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