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Members of the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation are probably aware that insects have long been a part of the human diet. In fact, insects were probably first consumed by early humans as they made the transition from life in wooded areas to open plains. Archaeological and anthropological studies have shown that insect eating (entomophagy) was common among ancient Greek, Australian, Asian, Middle Eastern and Native American societies. Far from being a dietary necessity in times of famine, insects were frequently consumed and enjoyed when other food sources were plentiful. The most commonly consumed insects included ants, bees, beetles, caterpillars, cicadas, grasshoppers, termites, and wasps.