What insects do humming birds eat

chaoSeptember 13, 2009

Does any one know of special plants that attract the insects that hummers eat.Red

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voodoobrew

I've read that they eat spiders (they also use webs to build their nests), flies, and all sorts of insects. Whatever they can catch. Apparently, nectar (sugar) is only needed for energy to catch bugs; it's NOT their primary diet.

So... no pesticides, and your hummers should have plenty of food!

    Bookmark   September 13, 2009 at 8:45PM
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ctnchprs_daughter(8)

I read an article that suggested putting your old banana peels near the feeder to attract gnats and such for the hummingbirds. All I attracted was a raccoon, but it could work for you. :)

    Bookmark   September 13, 2009 at 10:10PM
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susanlynne48(OKC7a)

I hang rotting bananas in a suet feeder for my butterflies that prefer it rather than nectar (Hackberry and Tawny Emperors, Question Marks, Mourning Cloaks). In turn, it also attracts the fruit flies, which the hummers can snag when they visit the feeder located about 3 feet from the suet feeder. Synergy and bliss for them.

Susan

    Bookmark   September 14, 2009 at 12:34PM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

Hummers will eat fruit flies, aphids, gnats, white flies, mosquitos and small spiders.

Nasturtiums are an aphid magnet and in some years honeysuckle is also a magnet for aphids. White Flies love salvias especially in drier weather

Penny

    Bookmark   September 15, 2009 at 7:25AM
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hummersteve

When the hummers are plentifull I like to get up early and watch them feed on knats and other small insects flying low to the ground. Always brings a smile on my face.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2009 at 4:14PM
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chao

Thank yall very much.Still a lot of activity hear. Red

    Bookmark   September 15, 2009 at 7:21PM
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voodoobrew

I put out some nearly rotten fruit, thanks to the above suggestions... We shall see if I get more bugs for hummers, and more butterflies. So far, just ants! :)

    Bookmark   September 15, 2009 at 10:23PM
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LaurelLily(9a Houston, TX)

voodoobrew, I've tried liquidy bad fruit a few more times for my butterfly population on perfect weather days, and still just ants for me, too, while the butterflies went about their time at the flowers oblivious to my offering.

I should keep trying, though, especially now that the hummingbirds are here too and might be interested.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2009 at 11:45PM
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