenoptera Apidae Honeybee Nyakui Nov- Jan Immature stages are consumed, boiled or roasted Honey is used widely as medicinal agent
Unidentified Hymenoptera Apidae or Vespidae Bee or wasp Nyakui Nov - Jan Immature stages are consumed, boiled or roasted  
Xylocopa sp Hymenoptera Xylocopidae Bee Nyakui Nov- Mar Immature stages are consumed, boiled or roasted  
Oecophylla smaragdina Fabricius 1775 Hymenoptera Formicidae Red ant Aukhithio/Thapi/Khawa Round the year People use to take the hive and treat it with hot water, keep it as it is in pan and roasted it with masala