PULLMAN-- Some brave students got a change to put their gag reflex to the test at Washington State University.
Students of Professor Richard Zack's "Insects and People" course, as well as the public, took part in the annual insect-eating lunch Friday afternoon. On the menu was cricket chili, mealworm tacos and various pastries sweetened with honey.
Zack, director of WSU's M.T. James Entomological Collection, said the insect lunch is a way for his students to understand that people in other parts of the world don't exclude insects from their diets, either as a protein supplement, flavoring in dishes or for medicinal purposes.
The WSU insect lunch also had a bug-free chili and tacos for students and others not inclined to push their luck, or their gullets.