Summer time Tanagers snatch bees and wasps in mid-air, as they buzz about. Bug in beak, the chicken flies to a perch, slams the insect in opposition to a department till it’s useless, then wipes it in opposition to the department to take away the stinger earlier than consuming it. Summer time Tanagers can even tear open paper-like wasp nests to dine on the larvae inside. The migratory birds can even eat different bugs and spiders, in addition to fruits and berries in the summertime and over the winter.
Summer time Tanagers: Wasp Hunters
Written by Bob Sundstrom
That is BirdNote.
In case you’ve ever been stung, you’ll agree that it’s smart to respect wasps and bees. Watch stinging bugs with a eager eye—however from a secure distance.
Birds like Summer time Tanagers additionally watch bees and wasps with a eager eye. However that’s as a result of… they plan to eat them.
The Summer time Tanager snatches bees and wasps in mid-air, as they buzz about. Bug in beak, the chicken flies to a perch, slams the insect in opposition to a department till it’s useless, then wipes it in opposition to the department to take away the stinger earlier than consuming it.
Wasp larvae are additionally featured on the Summer time Tanager’s menu. After chasing off or killing the grownup wasps attending a nest, a tanager tears open the fragile, paper-like construction and devours the larvae inside.
(Summer time Tanager name, https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/213799)
Whereas stinging bugs are a central a part of their weight loss program, tanagers additionally hunt grasshoppers, beetles, dragonflies, and spiders. Fruits and berries develop into necessary of their weight loss program in late summer season, throughout migration, and the place they winter in Central and South America.
However when the birds return every spring to their breeding vary within the Southeast, decrease Midwest, and Southwest, bees and wasps as soon as once more face their nemesis within the Summer time Tanager.
(Summer time Tanager music, https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/213799)
For BirdNote, I’m Michael Stein.
Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Recorded by Bob McGuire.
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© 2018 Tune In to Nature.org June 2018 / July 2022 Narrator: Michael Stein
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