Ants are spread around the world, with the exception of Antarctica and some remote islands, and are public insects. Care must be taken when handling ants. Most of their species are quite aggressive in protecting their anthill..
Collection of ants, their larvae and pupae, ants, their larvae and pupae as food during survival in an emergency and extreme situation, methods of preparing ants.
Ants attack and defend themselves by biting, and in many species of ants and using a sting, used to inject or spray chemicals such as formic acid. The most valuable in nutritional terms is not so much the ants themselves, as their larvae and pupae, or as they are sometimes called ant eggs. They resemble white or yellow rice grains in their appearance. When surviving in an emergency or extreme situation, the larvae can be collected by stirring up a large anthill. In small anthills, it is enough to raise a stone or tree trunk, covering it from above, to find a whole pool of ant eggs and collect them.
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Eating ants, their larvae and pupae for food.
Eat ants, their pupae and larvae in raw, boiled, baked and fried form. Or add, previously slightly dried, to other dishes. In addition, in anthills you can find caterpillars prepared by ants for future use and their larvae. Like many other insects, ants are low in fat, rich in protein and phosphorus, but they have almost no vitamins..
Unusual use of ants.
It is curious that ants have long been used for medical purposes. For example, in India, more than 3 thousand years ago, one of the species of ants was used to heal small wounds. A live ant was superimposed on the cut, which stuck its jaws into the edges of the wound. After that, the ant was torn off, and the jaw’s peculiar stitch remained in the skin. The procedure was repeated until the cut was completely sewn.