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Insect Bird Food
Category: Birding at the Chico

 The majority of the over 10,000 bird species on planet Earth feed insects to their young. The flush of insects, unrivaled source of food, in the summer months in temperate North America is the reason migratory birds leave their home in the tropics and subtropics to fly north to breed.  Tons of food in the form of insects is available. This week is National Moth Week and Chico Basin Ranch along with the Mile High Bug Club hosted the first moth night at Bell Grove.  Thirteen enthusiastic buggers came to find interesting bugs, moths, beetles, a damselfly, grasshopper nymphs, and other fascinating insects. Although no nocturnal owls came to visit, predatory insects did show up including a praying mantis, a mantisfly (scary looking), carrion beetles (orange insect with black bands in photo), and a robber fly (called the wolf of the insect world).  The photo shows the variety of insects attracted to a white sheet with a black light used in one setup and an ultraviolet light used in one of the other setups.  Slender, dark rove beetles seemed to be the most numerous insect attracted. A species of moth new for Colorado might have been discovered on Saturday evening. 

Posted by Bill M. on 07/25/2017
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