I was first introduced to ant larvae when I was a child by my dad. In those days we would go and get them fresh from an ants nest. Now that I'm grown we buy them at the market and they're a premium priced product rather than the peasant food from my childhood.
These need to be eaten fresh, and I don't think they freeze well, so you will only likely find them in a provincial market in Thailand, but don't be afraid, they taste nice! Below you can see the ant larvae as you buy them, with some stray ants in there, remove any stray ants before making the salad. Some ants are sour already so be sure to taste before adding the lime juice.
200 gms Fresh Ant Larvae
1 Teaspoon Flaked Chillies
1 Teaspoon Lime Juice ( To Taste )
1 Teaspoon Fish Sauce
1 Teaspoon Toasted Rice Powder
1 Tablespoon Chopped Coriander Leaves
1 Tablespoon Chopped Mint
1 Tablespoon Chopped Spring Onion
1. Mix all ingredients together and serve it with vegetables.