In many parts of the world, ants are eaten by humans as a delicacy

The pupae of some species of ants are the basis for the Mexican dish called ‘escamoles‘. They are considered a form of insect caviar and can sell for as much as $40/lb In areas of India. Throughout Burma and Thailand, green weaver ant is used as a condiment with curry and an addition to a salad called ‘yum‘. The natives of North Queensland Australia enjoy ants that are mashed up in water to make a pleasant acidic drink similar to lemon squash. In Mexico and Australia, honey pot antrepletes‘ are dug out of the ground and sweet nutritional juices are sucked out of their crops.

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