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Witchetty Grub

Witchetty Grub
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Copyright: Alyse Smith (alyses) (16)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-10
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-06 11:11
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Points: 2
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This grub, known as the witchetty grub, lives in the roots of witchetty trees in the Australian Outback. In order to find one, you have to dig into the roots of the tree, finding a hole in the root where the grub burrowed in, and with your shovel, crack the root in half. The grub will be wedged there in a fat sliver of the root.

These grubs are considered to be delicacies among the Aboriginals. They can be cooked over a fire or eaten raw. To eat them raw, you hold them up, dangling them from the head into your mouth. You bite all but the head off, tossing it away. Then you chew and chew until all that is left in your mouth is the rubbery skin, which you also throw away.

When I was in the Outback, I had the pleasure of trying one. A couple of my companions tried them too, and we all agreed that they taste like oddly textured scrambled eggs.

Their skin is cold to the touch and when they are cut, red and yellow guts spill from their sides.

And that is all I know about the witchetty grub. :)

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Interesting shot. Shows very well the dimensions of this grub. Very impressiv.

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