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Insects

Insects


Insects play a very important role in the prairie; they pollinate many prairie plants and play a role in nutrient cycling. Insects in the prairie are very numerous. There are several types of insects in the prairie including butterflies, grasshoppers, moths, bees and beetles. 

Insects consume living and dead plant material, manure and dead animals, contributing to decomposition. This contributes to a quicker return in carbon and mineral nutrients to the soil where they are available for plant use. 

Butterflies and moths are responsible for the pollination of prairie plants that would not survive without pollination. 

A variety of animals depend on insects as a food source including birds, bats, skunks, mice, moles, foxes, frogs, snakes and more.