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A Yellow-throated Honeyeater with an insect.

A species or an organism that eats insects or invertebrates[1].


Examples of insectivores include nightingales, aardwolfs,[2] echidnas,[3] swallows, anteaters, carp, frogs, lizards, bats, and spiders. Even large mammals are recorded as eating insects;[4] the sloth bear is perhaps the largest insectivore. Insects also can be insectivores; examples are dragonflies, hornets, ladybugs, and praying mantises.[5]:31 Insectivory also features to various degrees amongst primates, such as marmosets, tamarins, tarsiers, galagos and aye-aye.[6][7]:56-57 There is some suggestion that the earliest primates were nocturnal, arboreal insectivores.[8]


  1. ^ Frances, Peter; et al. (2007). Bird: The Definitive Visual Guide. Dorling Kindersley Inc. ISBN 1564582957. 
  2. ^ Holekamp, Kay E. "Aardwolf (Proteles cristata)". Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  3. ^ ""Long-beaked Echidna (Zaglossus bruijni)" (entry) in". West of Scotland & Ayr Group. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Whitney, Stephen R. & Sandelin, R. (2004). Field Guide to the Cascades & Olympics. The Mountaineers Books. p. 317. ISBN 978-0-89886-808-1. Retrieved 2010-04-01. 
  5. ^ Hill, Dennis S. (1997). The economic importance of insects. Springer. p. 198. ISBN 978-0-412-49800-8. Retrieved 2010-04-01.  More than one of |pages= and |page= specified (help)
  6. ^ Stetoff, Rebecca (2006). The Primate Order. Marshall Cavendish. p. 92. ISBN 978-0-7614-1816-0. 
  7. ^ Jones, S., Martin, R., & Pilbeam, D., eds. (1994). The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-32370-3. 
  8. ^ Weiss, M. L., & Mann, A. E. (1985). Human Biology and Behaviour: An Anthropological Perspective. Boston: Little Brown & Co. ISBN 0-673-39013-6. 
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