One Tank Trip: Edible Bugs Exhibit at Florida Museum Of Natural History

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Typically when you go to the Florida Museum of Natural History, you expect to see butterflies and crocodiles, but now they have a new exhibit involving insects.

The Edible Insects: It' What's for Dinner exhibit informs people on the practice of entomophagy, which is eating insects and bugs. It also tells you a little bit about the environmental benefits of eating insects, the nutritional benefits of eating insects, and you can learn a little bit about the different insects that are eaten all around the world.”

The idea for the exhibit came from Jonnie Dietz, an exhibit developer at the museum last year at their annual gala. She says they had a bug bar and were able to have some actual insects available for people to try and taste, and everybody really loved it and it went over really well so they decided to do an exhibit on it in the central gallery.

Eating insects in the united states is rather low in popularity compared to other nations, but entomophagy is starting to catch on.

Dietz says, “because insects have such a high nutritional value and a low environmental impact, they are starting to peak interest and people are starting to think, okay maybe we can farm these as a sort of mini livestock.”

There are a wide variety of ways you can use insects in meals or food, but one of the most popular and easy ways is cricket flour. Cricket flour is really high in protein, and you can use it as you would any other flour.

At the museum gift shop, you can also choose from a wide variety of insect treats and candies before you leave the museum.

The new exhibit is scheduled to be open through the spring.