Made for a tight grip: The female penis of an insect species newly discovered in Brazil has spines on it. Courtesy of Current Biology, Yoshizawa et al. hide caption

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Gordon recommends dusting the deep-fried tarantula spider with smoked paprika. Chugrad McAndrews/Reprinted with permission from The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook hide caption

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Cicada: It's what's for dinner? Sean Bush/AP hide caption

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A vendor sells edible insects at Talad Thai market on the outskirts of Bangkok. The most popular method of preparation is to deep-fry crickets in oil and then sprinkle them with lemongrass slivers and chilis. NARONG SANGNAK/EPA /Landov hide caption

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An Israeli Orthodox Jewish man mimics putting a locust into a boy's mouth, during an event meant to highlight locusts as a kosher treat, at a restaurant in Jerusalem in 2010. Olivier Fittussi/AP hide caption

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Students prepare mealworm quiches at the Rijn IJssel school for chefs in Wageningen, Netherlands. JERRY LAMPEN/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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A customer holds up a spoon of deep-fried water bug in a restaurant in Thailand. Insects are a popular food in Thailand and many other countries around the world.

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Thomas Gaffield (1825-1900) investigated the patterns on the wings of the butterflies (notice the bodies are missing). He was well aware that various chemical compositions in manufactured glass caused changed color overtime and suggested certain kinds of glass for the skylights in photography studios. Courtesy of Smithsonian National Museum of American History hide caption

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