Extremely nutritious, hachi no ko is made of bee and wasp larvae. It is often roasted and put on rice. Sweet in taste and crispy in texture, this dish is an oddity even for the Japanese.
Typically, in late summer the bees are driven out from their hive by firecrackers and the larvae is then gathered. They are often distributed in jars all over Japan at any time of the year, but if you want them fresh, your best chance is now!