Do You Eat Gamu Gamo / Flying Termite?

Gamu gamo, I often see a lot after rain during hot weather. When the rain stops, they begin to fly around. I guessed they were wise in choosing time of flight. They often go out at night. They fly around house light bulb and will leave their wings on floor. Their light wings were hard to sweep. Most fly up with every broom swing.

gamu gamo flying termite

Gamu gamo are actually termite, they are flying termites or swarmers. They are responsible for reproducing termite colonies. Notice they shed off wings after a while and begin crawling in tandem. Each tandem are actually male and female. They gonna find suitable location to reproduce. The female might be the queen of the new colony.

While gamu gamu were flying around house, it was fiesta for other two house creatures. Several lizards are near the light bulb and catching flying termites that come in their way. Other specie is cockroach. Its a rare scenery but cockroaches really hunt for gamu gamo.

The day after, the chickens were hunting crawling gamu gamu – those that shed their wings. I also saw cat eating them. Poor flying termites – only few will succeed.

My wife told me that gamu gamo are edible. Though she cannot remember who eat them. I also heard news about people eating it, though details were not clear. They might be edible considering they are eaten by lizards, cockroach, cat and chicken.

Do you eat gamu gamo / flying termites? If you do, please tell me how it taste and what are the preparations needed before eating.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

2 Replies to “Do You Eat Gamu Gamo / Flying Termite?”

  1. We used to collect those for eating when we are young and is considered a delicacy since they swarm only once a year.

    The proper way to collect those is to fill a laundy tab/basin (batya) with water and put it under the lights or where those congeregate. Those won’t be able to get out of the water and will drown.

    Once you collected a lot, just fry those dry (busahin) until the wings shed off. Very tasty and delicious. Just restrain yourself from eating too much (and believe me it is hard to do that) as that will upset your stomach later. As to how much you can consume? Depends on your stomach. I can still eat a glassfull. 🙂

  2. i suddenly eat the gamu gamo cause i thought it was a choco nut fell in my legs…(choconut is a peanut milk chocolate like hany) it tastes bitter

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