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Table 1 Food insects and therapeutically used terrestrial arthropods in northern Korea as of 2012 (this paper) in the light of earlier reports from South Korea [4]and pre-world war II Korea[5]

From: Ethno-entomological observations from North Korea (officially known as the “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”)

Common name Scientific name (f)ood (m)edicine Comment
Non-insect arthropods
centipede Scolopendra damnosa L.Koch, and possibly other species m Also mentioned for South Korea [4] and in [5] for an undivided Korea
scorpions Mesobuthus martensii (Karsch) m Also mentioned for South Korea [4] and in [5] for an undivided Korea, but without species name(s) given
woodlice Suborder: Oniscidea m This paper and in [5] for an undivided Korea, but without species name(s) given
Insect products and larval forms
Caterpillar fungus Ascomycota: Cordyceps sp. ? m This paper and in [4] for South Korea
Insect ‘tea’/faecal pellets of stick insects Order: Phasmida m This paper
Cicada exuviae/shells Fam.: Cicadidae m This paper and also mentioned for South Korea [4] and in [5] for an undivided Korea
Scarab beetle grubs Fam.: Scarabaeidae m This paper and also mentioned for South Korea [4] and in [5] for an undivided Korea
Honey, wax, larvae Fam.: Apidae f and m This paper and also mentioned for South Korea [4] and in [5] for an undivided Korea
Wasp nest and larvae Fam.: Vespidae m This paper and also mentioned for South Korea [4] and in [5] for an undivided Korea
Fly maggots Fam.: most likely Calliphoridae m This paper and in [5] for an undivided Korea
Silk moth larvae and pupae Bombyx mori L. f and m This paper and also mentioned for South Korea [4] and in [5] for an undivided Korea
Adult insects
Blister beetles Mylabris sp. m This paper and in [4] for South Korea
Cockroaches Order: Blattaria m This paper
Ants Formica rufa L. and possibly other species like F. fusca L. m This paper and in [5] for an undivided Korea
Locusts unidentified m This paper
Giant water bugs unidentified Belostomatidae f This paper (consumed only by Chinese residents)