After being bitten by the spider, has Peter Parker ever eaten or craved eating bugs as a side effect?

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    Spider-man, Spider-man, eats whatever a spider can.... Jul 22, 2019 at 18:47
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    Seeing that the FDA has an acceptable level of "whole or equivalent insect parts" in food, Peter Parker and everyone else who has eaten anything once grown on a farm has eaten bugs.
    – B540Glenn
    Jul 23, 2019 at 12:59
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    @B540Glenn I'm not sure it's taking this question in good faith to not interpret it to mean "gone out of his way to eat bugs as would a spider in contrast to human tendencies" Jul 23, 2019 at 22:11
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    In the Spider-Verse, when she was Spider-Man, River Tam did... Jul 24, 2019 at 12:48
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    @RobertColumbia Catches flies, any size, eats them all without a spice...
    – Ver Nick
    Jul 24, 2019 at 19:24

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Spiders-Man of Earth-11580 almost certainly has.

Comic panels showing Spiders-Man of Earth-11580 transcribed below with the right panel showing him made up of spiders


Thousands of spiders that believe they are Peter Parker of Earth-11580.

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    Hmmm I'm not sure if this counts as "Peter Parker" considering the quote in the image but it is certainly a borderline case.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Jul 23, 2019 at 13:32
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    I don't know if this counts as Peter Parker, but it's amusing.
    – DavidW
    Jul 23, 2019 at 13:32
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    This here is some nightmare fuel I did not need. Well done.
    – GreySage
    Jul 23, 2019 at 16:08
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    What is happening in the right panel?
    – user38763
    Jul 24, 2019 at 14:57
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    @RossThompson Ooooh, Spiders-Man. He's physically made of spiders. Thanks.
    – user38763
    Jul 24, 2019 at 15:36

Depending on how much you're willing to look into it, kinda? In The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter catches a fly (0'15 in the clip below), and is seen licking his fingers at 0'30. Might not be actual craving though, perhaps just uneasiness.

  • Judging from his overall behavior, I'd say he wasn't intentionally tasting his fingers Jul 24, 2019 at 16:38

In Spider-Man: The Animated Series Spider-Man mutates into his final mutation form from the initial spider bite and becomes Man-Spider. Presumably he ate some bugs in this form even if we don’t explicitly see it, that I remember.

full view of Man-Spider from the cartoon

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    Even if we did see this form eating bugs, I'd have trouble still considering this thing as Peter. Jul 22, 2019 at 19:22
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    @DCOPTimDowd It is Peter, just mutated. He later reverses it.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Jul 22, 2019 at 19:23

According to Spider-Man Deadpool issue #5, yes! It’s stated twice, from both Peter and Deadpool’s perspective, that while trapped in Tabula Rasa he ate insects— he frames it as something simply done to survive, but in Deadpool’s retelling he seems to think he enjoyed it, though whether that’s true or not is up for speculation. Take it how you will!

Deadpool and Spider-Man fighting an unseen foe, their conversation is quoted below

Spider-Man: Wade, seriously. What are you talking about?
Last time I saw you we were in Tabula Rasa. Do you know Husk and I were stuck in there for 36 hours?
We had to eat bugs. BUGS.

Deadpool: I... wait. Are you serious?

Spider-Man: Who lies about eating bugs? Who does that?

Spider-Man and Deadpool having the same conversation as above but from Wade's recollection, it is quoted below. Spider-Man is swinging on a web towards the foe, Wade holds a massive weapon

Spider-Man: We had to eat bugs.
To be honest, they were delicious, but that is not the point.

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    This seems more like a necessity than a craving Jul 10, 2020 at 16:29

One of the earliest incarnations of the web-slinger in television was Supaidaman:

Rather than Peter Parker the student/freelance photographer, this one was a motorcycle racer called Takuya Yamashiro. Living his whole life in Japan and having been born decades ago, it is quite possible that Yamashiro at least once tried some of the local insect-based dishes, such as 稲子 (inago, which is actually grasshopper), 蜂の子 (hachi no ko, bee larvae) and 蚕のさなぎ (kaiko no sanagi, silk pupae).

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