Kin Food
I discovered a useful thing for insectivore-kin! If real grubs aren't your thing, I find the texture craving can be satisfied by wild rice and barley oats that have been soaked or boiled. The kind you make stew with. Would be curious to see if anyone else agrees!
(via Palmetto Weevil Grub: Grugru | Eat The Weeds and other things, too)
Regarding crickets:

I don’t know anything about where to get them except that at my local soda/candy shop, they sell Crick-ettes and Larvets (little boxes of fried and flavored crickets and mealworms) as novelty items. I’ve had them and they’re quite good! Eating an entire box is a bit like eating a handful of potato chips so they’re not exactly filling, but you can get them online and if you’re lucky maybe find some random local place that sells them as well!

- Fox

Do you know where I could find dead crickets?

We actually just published an ask about that (thank the gods). Apparently the pet sections of supermarkets sell dead mealworms so perhaps they sell crickets in some places too? Also, ask at health food stores.


You can buy dead dried mealworms from supermarkets in the pet section, and probably pet stores too. I do.

I did not know this, but I’m glad someone did. 

And, of course, the obligatory warning every time we recommend pet food to our followers:

Make sure what you’re buying is safe for human consumption. 


I was going through your insects tag and near the top you recommended to a birdkin to buy mealworms and crickets at a pet store. Are they dead already or what? Because I really like crickets but live ones freak me out.

Nnnnp, they’re generally still alive. Sorry about that.


I'm a birdkin and I was wondering if you knew where I could buy mealworms or crickets? Or maybe some other type of bug?

Well, in my town I know we can buy them at the local health food store (and our candy store sell chocolate covered ones). But I also know that you can buy them online? It really depends on where you are and where you’re looking to buy them. Try using google to find places locally that sell them? 

Are you looking to buy in person or online? 

Also pet food stores. Pet food stores sell those. Especially ones specializing in reptiles. I have a friend who buys all his insects from pet stores. 


For the anon asking for things that are bug-like, maybe try puffcorn? It's like a puffed corn/rice version of popcorn and it might have a bit of a bug feeling to it when bit into or chewed because of the crunch. Pirate's Booty and Cheetos both produce it and it's sold in a lot of grocery stores.
I've been following this blog for a while and how active it's been today is making me wriggle in excitement. I'm an aboreal 'kin (I'd say demonkin but 'm not really the kind of demon most think of) and was wondering if there's anything buglike that isn't bugs? The human part of me is repulsed by actually eating insects, but gosh I would really like some.... I'm not the best at looking through tags though, ahah...

Bug like that isn’t bugs? 

I’d say sautéed/fried onions are a good go-to. And rice. Sautéed onions IN rice. I don’t think we have many recipes that are bug-like. You could also eat gummy worms and fruit gushers. Unfortunately, that’s all I can think of right now. Sorry, darling! If I think of/find anything, I’ll post it. So keep an eye out.


Hi, I'm a vegan catkin and I often find myself craving insects. Spiders, crickets, moths, butterflies, and grasshoppers. Even snails. Since I can't indulge in the real thing, what are some good substitutes for the crunchy texture of their outer skeletons and gooey insides? Oh and the texture of wings is something I really want too.

Things like roast seeds, peas, granola, etc. are great because they’re small, crunchy, and savory. Also grapes, especially thick-skinned ones like muscadines, because they’re small and have the the outer shell and then a squishy inside. 

For squishier things like worms, we have gelatin recipes in the insect tag that could probably just as easily be made with vegan gelatin. 

I would link you to all these recipes but my laptop keyboard is going haywire for some reason today (it took me like half an hour just to type this out). You can find what i’m talking about in the birdkin and insect tags. I’ll try to edit this post later if my laptop stops acting up. 

(For the above-mentioned reason, this is the last ask I can answer for today until I can fix it, sorry!)


It’s cool, I’m sure Wolf and I can handle it until you get things fixed.