Water boatmen feed on plant matter and the algae in ponds. They are, however, capable of living in polluted pond environments with little plant matter to feed on. Since water boatmen spend most of their time below the water, only surfacing for oxygen, floating pollution is not a significant threat.Know More
They use their short front legs to scoop food up into their mouths. Their much longer hind legs, meanwhile, are used for propulsion.
Water boatmen are often confused with backswimmers, owing to their similar appearance. However, backswimmers, which move around on their backs as their name suggests, feed on other insects, tadpoles and even small fish.Learn more in Bugs
Mosquitoes eat different foods depending on gender and life stage. Mosquito larvae live in stagnant pools of water and primarily consume algae and microscopic aquatic organisms. Once they pupate, the mosquitoes cease feeding until metamorphosis occurs and they become adults. Adult females primarily feed on the blood of other animals, while the males feed on flower nectar.Full Answer >
Some adult fireflies consume flower pollen, dew droplets and nectar. Some adult fireflies eat nothing. During their larval stage, fireflies are carnivorous insects that either feed on decomposing bodies or hunt ants, snails, earthworms and other arthropods found in the soil.Full Answer >
Cicadas feed exclusively upon tree sap. Most of their feeding behavior occurs during their extended larval stage, during which they live underground and suck sap from the roots of trees. It is common folklore that adult cicadas do not eat, but this is not true.Full Answer >
Ladybugs eat aphids, which are tiny, soft-bodied insects that feed on plants. According to Ladybug Lady, a single ladybug can eat as many as 50 aphids in one day. Ladybugs eat both the larvae and the adult forms of the aphids, and for this reason, many farmers use ladybugs to control pests on their crops. Ladybugs obtain moisture and nutrition from the aphids they eat.Full Answer >