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Insects are a critical link in the food chain. They are the main source of food for several species of fish, amphibians, birds and small mammals.
Photo: Insectarium de Montréal (André Sarrazin)
During their outdoor activities, including fishing, hunting, observation and photography, human beings use or depend on much of the wildlife that feeds on insects and other arthropods.
Photo: Insectarium de Montréal (Luc Giroux)
In some parts of the world, insects are a regular part of the human diet. They are an economic and very nutritious food.
Photo: Insectarium de Montréal (Marika D'Eschambeault)
Insects are eaten widely as both larvae and adults. For example, mayfly larvae are eaten by aquatic insects and fish. Once they reach adulthood, mayflies are a food source for dragonflies, birds and other insect-eating animals.