Punch,  51 (1866), 99.

An Insectivorous Tribe



News-Commentary, Drollery


Natural History, Nutrition, Collecting, Museums, Cultural Geography, Human Development, Domestic Economy

    Noting how London servants often eradicate black beetles by inducing hedgehogs to eat them, discusses an extract from an article in the Daily Telegraph which describes how Arizona Indians consumed as food the animals (including bats, snakes, and beetles) which were to have been collected for the Smithsonian Institution. Suggests that the Indians are 'far in advance' of those who eat 'shrimps, prawns, and turtle' and that they should be hired in the 'two-fold capacity of footman and hedgehog' and then asked to consume garden pests.

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