A dish of cooked caterpillars. I was told that these were obtained from
inside the bamboo segments. An experienced "bug farmer" can determine which
segment of bamboo have these critters by knocking and hearing the sound.
Often hundres of caterpillars are harvested from a single segment. I was
told the adults were beetles, but I thought they were more like caterpillars
(larvae of the order Lepidoptera). The specimens are not being determined
for family by a taxonomist at the Michigan State University.
This was served in the banquet to say farewell to me after a month's
cooperative research on honey bees.
Time of photo: December 3, 1999. Place: Kunming city, Yunnan Province, China. Copyrighted © by Bees.Net