Bush Tucker – Witchetty Grubs
The witchetty grub, which can grow up to 15cm in length, is considered a delicacy by Indigenous Australians. The witchetty grub (also called witchety grub or witjuti grub) is a term used in Australia for the large, white, wood-eating larvae of several moths. It particularly applies to the larvae of the cossid moth Endoxyla leucomochla, which feeds on the roots of the witchetty bush (named after the grubs) that is found in central Australia and lives about 60 cm below the ground. The grub is the most important insect food of the desert and has historically been a staple in the diets of Indigenous Australians. Edible either raw or lightly cooked in hot ashes, they are sought out as a high-protein food by Indigenous Australians
The Witchetty Grubs are presented in a Coolamon in a green drawstring (dilly) bag. There is also an information story on the Witchetty Grubs.