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What happens if you eat a moth alive?

Updated: 8/10/2023
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โˆ™ 11y ago

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Depends on the moth. There are over 142,000 different species.

Some countries actually deep fry bugs and insects such as moths and are a local delicacy.

However, these are edible moths.

Some moth species can be very harmful if consumed. Dead or alive.

For example:

  • Daniid Moths are very poisonous, if consumed you will suffer a slow and agonising death.
  • Zebra Longwing Moths actually have cyanide in their bodies. Cyanide is extremely lethal to mammals such as humans.
  • Burnet Moths also have cyanide in their bodies.
  • Emperor Moths have a very powerful anti-coagulant chemical. If consumed they can cause excessive bleeding if you cut yourself. Because your blood cannot clot the cut, you'll bleed to death.
  • Scarlet-Bodied Wasp-Moths contains an alkaloid poison.
  • Tiger Moth contains small traces of poison that, if it doesn't kill you, will cause stomach upsets for weeks.
  • And so on

There are many, many "do not eat" species of moths. So, really, you're better off not eating a moth at all unless you're an expert in the field of insects. Which I doubt you are if you asked this question.

If you really want to eat a moth, do some research into specialist restaurants or holiday destinations that serve fried moth.

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Nothing, but it is very good for your health. Insects are very low in fat and high in protein, so as nasty as it sounds, insects (including moths) can in fact help you create a healthy lifestyle. The main thing that makes a moth healthy is that it before it's cocoon stage, it was a catapiller, which is a form of grub. Grubs are infact eaten by people within the wilderness and are very nutritious and can even be eaten as a form of breakfast

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Depends on the moth. There are over 142,000 different species.

Some countries actually deep fry bugs and insects such as moths and are a local delicacy.

However, these are edible moths.

Some moth species can be very harmful if consumed. Dead or alive.

For example:

  • Daniid Moths are very poisonous, if consumed you will suffer a slow and agonising death.
  • Zebra Longwing Moths actually have cyanide in their bodies. Cyanide is extremely lethal to mammals such as humans.
  • Burnet Moths also have cyanide in their bodies.
  • Emperor Moths have a very powerful anti-coagulant chemical. If consumed they can cause excessive bleeding if you cut yourself. Because your blood cannot clot the cut, you'll bleed to death.
  • Scarlet-Bodied Wasp-Moths contains an alkaloid poison.
  • Tiger Moth contains small traces of poison that, if it doesn't kill you, will cause stomach upsets for weeks.
  • And so on

There are many, many "do not eat" species of moths. So, really, you're better off not eating a moth at all unless you're an expert in the field of insects. Which I doubt you are if you asked this question.

If you really want to eat a moth, do some research into specialist restaurants or holiday destinations that serve fried moth.

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โˆ™ 9y ago

If you eat a a live black ant it will not do anything to you, but it actually provides protein and fiber. Red ant, just the same.

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โˆ™ 13y ago

It makes you vomit. POW used to eat balls of dead ants.

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โˆ™ 12y ago

nothing.

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