Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Food Chain

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_3858

A pyramid of numbers among species in a community. Species in the community differ in their niche parameters. Members of the lowest level (producers) are most abundant and are consumed by a less abundant higher level (primary consumers), which are in turn consumed by an even less abundant higher level (secondary consumers), etc. Insects typically comprise the primary and secondary consumer levels.

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