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Table 3 Energy value and macronutrient composition of different insect taxa

From: Beetles, ants, wasps, or flies? An ethnobiological study of edible insects among the Awajún Amerindians in Amazonas, Peru

Insect taxa Energy [Kcal]* Protein [g]* Total fat [g]* CH [g]*
Order
 Coleoptera 283-653 [49] 50.41 (23–66) [50] 25.57 (14–36) [50] 2.81 [50]
 Hymenoptera 380–561 [49] 47.81 (13–77) [50] 21.42 (8–55) [50] 3.65 (2–7) [50]
 Diptera 217–499 [49] 59.39 [50] 12.61 [50] 12.04 [50]
Species
R. palmarum (larva) 188 (125–273) [12, 18, 51] 6.57 (1.4–13.06) [12, 18, 19, 51, 52] 13.10 (6.31–21.96) [12, 18, 19, 51, 52] 7.69 [12, 18, 19, 51]
Atta cephalotes 454 (390–580) [40, 49, 53] 50.4 (43–60.11) [40, 49, 53] 28.4 (25.8–31) [40, 49] 24 [49]
  1. *The values for Rhynchophorus palmarum are on average per 100 g of fresh weight, the other values could not be found or converted to fresh weight, and therefore are given on average per 100 g of dry weight. In parentheses is the range of variability found in the literature
  2. CH carbohydrates