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Insectivorous Species in Pennsylvania

Wednesday 7-11-2012

If you are building a permaculture garden, then you will need to make natural connections possible for the great diversity of nature to help to do the gardening chores. I for one don’t like to hand pick cabbage worms off my broccoli, or spray insecticides to preserve my crops. If we provide for a naturally diverse environment Mother Nature will take care of those tedious chores for us. Below I listed some of the many bird species that eat insects that are native to my area.

 

Belted Kingfisher

Blackbirds

Blue jays

Chickadees

Chimney Swift

Common Nighthawk

Crows

Ducks

Eastern Phoebe

Flycatchers

Hummingbirds

Killdeer

Northern Cardinals

Orioles

Sparrows

Starlings

Swallows

Tanagers

Thrushes

Towhees

Tufted Titmice

Warblers

Waxwings

Woodpeckers

Wrens

 

The above birds have similar habitat requirements of all living things. They need food, water, shelter, and a nesting site.

 

Food

While the above birds eat insects, they also tend to eat other things such as fruit, nuts, and seeds. A diverse variety of flowers, trees, groundcovers, shrubs, and vines will help to keep them around.

 

Water

All birds need water for drinking, and most need it for bathing as well. If you have a pond or water feature in your garden, this will also encourage these birds to stay.

 

Shelter & Nesting

A diverse variety of flowers, trees, groundcovers, shrubs, and vines will allow for all the different birds to find suitable shelter and nesting areas.

 

Other insectivorous species in PA

1. Parasitic Wasps

2. Lacewings

3. Ladybugs

4. Various beetles

5. Aphid Predators

6. Dragon Flies

7. Frogs

8. Toads

9. Snakes

10. Bats

11. Praying Mantis

 

The bottom line is that if you wish to have a balanced ecosystem where “pests” do not get out of control, you must provide a varied diverse habitat for all.

 

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