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Witchety Grubs! 
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Enthusiastic Gardner
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Post Witchety Grubs!
This is the biggest one I have ever seen!

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My son and his mates were playing in my stockpile of topsoil and horse manure & found a heap of these suckers. They got a kick out of it, accept when they would try burrowing into their hands, nipping them :lol: they were all massive! This pic it is pretty much true to size!

Aside from being a tender juicy treat for my chooks, does anyone know if they actually serve a purpose? I read that they are the larve (young) of a moths, is this true? Do they do the soil any good or are they a nuisance?

I just realised I actually don't know that much about them :| :scratch

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Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:01 am
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Post Re: Witchety Grubs!
:shock: Wow that thing is ENORMOUS! I don't know if they serve a purpose but I do know they eat the roots of plants. I've lost many a pot plant to these little buggers.

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Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:28 am
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Post Re: Witchety Grubs!
they are the larvae of moths and eat the roots of plants. They were a important food of inland aborigines. Maybe you should consider eating them yourself :D

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Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:45 am
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Post Re: Witchety Grubs!
They are lovely toasted on the coals with a little sweet chili sauce, not too bad raw either.


Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:59 pm
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Post Re: Witchety Grubs!
:lol: hahaha, yes I did know the aboriginals ate them but definitely not on my list of things to eat, thats where I draw the line, and fish eggs, and anchovies :puker I shall leave the witchety grub eating to you Marcus ;)

Ok, so they are no good in garden beds, guess they are doing no harm in my pile of pooey soil though :thumbright

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But OMG they are so big!!!

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Toasted in coals they taste a little like BBQed sweet corn just a bit more eathy - yes I've tried them :shock: .

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