Kabutomushi

Though one may not regard the kabutomushi, or rhinoceros¬†beetle, as cute and cuddly, they remain a favorite pet for Japanese children. These huge insects which can grow to 8cm are actually quite docile. Pitted against ¬†one another, however, they turn into powerful fighters, though many children no longer participate in beetle battles (much like you…

Giant Hornet Larvae Saliva

Yes, unfortunately you read that title correctly. The Asian Giant Hornet, known in Japan as suzumebachi, is a feared insect, as its sting can range from incredibly painful to fatal. However, the larvae of this huge flying predator is said to contain amino acids that boost athletic performance, an idea given credence by a Japanese…