Are insects consumers or producers?
Insects are considered consumers because they eat other living organisms and plants in order to survive.Producers are things such as plants and trees,things that feed off of Earth's soils and nutrients that provide food for other living organisms. All insects are consumers.
Insects are always consumers because they must consume food in order to obtain energy. Insects commonly eat plants, other insects, or dead animals. Some insects are even parasites, meaning that they feed off of a living organism without killing it. Plants, algae, and cyanobacteria are the only producers because they use the sun's energy in a process called photosynthesis to produce their own energy. Insects can be primary consumers (organisms that eat producers such as…
Venus fly traps and pitcher plants are producers but they are also consumers. Since they make their own food by photosynthesis, they are producers. To make that food, they must trap and digest insects and absorb the nutrients that are missing from the soil they grow in. That means they are also consumers.
Biotic (living) parts of an ecosystem are: producers (green plants, trees), primary consumers that eat the producers (cattle, sheep, rabbits, etc.), secondary consumers that eat the primary consumers (lions, tigers, foxes, wild dogs, some birds, snakes, some insects) and the tertiary consumers (hawks, eagles, humans). They are also decomposers whose numbers are absolutely huge (worms, snails, many insects including ants and bacteria).