The 177th prohibition is that we are forbidden from eating an insect which is created from decayed matter,1 even though it is not a particular species and is not created from a male-female relationship.

The source of this commandment is G‑d's statement,2 "Do not defile your souls [by eating] any small creature that lives on land."

In the words of the Sifri, "The verse, 'any small creature that lives on land' [comes to include an insect] even if it does not multiply."3

This is the difference between the phrase, "a small creature that is shoretz on land," and "a small creature that is romeis [on land]." "A small creature that is shoretz" refers to something that has the ability to produce offspring like itself and reproduces on land. "A small creature that is romeis" refers to something which is created from decayed matter and does not produce a creature like itself.

The punishment for eating any of these is also lashes.