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1. Feeding on insects and other small invertebrates.
2. Botany Capable of trapping insects or other small organisms and absorbing nutrients from them.
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1. (Biology) feeding on or adapted for feeding on insects: insectivorous plants.
2. (Animals) of or relating to the order Insectivora
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(ˌɪn sɛkˈtɪv ər əs)

feeding chiefly on insects.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.insectivorous - (of animals and plants) feeding on insects
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
carnivorous - (used of plants as well as animals) feeding on animals; "carnivorous plants are capable of trapping and digesting small animals especially insects"
herbivorous - feeding only on plants
omnivorous - feeding on both plants and animals
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[ˌɪnsekˈtɪvərəs] ADJinsectívoro
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[ˌɪnsɛkˈtɪvərəs] adjinsettivoro/a
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(ˈinsekt) noun
any of many kinds of small six-legged creatures with wings and a body divided into sections. We were bothered by flies, wasps and other insects.
insecticide (inˈsektisaid) noun
a substance (usually in powder or liquid form) for killing insects.
ˌinsecˈtivorous (-ˈtivərəs) adjective
(of plants or animals) feeding (mainly) on insects.
ˈinsect repellent noun
a chemical preparation that repels insects.
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References in classic literature ?
The effect on the insects must have been still greater, for six insectivorous birds were very common in the plantations, which were not to be seen on the heath; and the heath was frequented by two or three distinct insectivorous birds.
Hence, if certain insectivorous birds (whose numbers are probably regulated by hawks or beasts of prey) were to increase in Paraguay, the flies would decrease--then cattle and horses would become feral, and this would certainly greatly alter (as indeed I have observed in parts of South America) the vegetation: this again would largely affect the insects; and this, as we just have seen in Staffordshire, the insectivorous birds, and so onwards in ever-increasing circles of complexity.
I will spare you the familiar examples of the sensitive mimosa, the several insectivorous flowers and those whose stamens bend down and shake their pollen upon the entering bee in order that he may fertilize their distant mates.
This is the tidbit which tempts his insectivorous fate.
"The global population of insectivorous birds annually consumes as much energy as a megacity the size of New York.
'GPS tags have seen up to now a limited use with insectivorous bats due to weight constraints and low success in data collection - we achieved great results in tracking such a light species', says Irene Conenna, a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences and the lead author of the study.
Black sunflower seeds, pinhead oatmeal, soaked sultanas, raisins and currants, mild grated cheese, mealworms, waxworms, mixes for insectivorous birds, good seed mixtures without loose peanuts, summer seed mixture are all good foods to provide.
In particular, the high-flying habits of insectivorous bats results in low capture rates with mist nets, which usually underestimate their abundance and diversity (Hintze et al., 2016; Cormier, 2014).
8 Small insectivorous songbird such as the Balearic -- or Dartford -- (7)
The most recent Ebola virus to be identified is named Bombali virus (BOMV) and was reported in August 2018 in mouth and fecal swabs collected from free-tailed insectivorous bat species (family Molossidae) Mops condylurus and Chaerephon pumilus in Sierra Leone (2).
Bats eat a variety of food from flower to insects, fish and small mammals but 70% of the bats are insectivorous.