The Insectivores animals are animals that eat insects to feed; and they do it because they feed on the proteins of the insects they eat. For ex. frog , bee , anteater .
While there are animals that base their diet purely and exclusively on the intake of insects, many others consume insects with fruits, leaves or stems, vegetables, etc.
Mostly insectivorous animals are birds, among which are swallows, tyrants, Parulidae, flycatchers, among others.
- The birds that eat insects are easily recognizable in a microscope or with a magnifying glass because they have some species of hairs on the side forming a kind of mustache. This allows them to more easily recognize the flutter of insects.
- The shape of its beak is also different in relation to other non-insectivorous birds. This is because the beak is used to dig up insects. It also helps them to get them out of holes or places that are difficult to access.
However, there are also mammals that eat insects. The best known are: anteaters, bats, fish, frogs and lizards (these last two are reptiles ). In general, and with some exceptions, insectivorous mammals are small in size (bats and anteaters are exceptions within this group).
These have a sticky tongue because the goal is that both insects and other prey are attached to the language of the amphibian. As a curious fact, the teeth of amphibians are renewed almost permanently.
Generally, insects are not predators, that is, they are not insectivorous animals since they eat almost anything: corpses, rotten wood, decaying plants, etc. However, there are some insectivorous insects among which stand out: for example wasps or dragonflies.
Examples of insectivorous animals
- Bee-eater (is a type of insectivorous animal that feeds only on wasps and bees)
- New World warblers or wood-warblers
- Dendrocopos. Also known as pico picapinos
- Des Murs’s wiretail
- Cinderella Lizard
- Collared lizard
- Rock lizard
- Crystal lizard (does not have legs, so it would seem to be a snake although it is not.
- Flying phalangers or wrist-winged gliders
- Sea Toad
- Green lacewings
- Praying Mantis
- Killer flies
Almost all spiders eat insects. Some species of spiders that feed on insects are:
- Corner spider
- Chick Spider
- Camel spiders
- Black Widow
There are plants that feed on insects. These vegetables have different resources among which, usually, attract the prey and devour the insects. They are known as insectivorous plants. Some of the species of insectivorous plants are:
- Aldrovanda – waterwheel plant
- Darlingtonia – California pitcher plant, cobra lily, or cobra plant
- Dionaea – Venus flytrap
- Nepenthes – tropical pitcher plants
- Pinguicula – butterworts
- Utricularia – bladderworts