A TALLGRASS PRAIRIE FOOD WEB

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PRODUCERS
(green plants)
including…
Sunflower
Harvester
Ant
Prairie
Chicken
Prairie
Vole
Meadowlark
TALLGRASS PRAIRIE
Swainson’s
Hawk
Mole
Gray
Fox*
Earthworm
SCAVENGERS & DECOMPOSERS
* Gray foxes are scavengers, too.
SCAVENGERS
&
DECOMPOSERS
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OTHER PRAIRIE
KEY: HOW THE ENERGY FLOWS
Grasshopper
SECONDARY
& TERTIARY
CONSUMERS
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NORTH AMERICAN…
Indian
Grass
PRIMARY
CONSUMERS
Other creatures specialize.
Harvester ants forage for leaves.
Earthworms eat dead plants and
animals (and are eaten by moles
as well as other animals).
Indian
Paintbrush
PRODUCERS
Some creatures play several roles
there. The gray fox is an
omnivore. It eats plant material—
sunflower seeds—as well as
animals. It’s also a scavenger (eats
dead animals).
Sun
SUN
The tallgrass prairie of the
Midwest, once grazed by millions
of buffalo, has been plowed
under for cropland and bulldozed
for cities, industry, and highways.
But in a few nature preserves,
the tallgrass prairie is being
restored.
delivers
energy
to…
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A TALLGRASS PRAIRIE FOOD WEB
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