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In Images: Insect-Filled Treats for Turkey Day

A buggy Thanksgiving

insect dressed in a pilgrim's hat.

(Image credit: Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans )

This week, patrons of the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans can sample a series of Thanksgiving dishes with a twist: a hearty helping of insects will be part of the dishes.

Side dish

(Image credit: Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans)

The traditional centerpiece of the meal, turkey, will become a side dish to showcase the insect-y options.

Mealworms and cornbread stuffing

mealworm stuffing for thanksgiving

(Image credit: Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans )

The turkey will be stuffed with a cornbread stuffing made with mealworms. Mealworms have an earthy taste, almost like a hearty pumpernickel bread.

Wax worms in cranberry sauce

wax worm cranberry sauce

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The cranberry sauce is made with wax worms. Wax worms have a slightly sweet taste, as they live subsist entirely on beeswax from honeybees. Many liken their taste to almond paste.

Insect proportions

cranberry sauce, wax worm cranberry sauce

(Image credit: Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans )

Most of the dishes being offered by the insectarium will be about 25 percent insect, but those who are hankering for a higher fraction of bugs can always ask for extras on the side.

Cricket pumpkin pie

pumpkin pie made with crickets

(Image credit: Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans )

The final element of the Thanksgiving meal will be cricket pumpkin pie. Because the crickets are pan roasted, they taste akin to nuts such as walnuts or pecans.