Insectivores-Frugivores…Mmm-Mmm Good!

Ever fancy the soft, juicy taste of a caterpillar?  Perhaps the delicate crunch of a fresh grasshopper?

For our Titi friends, these are a special delicacy.

Grasshopper in Costa Rica

As “insectivores-frugivores”, titi monkeys eat primarily insects and fruit, and are said to have a particular sweet tooth for caterpillars and grasshoppers.  Their caterpillar treat may be a bit easier to come by live, as they also prefer to capture stationary insects and rarely go after any in-motion.  For that reason, they can often be seen looking for their insectivore delights either a-top fresh leaves, or by opening crumpled dry leaves.

Searching for a treat...

A grub is found!

To satisfy their frugivore appetite, titis’ favorite seem to be guavas and mangoes; though their frugivore-insectivore diet is determined entirely by the season and abundance of each.  To supplement this diet, they also sometimes munch on small vertebrates, nectar, flowers, buds, seeds, leaves, and gum.

Tasty floral treat

The rainforest is full of delicious treats for the titis! 

(For more information about titis diets and more, click HERE and/or HERE.)


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