Insectivore facts for kids
An insectivore is an animal or insect that eats mostly insects for food. An Anteater is an animal that eats ants. There are also some plants that eat insects. One plant that is an insectivore is called a Venus fly-trap.
To eat insects for food is not very easy because it takes many insects to make enough food for a large insect-eating animal. Anteaters eat hundreds of ants every day.
Some omnivores like humans and bears also eat insects for food.
- Herbivore - an animal that eats mostly plants
- Carnivore - an animal that mostly eats meat from other animals.
- Detritivore - an animal that eats garbage, dead animals or other food left from another animal.
- Omnivore - an animal that eats animal meat, plants, fruit, and insects.
Images for kids
This aardwolf skull exhibits greatly reduced molars and carnassials teeth as they are unnecessary for any large, insectivorous animal subsisting on soft insects such as termites. The dentition of a shrew is very different. The aardwolf uses its canine teeth in self-defence and, occasionally, in digging; accordingly, the canines have not been greatly reduced.
A robber fly eating a hoverfly
The giant anteater, a large insectivorous mammal