Popular Knowledge about the Oestroidea

  • N. Papavero
Part of the Series Entomologica book series (SENT, volume 14)


Among the eskimos of the Ahearmiut tribe (Hudson Bay) larvae of Oedemagena tarandi (Linnaeus), subcutaneous parasites of the caribou, are greatly appreciated as food; the hunters bring them to their wives and children as appetizers. Gabus (1956: 280), who lived among the Ahearmiut, reports:

‘With a busy air, Ayutnar carefully extracts round flat larvae from between the skin and flesh of the caribou; these larvae are called ‘kummak’. He offers me some: - No! - They are very good! They taste like milk! - No! - You eat raw caribou; the ‘kummak’ also eat raw caribou… Their flesh is the same! I don’t understand why you don’t want to eat “kummak”!’


Additional Source Marine Mammal Continental Drift Adult Insect Arctic Circle 
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© Dr. W. Junk b.v., Publishers, The Hague 1977

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