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How an Edible Larva is Putting Palm Trees in Danger

Actualizado: 4 ene 2022

In the Amazon region, the larva of a beetle known as picudo is considered a delicacy among indigenous people, and are eaten raw, fried or roasted.

The beetle lays its eggs in the trunk of the chonta tree where, after growing to the right size, the famous mayones or chontacuros can be harvested (by cutting down the tree).

As you may know if you’ve been following us, Omar Tello has made it his life's mission to restore his piece of the Amazon rainforest and to rescue as many native tree samples as he can. He has rescued several varieties of the chonta palm and has planted them on his land.