The true silkworm, Bombyx mori. This insect has been and is still mass reared on malberry leaves and produces silk for us. Also widely used as a model insect for studying insect physiology. This picture was taken in a Guangzhou restaurent. This is the only insect that I have seen available and did not taste yet (give me a chance to go back next time!). The price was marked as 23 yen per 0.5 kilogram, so basically $3/lb. The lowest priced insect I know, perhaps due to that fact that it is a by-product of silk production.

Time of photo: November 5, 1999. Place: Guangzhou city, Guangdong Province, China. Copyrighted © by Bees.Net