Insectivorous Species in Pennsylvania
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.
The above birds have similar habitat requirements of all living things. They need food, water, shelter, and a nesting site.
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.
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
4. Various beetles
5. Aphid Predators
6. Dragon Flies
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.
Ladybug on sunchokes