Biotemas (May 2004)

Ethnoentomological studies in the state of Bahia: an homanage to the 50

  • Eraldo Medeiros Costa Neto

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 17, no. 1
pp. 117 – 149


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This paper discusses the importance of research in ethnoentomology by examining the works which have been carried out in different social and cultural contexts within Bahia State, northeastern Brazil. Such works range from studies in ethnotaxonomy to the use of insects both as food and medicinal resources, as well as their use in the art of philately and advertising. Studies on ethnoentomology can stimulate new ideas to be researched by science, especially those stressing both the therapeutic and protein potential of the insects, thus representing a valuable contribution to the question of biodiversity and opening up possibilities for the economic valorization of species which are normally regarded as harmful or useless.