White creatures are scarabaeid grubs, brown
creatures are their pupae. If you do not like to eat them, others will. Feed
them to your pigs or chicken, or let them live as a part of your thriving
garden. ‘Skarabeios’ is Greek meaning ‘beetle’.
Quite often you find big white grubs (beetle larvae) in
your temperate or tropical compost. Some people are disgusted and some
people are worried if they somehow are dangerous or bad for your garden. The
best option is to leave them in the compost where they participate in the
production of soil. A common simplification is that worms are the only
degraders in your compost. In addition to worms, there are also fungi,
bacteria, protozoans, millipeds and… beetle grubs. Some grubs in the family
Scarabaeidae are edible. The Seehamongkol family may eat selected green
adult beetles which they catch with light traps, but in my childhood in
Sweden I learnt from the local entomological society how to cook their
1. Simply throw the larvae in boiling water to kill them.
2. After a few seconds, pour out the larva, cool them down with cold water
and cut them open using a pair of scissors.
3. Remove the black guts and rinse in water.
4. Heat some butter in a frying pan and fry the grubs.
5. Serve on toast and eat with knife and fork (my suggestion). Like with
giant crickets, you may want to cover the grubs with cheese which you
quickly melt. Add salt.
The flavour is mushroomy, but the meat is very chewy, spare the crunchy legs
and the shield above the head.