I'm looking for the name of a non-lacto or ovo diet, but that includes honey and insects (as the title says). What would this version of vegetarianism be called?

I'm looking for a name similar to lacto-vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian, etc.

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    A bizarre-arian? I would never eat insects myself (Even if everyone says they are the only eco-sustainable protein source), but I like honey pretty much. Commented Feb 1, 2017 at 2:18

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If you really want a word for this, I'll make one up for you. Call it entomophagous vegan. Entomophagous is the adjective for eating insects. You can also say plant and insect based diet. But there is no mainstream word for the diet you describe at least in the US or Australia.

I symphathise with you as I have a very complicated diet (vegetarian with the following modifications: no cheese, but I eat insects, invasive species, and sustainably harvested, abundant, wild, herbivorous animals). Try explaining that diet easily. The vegan plus insects and honey is less complicated, but complicated enough that if we had a word for every modification it might get unwieldy.

In most practical situations, you can just say you are vegan. For example, at a restaurant: just say you are vegan. This makes things easier for everyone. While avoiding honey is technically not vegan, and the phrase "beegan" is sometimes used in vegetarian/vegan circles, in the vast majority of situations where you are with the general public and just want to be practical, vegan + honey = vegan. In fact, pure vegans at a restaurant ordering a sweet dish should specifically ask if the item contains honey. Most servers in the US, Europe and Australia do not realize that honey isn't vegan unless their attention is directed to the fact bees make honey. You might ask, is saying "I'm vegan" lying? Yes, it is. However, it is like a friend of mine who says his name is "John" when ordering food at a restaurant, because his real name is "Jobosiguentanacalda", calling himself John is a white lie that hurts no one.


"Flexitarian" can be used as a catch-all to describe any "almost" vegan/vegetarian diet. The only other term I've heard of that comes close is "beegan", to refer to a vegan to eats honey

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    While true, OP is mentioning a far stricter diet than the usual "I sometimes eat vegetarian" that flexitarian means.
    – djechlin
    Commented Jan 31, 2017 at 21:02
  • As far as I understand, flexitarian is used for non-vegetarian diets that are similar, but I'm asking about a specific type of vegetarian diet. (IMO insects are vegetarian)
    – Riker
    Commented Jan 31, 2017 at 21:03
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    "Beegan" could be used to refer to a person who eats honey and bees (and by analogy other insects).
    – Turion
    Commented Jan 31, 2017 at 21:55
  • @Riker "IMO insects are vegetarian" I think by analogy we can surmise that in your opinion honey is vegan. Insects are animals, so by the literal definition of vegetarian, eating insects is not vegetarian (although I have no problem eating them myself). ... of course you might have literally meant that insects don't eat animals "insects are vegetarian" which is also sometimes false ... :p. Commented Apr 29, 2017 at 11:41


beegans eats honey, you mentioned eating insects, as a fortunate coincidence the word BEEtle includes Bee which is happy convenience.

The "garian" suffix already indicates something that comes from agriculture so the word seems ok.

Another possible word is


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    Nice word. Did you make it up or is it used by other people somewhere?
    – Turion
    Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 11:16
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    I make it up. If it already exists it is just a coincidence, but I Googled for it without finding when I wrote this answer, so unless it is already used in a book it is a novel word :) Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 12:07

I’d call it vegan (1988) or old-school vegan.

The Vegan Society UK considered honey to be vegan at their founding and as recently as 1988. Yes, that’s the same society that has the word vegan registered as an international trademark. They were originally a spin-off from the vegetarian society with the addition of eggs and dairy as concerns.

Most of us are eating bugs already, so the only practical difference is intent and quantity.

Most of us eat a quarter of a kilogram of insects by accident each year anyway, writes Susan Lawler, HoD, Department of Environmental Management & Ecology, La Trobe University, Australia, in the website, Conversation. If you eat organic, your rate of insect consumption is much higher, she says.

In addition, insects are already killed in great quantities by regular agricultural practices thanks to the use of pesticides. Just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.

Let those who don’t harm insects set themselves apart. In fact, there is a group that strives to avoid harming insects whenever possible and that is Jain vegetarians.

Of course, one should expect to be challenged on whether those who eat insects can be considered vegetarians but just consider that an opportunity to explain why you think eating insects is better than not doing so.

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