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Wild insects

Postby CATaylor » Tue Jun 08, 2021 11:19 am

Out of curiosity, what is the overall thoughts and feelings on feeding wild caught bugs? Specifically locust, horn worms, and cicadas? I have not done this, am just curious as I see a lot of back and forth on it. I understand the risk of parasites, but I feel like any bug has a risk of parasites. I've seen the wild horn worn argument about that if they are tomato leaves you can't feed, but the counter argument is they are eaten in the wild without issues. Cicadas are under ground for 17 years so would be unlikely to have parasite or any pesticide in it. Thoughts?
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Re: Wild insects

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Jun 08, 2021 11:27 am

Out of precaution I would not feed anything wild---- it is best to know where your bugs have been and are being fed things that are not going to make them sick or hazardous
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Re: Wild insects

Postby Gail » Tue Jun 08, 2021 2:14 pm

Hornworms never, they feed on plants that are toxic.
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Re: Wild insects

Postby kingofnobbys » Tue Jun 08, 2021 8:46 pm

Only wild insects I'd consider are

> cabbage moth grubs ( if they are on my cabbages --- I don't use insecticides or weedicides in my garden )
> if I had grapes - grape vine catepillas ( same deal )
earthworms ( same deal )
> blow fly maggots ( same deal )

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Re: Wild insects

Postby ComicBookMama » Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:53 am

Personally, I'd avoid wild caught insects. You don't know where they've been and what they've been exposed to, they're more likely than farm raised to be carrying parasites, and as other posters have noted, some are toxic depending on what they've been feeding on. Just not worth the risk, IMHO.
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Re: Wild insects

Postby Gail » Thu Jun 10, 2021 6:42 am

I tend to agree with not feeding wild bugs but I've done it. We have black crickets and grasshoppers here, I've fed both.
I don't use chemicals in the yard and I'm pretty sure the neighbors don't either. Fancy manicured lawns aren't a thing here, most are quite full of weeds, mine included.

I know I would try feeding a cicada if they were here
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