Life is very unpredictable. In this world, a heaven can be a hell tomorrow. Imagine if you are stranded without any food and you have no food, what would you do? What if you are in a juggle without any food? What would you do? There are many creatures you can eat in order to survive.
The easiest creatures to catch to sustain you are insects. They are packed with protein – 65 to 80 percent. Beef contains only 20 percent protein. As is the case with most insects and grubs, they also provide calcium, B-vitamins and iron. Rotting logs are the best place to look for insects. Here you’ll find ants, beetles and beetle larvae. You can also find them in the American desert.
Carpenter ants like damp wood. Consequently, you can find their nests in damp, decaying, hollow logs. They cut passageways in the wood. Most species of carpenter ants forage at night, so you will have a better chance of finding them during the day. Like other insects, carpenter ants contain lots of protein. Proteins can save your energy reserves and save your muscles from breakdown.
One of the more tasty creatures you can eat in an emergency is the honeypot ant, found in the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona. This species are so named because its diet of mainly sweet nectar which they get from desert flowers. Honeypot ants store the sweet fluids and taste sweet like honey. They are ¼ to ½ inch long and are dark red. Some of them, known as storage ants, have large abdomens that look like small grapes, because they store food. Honeypot ants, like other insects, are high in protein, but sweetened with honey.
BANDED ALDER BORER BEETLE
The banded alder borer beetle finds itself at home in decaying trees. Their long antenna, up to three times as long as their body, black head, white shoulders with black in the center, with alternating bands of white and black on the rest of their bodies make them easy to recognize. Active during the day, they are found in large numbers. The banded alder borer beetle prefers different trees in different locations. You’ll find them in alder trees in southwestern United States, in Willows in the Rocky Mountains, and in Ash trees in the Pacific Northwest. Like other insects, they are packed with protein.
Termites, unlike Carpenter Ants which just bore into the woods to create nests, eat the wood. Termites chew into solid wood. Their tunnels in the wood are much rougher than that of Carpenter Ants. Their rough and ragged galleries are filled with layers of mud and soil. Where you find mud tubes you’ll find termites. Like other insects, termites are high in protein. They might taste bitter but they are a good alternative source of nutrition.
As they say about snakes, grubs can taste like chicken, as well as almonds, peanut butter, prawns and scrambled eggs. Grubs can be found in many places – deserts, the roots and tree trunks and in the soil. Before eating grubs, squeeze their heads to kill it and remove the head. You can cook it. Just cook both sides over a fire or grill for two minutes and eat them the way you would any appetizer. Grubs are high in protein, as is the case with other insects.
Crayfish are plentiful in streams, especially slow ones with lots of mud. The best time to find them is during the day, as they are active at night. Look under and around rocks and in soft mud, especially around the breathing hole chimneys that ventilate their nests. Crayfish are low in fat and high in protein. They also contain some vitamin C, iron, vitamin A and calcium.
Large colonies of freshwater shrimp can be found in mats of floating algae or in muddy bottoms of ponds and lakes. Shrimp are low in fat, high in protein, vitamin D and selenium. Shrimp is also a good source of niacin, vitamin B12 and iron. They can be eaten raw or cooked.
Saltwater shrimp can be found from the surf’s edge to 30 feet deep water. They sometimes will come to a light so as they swim up to it, you can readily catch many of them with a net. Like freshwater shrimp, saltwater shrimp are low in fat, high in protein, vitamin D and selenium only steeped in salt. Shrimp is also a good source of niacin, vitamin B12 and iron. They can be eaten raw or cooked.
Like saltwater shrimp, saltwater crabs can be found from the surf’s edge to 30 feet deep water. Night is the best time to catch them, as they are nocturnal. You can leave baited traps or you can use a baited hook at the edge of the surf to catch saltwater crabs. Besides being high in protein, crabs are very high in vitamin B12.
Let me know what you’ve been eating in the last period …. Creature wise, and we can include them in a bigger article to be posted in the near future.
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