Crayfish—also known as crawfish, crawdads, mudbugs, and other colorful local names—figure prominently in human societies on several continents. In North America, many people carry fond memories of sitting by a lake, patiently catching enough crayfish on a line to fill a bucket, and later savoring the tails as a tasty, if small, appetizer. Others spent endless summer days turning stream cobbles to pursue crayfish just for fun or for bait. And there is nothing like a savory crawfish étoufée on a steamy New Orleans evening. Crayfish even provide the impetus for a good party. Crayfish parties are a highlight of late summer in Sweden and Finland, and a Texas crawfish boil makes for a fine get-together. Given their social importance, it’s surprising how little attention is paid to their conservation status and role in natural ecosystems.
Adams, Susan B. 2006. Dainties of the first order. Wings: 4-7