Insects aren't a big food item here in the U.S. but they are for many in the rest of the world. io9's own Lauren Davis documented her experience cooking up some waxworms. Soon you may be able to raise your own edible insects with an open source bug farming kit.

Tiny Farms hopes to have their kits available next year. Many insects are not only edible but nutritious. According to one source "a six-ounce serving of crickets has 60 percent less saturated fat and twice as much vitamin B-12 than the same amount of ground beef."

Read the Smithsonian article here.