May Lattanzio

Joined February 2008

Author, poet, freelance writer, rescuer of dogs and cats, / animal welfare advocate, hookbill owner, occasional wildlife rehabilitator,...

Journal

The Butterfly (and Moth) Cookbook

Collected by May Lattanzio…

NO! We are not cooking butterflies and moths here!

The comments on my photograph of the Red-Spotted Purple Butterflies feeding on pears, led me to some interesting recipes for potent delectables.

Years ago in a National Geographic presentation on the Amazon, a lepidopterist fermented a nasty brew to lure rainforest lepidoptera in order to photograph them. He took great glee in announcing that the secret ingredient was urine…his!

Caveats: Butterflies and moths succumb easily to fungal infections, so clean utensils and surfaces well. A glass table in a sunny spot would be easy to clean. The Cockrell Butterfly House uses simple feeding stations consisting of a red plastic plate on a simple pedestal, with a sponge in the center and overripe fruit.

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