Survival Expert Shows How to Eat Grasshoppers in the Wild

Survival Expert Shows How to Eat Grasshoppers in the Wild

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Insects like grasshoppers are a great survival food that is packed with protein, fat, and other crucial nutrients. We could survive off of eating grasshoppers alone! However, the v >

Think reality TV like Ultimate Challenge where squismish people have to eat live bugs.

Or Bear Grylls biting the heads off of bugs and eating them raw.

This is NOT how you want to eat bugs!

In this video, the experts from Sigma 3 Survival School show how to eat grasshoppers or crickets in the wild by roasting them over a fire.

Step 1: Make Your Clamps

Unless you are in a very serious survival situation where you must eat right away, always cook your food. All animals (and insects are animals!) carry the risk of parasites such as tapeworm. Just like how you filter water in the wild, you also cook animals before eating them.

    Find an arm-length stick about the w >Making a split down the center of your stick Remove the bark. Now you have a roasting stick for eating bugs!

Step 2. Remove the Legs and Wings

When people try eating bugs for the first time, they often comment that they feel gross going down their throat. The reason is:

The legs and the wings will get caught in your throat!

People have nearly choked on insect legs and wings, so don’t skip this step.

  1. Keep crickets alive until ready to put on the fire. Yes, they will be withering around during the entire process!
  2. Grab on firmly to one leg or wing.
  3. Rotate until the leg or wing detaches.

Twist off the wings and legs.

Step 3: Clamp the Grasshoppers into the Roasting Stick

There are many different ways to roast insects over a fire. In the video, Sigma 3 uses a clamp. An alternative would be to skewer the grasshoppers on long, thin sticks you’ve shaved down.

  1. After removing the legs and wings, put the grasshoppers into the roasting stick.
  2. They will still be alive while putting them in.
  3. Be careful not to squeeze the grasshoppers or their guts will come out.
  4. Don’t let any grasshoppers escape while putting in the next ones.

Put the insects in your roasting stick

Step 4: Roasting Your Grasshoppers

It is going to take about 10 minutes to completely roast your grasshoppers or crickets. This can be tedious, but resist the urge to speed up the process by holding them closer to the flames. The grasshoppers will just get burnt. If you don’t like burnt toast, you aren’t going to like burnt grasshopper!

  1. Make a survival fire.
  2. Set the grasshoppers over the flame.
  3. Roast until well done. Don’t risk getting parasites!

Roasting the grasshoppers over an open flame.

Step 5: Eat Your Grasshoppers

  1. Wait for them to cool.
  2. Eat!

The bugs are ready to eat!

Grasshoppers are very nutritious!

At Edibug, I found some info about the nutritional value of various insects. Based on that, here is how the nutrition of grasshoppers and crickets compare to 85% lean beef.

Nutritional Value of Grasshoppers & Crickets Compared to Beef

*Per 100 grams
**100g = approximately 185 grasshoppers

Protein (g) Fat (g) Carbs Calcium (mg) Iron (mg)
Grasshopper 20.6 6.1 3.9 35.2 5.0
Cricket 14.3 3.3 2.2 27.5 3.0
Lean Beef 26 15 0 18 2.6

I know that eating bugs for survival doesn’t sound very exciting. But, as Sigma 3 says, you need to gradually work your way up to large game.

Start with things that are slow, like wild edibles, rats, and bugs. Soon you’ll be going for larger game like rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, and work your way up to deer.

Watch the entire video here:

Have you ever eaten grasshoppers or other bugs? Do you think you would in a survival situation? Let us know in the comments or join us on FB!

Sabi Sabi Wild Facts: Elegant Grasshopper

The beauty of this grasshopper is breath-taking, but it should not be taken lightly. Often bright colours in nature are used to show danger and this little insect is no different. Bright colouration is called aposomatic colouration and it will let any potential predator know that it is poisonous. Aposomatic colouration is not often used in mammals, but insects in particular use colours for protection as their predators, such as birds and other insects, have colour vision.

This grasshopper gets its toxicity from the plants that it eats and can contain a number of different poisons such as cardiac glycosides or pyrrolizidine alkaloids and even cannabinoids. Yes, they eat cannabis and can store its toxins. They also produce a yellow liquid through their exoskeleton, which makes them taste horrible; again to deter predators.

The Elegant grasshopper’s colouration has been so successful in deterring predators, that because they have no real need to escape, the males have very underdeveloped wings. When they do jump they often come back down to earth very clumsily, landing on their backs or sides before trying to get back onto their feet. The females have much better developed wings which they need in order to find males with which to reproduce.

Despite their poisonous nature, people have been known to eat Elegant grasshoppers. The Pedi tribes used to eat them with their porridge to add more flavor and had no ill effects from the poisons. It is possible that the quantities of toxin are just not high enough to harm humans but would still have an effect on smaller creatures.

wild-caught grasshoppers for lizard consumption


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When I was 12 years old, I had a friend who had a big male bearded dragon named Garth. Her mom kept up with his care for the most part, but we got to be the ones to feed him his crickets. He was so cool to watch, snapping them all up like it was nothing.

We were out riding our horses in the pasture one day and scared up a swarm of baby grasshoppers. After we finished out ride, we went back out to the pasture with plastic drinking cups and scooped up a whole mess of the little grass hoppers. They were maybe about 1 inch in length (average).

We sent the grasshoppers home with my friend so she could feed them to Garth the bearded dragon. He seemed to really like them a lot more than his crickets, although they were a little harder for him to catch. His nothing bad happened to him after he ate them, so we continued catching cups full of grasshoppers to feed to him until the season changed and the grasshoppers became difficult to find.

Thinking back, the only thing that may have been a danger in that situation was pesticides on the grasshoppers. However, they were coming from my horse pasture, which only receives fertilizers once in the summer. I think we caught the grasshoppers during the spring.

To those of you who have animals who eat bugs:
Is there anything wrong with wild-caught grasshoppers?
Or wild-caught black crickets?

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Grasshopper Wild Harvesting Using a Net

Grasshoppers are commonly consumed in Mexico and regions of Africa. However, they are hard to come by in the States. (Unless, you live next to some tall grass and its the right season. Being in Texas, there are plenty of grasshoppers to go around.)

Lets get right to the interesting stuff… what did I catch and what did it taste like!

5 different grasshopper species.

Preparation: The insects were frozen then rinsed. They were cooked in butter/oil until they changed color and held for an additional 2 minutes.

The flavors were very mild. They have a brothy flavor that is sort of like vegetable broth but non-descript. They didn’t taste like any particular protein or vegetable. The closest flavor I can think of is seaweed with a little bit of asparagus. I tried just 3 of the varieties and they were all similar in flavor.

The textures were pleasant. The exoskeletons broke down upon mastication. They were pretty dry; not a meaty texture.

How and where the insects were harvested:
Choice of Net

There are two main types of nets used by entomologists (Texas A&M video on nets). The aerial net and the sweep net… I choose the somewhat DIY way. I picked up a heavy duty leaf rake for pool cleaning and the local department store. The big advantage, it turns out, was the 8 foot pole!

It worked well as is. Once a grasshopper was in the net I just grabbed it and put it into the jar. I could only catch one at a time this way. Im thinking about cutting open the bottom of the net and adding netting from a mesh laundry bag. It would make it more difficult for them to jump back out (yes, this happened a few times).

I found a nice patch of uncultivated lane ‘behind a gas station’. The grass varied in density, type and height. The best spots were where the grass was dense and near a ravine. I knew I found a good spot because they were pretty loud.

I set out in the early afternoon on a hot Texas day in August. I probably should have waited until the evening as they are less active when the temperature drops. My understanding is that they are less active in cooler temperatures. The large ones can fly up to 20 feet making them really difficult to catch.

Woman Forms Incredible Bond With Tiny, Injured Grasshopper

“I put my hand down and it crawled right on.”

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Woman Forms Incredible Bond With Tiny, Injured Grasshopper

“I put my hand down and it crawled right on.”

In September, Chelsea Euliano was strolling through the park in Oceanside, New York, with her sister and dog when she heard something that would change her life. It was a loud, constant chirping sound. When Euliano looked around, she found a tiny grasshopper standing on the ground.

Euliano could immediately see the grasshopper was injured. “It was missing a hind leg,” she told The Dodo. “And I thought, ‘This poor thing, it can’t jump. It’s just dragging its body.’”

Initially, Euliano wasn’t sure what to do. She’d rescued many animals in the past, including swans, ducks, opossums, cats and dogs — but never an insect. She wasn’t even sure if she wanted to touch the grasshopper.

But something about the creature’s persistent chirping made her bend down and hold out her hand.

“I thought, ‘If I put my hand down on the floor and it crawls onto my hand, I’ll have to take it and save it,’” Euliano said. “And what do you know? I put my hand down and it crawled right on.”

Euliano spotted a Dunkin’ Donuts cup lying on the ground, so she grabbed it and eased the grasshopper inside for safekeeping. Then she took the grasshopper home.

While Euliano was eager to help the grasshopper, now named Duncina, she didn’t know how. So she got in touch with an entomologist and asked for advice.

“They said, ‘Usually they die. Their life span is from May to September. She’s basically going to pass any day, but you can try [to help her] if you want,’” Euliano said. “I said, ‘I think she’s going to live longer, and I think I can take good care of her.’”

Euliano got a glass aquarium, which she filled with dirt, branches, hay and alfalfa. She also made sure Duncina got healthy food, including clovers, corn, fennel leaves, pineapples, apples, bananas and even Cheerios.

“I’d hold up a Cheerio or a piece of corn, and she’d literally eat out of my hand,” Euliano said.

Euliano would also hold Duncina every day.

“She’d literally look like she was smiling,” Euliano said. “She was the cutest little thing. I ended up calling her Duncina Bambina or my little Raisinette because her head looked tiny and wrinkly like a little raisin.”

Even Euliano’s mom became attached to Duncina.

“At first, my mom was like, ‘I can’t believe you have a pet bug,’” Euliano said. “But before you knew it, she’d go to the supermarket and come back and say, ‘I’ve got fennel for her.’”

When Duncina laid eggs inside the terrarium, Euliano knew she had to help her grasshopper friend with this, too.

“It was like ‘Charlotte’s Web,’” Euliano said. “I thought, ‘I have to take care of these eggs.’ So I took the eggs outside, and my father helped me plant them.”

When the weather was warm enough, Euliano would take Duncina outside to enjoy the fresh air — and the grasshopper laid even more eggs and buried them herself.

“They usually lay eggs, and that’s the end of their life span,” Euliano said. “The eggs will actually freeze over in the winter.”

But Duncina didn’t immediately pass away. She lasted through September, October and most of November. But on November 17, it all came to an end.

“I had a wedding to go to that day, but I woke up and fed her,” Euliano said. “I was getting ready, and I would always look back at her little tank. She was on the branch … but I just knew when I saw her that she was gone.”

Euliano was very upset — more upset than she ever thought she’d get over an insect.

“I said, ‘OK, I can’t cry right now. I have to just go with the day,’” Euliano said. “I feel like she passed on a day when she knew I couldn’t get that upset about it, which is crazy.”

Duncina may be gone now, but her legacy has lived on. Not only did she change Euliano’s mind about insects, but she’s been changing other people’s minds as well.

“A lot of people don’t like bugs, so they step on bugs, and . they’re afraid of them,” Euliano said. “But once they saw me on Facebook with Duncina, they said, ‘You really changed my mind about bugs. I can’t believe how cute she is.’”

Duncina even inspired Euliano’s cousin to rescue a grasshopper of her own. “My cousin had a grasshopper stuck on her windshield, and she actually [rescued and] released it on an apple orchard,” Euliano said.

Euliano is also looking forward to spring, when Duncina’s eggs are expected to hatch.

“In May, they’re supposed to hatch,” Euliano said. “I don’t know if I’ll ever see the babies, if I’ll ever see them in the garden. But I’m hoping.”

Why you shouldn’t touch an Eastern lubber grasshopper

The lubbers in Southwest Florida are mostly yellow with red and black markings and red on the forewings. (Photo: hrutled, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The large, brightly colored Eastern lubber grasshopper is hard to miss. Its bright orange, yellow and red colors are a warning to predators that it contains toxins that will make it sick. But the colors are a spectacular sight for people just watching the slow moving, large grasshopper displaying its hues.

It is much better to watch than touch this insect. If you pick up this grasshopper it will make a loud hissing noise and secrete an irritating, foul-smelling foamy spray.

The four-inch long grasshopper cannot fly. Instead it moves in short clumsy hops. It can also walk or crawl.

The Eastern lubber grasshopper (Romalea guttata) eats broadleaf plants and will feast in gardens.

They live throughout Florida and from North Carolina to Tennessee, in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, and Arizona. These insects mostly reside in open pinewoods, weedy vegetation and weedy fields.

In the nymph stage they look very different than as adults. At that young age they are mostly black with a narrow median yellow stripe, and red on the head and front legs.

In the adult stage they can look different depending on where they live. In northern Florida, this insect is mostly black with yellow markings. The lubbers in southern Florida are mostly yellow with red and black markings and red on the forewings.

Wild S >Leaping into the State Forest this time of year.

One of the stranger insects I’ve encountered on the Vineyard is Nomotettix cristatus, sometimes called the crested pygmy grasshopper. Pygmy grasshoppers in general compose a family of their own, Tetrigidae, quite distinct from typical grasshoppers

As the name suggests, pygmy grasshoppers are tiny. In the case of nomotettix, large females may reach a centimeter in length; males, invariably smaller, may be as short as six millimeters, or about a quarter-inch.

These dimensions alone would be enough to make these insects elusive, but their coloration makes them even harder to spot. Nomotettix varies quite widely, from reddish-brown to gray to a combination of the two. Some individuals are solid in color; others have odd, triangular black-and-white marks on their sides. But in any case, the coloration blends in well against the sand, fine gravel, and fallen leaves that these grasshoppers seem to prefer.

If you think in terms of the population as a whole, the variation in color and pattern probably works as insurance, guaranteeing that no matter what the season or how conditions change, some percentage of individuals remain protectively colored.

Like all the members of the pygmy grasshopper family, nomotettix is characterized by a long extension of the pronotum — the top surface of the insect’s thorax — backward over the wings and abdomen. This feature gives these chunky insects a clean, compact outline; they look oddly manmade and mechanical.

They jump like it, too. Nomotettix possesses massive femurs, or thighs, on its hind legs. And the musculature within the exoskeleton of those femurs is powerful enough to launch these tiny insects a solid two feet in one leap. Up close, you can hear a faint “click” as the legs of a leaping nomotettix snap straight.

The basic life cycle of pygmy grasshoppers is well known. Living through the winter in adult form — a trait separating Tetrigidae from typical grasshoppers, which generally overwinter either as eggs or at an immature stage — nomotettix mates in the spring. When they hatch, the young, or nymphs, resemble adults but are even smaller. By late autumn, they’ve matured and prepare to overwinter and start the cycle again.

Behavior adds to difficulty of finding nomotettix. Even when I come across one in the open, it invariably sees me before I see it — and when frightened, this grasshopper is not hesitant to launch itself toward cover. A good percentage of the individuals that I notice catch my eye as they make one long bound for safety, disappearing for good because my eyes can’t follow their fast trajectory.

Given that adults or near-adults are present throughout the year, it’s interesting that virtually all of my records for nomotettix fall into a brief window in early spring, basically the final three weeks in April. I have only one fall record, from mid-October, and only one late winter record (from March 16 of this year). All my records are from Correllus State Forest.

I don’t think my own behavior as an observer fully explains this pattern: I spend a lot of time throughout the warmer months in places where I know nomotettix occurs, but never see it. And on some unseasonably warm days in winter, I’ve looked very hard for this species, again in known locations, with no success. My few records from the extremes of the year — March and October — have involved individuals that I stumbled over while rummaging through leaf litter in search of something else entirely.

I surmise, then, that early spring is a time of heightened activity for these insects, and possibly a season that tends to brings them more into the open. (The ones I find in spring mostly turn up on nearly bare sand on State Forest fire lanes.) Perhaps they spend April wandering about seeking to find or attract mates, inadvertently making themselves easier for me to find.

The rest of the year, I expect they live in deep concealment, their drab coloration matching dead leaves and making them almost undetectable. Feeding on lichen, roots, and decaying vegetable matter, pygmy grasshoppers probably find all they need in the leaf litter. In winter, I doubt they move at all, probably spending all their time semi-dormant under debris or at the base of clumps of grass.

One result of the cryptic nature of this species is that I haven’t got the faintest idea how common it actually is. I don’t think I’ve ever seen more than five nomotettix in a day. Over the course of a typical year, I’ll likely find fewer than a dozen, despite the fact that I look hard for this species, which is a favorite of mine.

But this apparent scarcity may just reflect my inability to spot them. The fact that I’ve turned up a couple of individual while basically scratching through dead leaves at random might suggest that the species is actually pretty numerous. It would take intensive research — a concerted campaign to trap all the individuals in a defined area — to answer the question of abundance.

There remains, clearly, a lot to learn about this species. But nomotettix is such an odd and distinctive creature that I’m glad we’ve become acquainted.

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