Bamboo Worm

August 7, 2014

Bamboo Worm

Bamboo worms are the larva stage of moth Omphisa fuscidentalis. They are most frequently eaten in Thai cuisine where they are considered a delicacy. They are also known as bamboo borers (though this name ambiguously refers to a bamboo predating beetle species as well). Their habitat is the bamboo groves of northern Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar.

Large batches of mature worms are easily collected when they congregate in a single bamboo internodal cavity.

These larval insects are a calorically rich supply of protein. Bamboo worm bodies are quarter protein and over 50% fat. They are often eaten deep fried.

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