Villagers in Thailand use YouTube clips to catch edible insect

Residents of Ban Muean Tee in Tambon Don Chomphu in Nakhon Ratchasima's Non Sung district, said they have been earning 450 baht (S$18.80) to 500 baht a night from the use of YouTube clips to attract mole crickets.
Residents of Ban Muean Tee in Tambon Don Chomphu in Nakhon Ratchasima's Non Sung district, said they have been earning 450 baht (S$18.80) to 500 baht a night from the use of YouTube clips to attract mole crickets.PHOTO: THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

NAKHON RATCHASIMA (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Villagers in Nakhon Ratchasima have learnt to make money from YouTube without posting video clips. Instead, they are using certain clips to draw out a type of edible insect for them to catch to sell.

Residents of Ban Muean Tee in Tambon Don Chomphu in Nakhon Ratchasima's Non Sung district, said they have been earning 450 baht (S$18.80) to 500 baht a night from the use of YouTube clips to attract mole crickets.

Several clips of sounds made by mole crickets, called "maeng kachon" or "maek gee chon" in Thai, have been made available along with instructions how to use them.

The villagers play the clips on their mobile phones that are connected to large speakers, and the sound draws the insects towards them.

Mr Somporn Tiangpolkrung, 48, said he caught three or four kilogrammes of mole crickets per night after playing the clips for about two or three hours. He sold the insects for 150 baht per kilogramme. He said the villagers received orders for the insects from friends who were food vendors.