Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Nutrient Content of Insects

  • Mark D. Finke
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_2274

Insects are an important food source for both animals and humans, and for that reason, reports of their nutrient composition are found in articles in disciplines ranging from anthropology to zoology. One of the first applications of the nutrient content of insects involves their use as food for humans. Evidence from archeological sites suggests the use of tools by early hominids to dig termites from their mounds. The anthropological literature shows that insects have been, and continue to this day to be, an important human food source. While insects are not routinely eaten in most western societies, in many other cultures, insects continue to be an important source of nutrients. As such, nutritional analysis is commonly performed on insects as a means of helping determine the nutrient intake of certain populations. While a variety of species are commonly eaten, the insects most frequently analyzed include lepidopteran larvae (mostly members of the family Saturniidae), coleopteran...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark D. Finke
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  1. 1.ScottsdaleAZUSA