Bug Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas will soon be here, and if you have a bug lover in your life, it can be a little challenging to be creative with gift ideas. However, you can rest assured that there are plenty of bug gifts to choose from that will keep your little bug-lover satisfied. Below is a list of five bug ideas you can give to your own little bug this holiday season.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

 

Front cover

This children’s classic by Eric Carle has been a staple in children’s book collections for decades. Your little one will love the adorable illustrations, as well as the timeless story about the caterpillar that was so hungry he ate everything he came across. This is a great story to add to your child’s book shelf, and books always make a great Christmas present. This book would be an appropriate gift for younger children who are still reading picture books.

Charlotte’s Web

 

Charlotte's Web

For your child who has moved on to chapter books, E.B. White’s classic tale “Charlotte’s Web” is sure to become a favorite. This story tells the tale of the spider who saved her pig friend’s life by writing messages in her web. You could even buy a copy of the old cartoon or the more modern live-action movie starring Dakota Fanning on DVD to accompany the book, making it two gifts in one.

A Bug’s Life

 

Cover of "A Bug's Life [Blu-ray]"

Disney and Pixar’s animated film “A Bug’s Life” is a great choice if your little one enjoys movies. This cute computer animated movie tells the story of an ant leading his colony against a gang of wicked grasshoppers; he hires a troupe of bugs to help him in his colony’s fight against the grasshoppers, only to discover that he hired circus performers. Your little bug-lover is sure to love this exciting cartoon.

Pet Scorpion or Tarantula

Pet scorpion

If you’re feeling really daring, you might consider buying your child their own pet scorpion or tarantula. Both make great pets, although you should be sure that your child is old enough and responsible enough to take care of these arachnids. If you’re squeamish and don’t like the thought of live critters living in a tank in your house, then this gift is probably not a good choice for you.

Stuffed Bug

stuffed ladybug

Instead of a stuffed animal, why not give your little one a stuffed bug? A stuffed bug is just as cute as a teddy bear, is soft and comforting, providing your little bug something to cuddle with while she or he falls asleep. A stuffed caterpillar, ladybug, or beetle would make a cute and original Christmas gift idea.

These are just a few gift ideas to get your creative juices flowing. There are a lot of interesting outlets you can invest in to encourage your child’s interest in the bug world around him. Whether you thing books, movies, toys, or actual pet bugs themselves would best suit your child’s interest depends entirely on your child and what you’re comfortable wrapping up and putting under your tree this holiday season.

Chris is a blogger for Fox Pest Control a Connecticut based pest control company.

Published by Thomas Ballantyne

Bug Dishes You Can Serve This Thanksgiving

Are you growing tired of the same old Thanksgiving dinner? You know the typical turkey with cranberry sauce, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie!

Well, me neither. My stomach’s growling and my mouth watering just thinking about the savory meal!

But for those adventurous types out there, do you want to mix things up this turkey day? Why not try a “buggy Thanksgiving!”

It’s called entomophagy, or the art of eating insects, and it can offer a rather nutritional twist to your Thanksgiving dinner.

Here are a few bug dishes you can serve this Thanksgiving:

Main Dish: Deep Fried Scorpion On A Stick

 

Scorpions on stickscorpion noodles

We eat turkeys for Thanksgiving; turkeys love eating scorpions; thus we eat scorpions for Thanksgiving. Why not skip the middle man (or middle turkey), and go straight for the scorpions. If you want to get really technical, scorpions are not bugs. They are, however, equally as delicious!

***WARNING: Consuming scorpions can be dangerous. High heat is supposed to de-nature the proteins that compose the scorpion venom, but still, ingest at your own risk.

Ingredients:

  • 20-30 large scorpions
  • 5 skewers
  • 2-3 cups frying oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup cornmeal

Directions:

  1. Freeze scorpions for 30 minutes prior to cooking to euthanize them (warning: some scorpions have been known to re-animate once thawed.)
  2. Remove tips of scorpion stingers to avoid some venom
  3. Thread scorpions on skewers, about 6 per
  4. Beat eggs
  5. Put cornmeal in paper bag
  6. Heat oil in large deep skillet
  7. Coat scorpion skewers in the egg wash
  8. Next, toss the skewers in a paper bag w/ cornmeal and shake gently until coated
  9. Toss coated scorpion skewers in skillet and flip occasionally
  10. Cook 5-7 minutes, completely submerging scorpions, until crispy
  11. Serve hot and crispy

Side Dish: Mealworm & Cornbread Stuffing

 

fried mealwormscornbread stuffing

The quintessential Thanksgiving side dish is of course, stuffing. For a delicious insect option, mix mealworms in with your stuffing. Mealworms have an earthy taste, and will add a unique depth and texture to your holiday favorite.

***Note: If you have an old box of stuffing in your cupboard; I’m talking older than three years, then you may already be set. Their may be insects crawling inside already. Yum!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups dried crumbled corn bread pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup mealworms
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons dried sage
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and sauté the celery and onion until soft.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the mealworms, celery, onions, 3 cups crumbled corn bread, eggs, chicken stock, sage and salt and pepper to taste; mix well.Place into prepared dish and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Veggie Side Dish: Stir Fry Crickets, Veggies & Peas

 

Fried Cricketsveggie stir fry

 

I’m not that big of a veggie guy, but we do need some color to our plate. Why not crickets, veggies, and peas for our veggie side?

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup crickets
  • 1 cup chopped snap peas
  • 1 cup veggies of your choice
  • 1 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 crushed clove of garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Chop snap peas and cabbage.
  2. Heat oil in frying pan or small wok.
  3. Begin stir-frying veggies and crickets. After 1 minute or so, add crushed garlic.
  4. Once cooked to desired level of crunchiness, add salt and pepper.

Dessert: Cricket Pecan Pie

 

crispy cricketPecan Pie

The final element of the perfect “buggy” Thanksgiving meal is of course pie… cricket pecan pie! Because crickets are pan roasted, they taste a lot like the toasted pecans used in pecan pie; and have a similar crunch! They really are the perfect buggy substitute.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) toasted crickets
  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked or frozen deep-dish pie crust

Directions:

  1. Mix corn syrup, eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla using a spoon.
  2. Stir in toasted crickets.
  3. Pour filling into pie crust.
  4. Bake on center rack of oven at 350 degrees F, for 60 to 70 minutes
  5. Cool for 2 hours on wire rack before serving. Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Thanksgiving Family

Whether you’ll be eating a traditional turkey dinner for Thanksgiving, or looking to try something a little more adventurous like cricket pecan pie; may your day be filled with family, friends, good food, and football. Happy Thanksgiving!