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What Eats Flowers? (A to Z List of 36 Animals & Photos)

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Examples of animals that eat flowers include black rhinos, bucks, possums, buffalo, and sheep.

Flowers are an important part of the ecosystem. They provide beauty, fragrance, and food to humans and animals alike.

There are many different plants that can be eaten by animals. Some plants are consumed more than others, but they all have certain traits that make them desirable to animals.

Flowers provide a lot of benefits for animals where they can not only consume the flowers but also use them as shelter or protection from predators.

What Animals Eat Flowers?

1. Black Rhino

Black Rhino
Scientific NameDiceros bicornis
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAfrica
DietHerbivore

The black rhino is a species of mammal and eats the flowers from Acacia trees. The acacia tree is able to produce chemicals that prevent other plants from growing around it, which allows for this flower-eating animal’s food source to be very abundant in one area.

2. Black Buck

Blackbuck
Scientific NameAntilope cervicapra
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeIndia, Pakistan, and Nepal
DietHerbivore

The blackbuck is a species of antelope that lives in the Indian subcontinent. The flowers they eat can vary, but one thing remains consistent: these animals love to forage and graze on wildflowers like lantana when given the chance.

3. Common Brushtail Possum

Brushtail Possum
Scientific NameTrichosurus vulpecula
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAustralia’s east coast, eastern South Australia
DietOmnivore

The common brushtail possum is a marsupial that feeds on nectar and blossoms.

4. Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo
Scientific NameSyncerus caffer
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAfrica
DietHerbivore

The Cape buffalo is one of the most commonly seen animals in African wildlife reserves. They are herbivores and enjoy eating flowers as well as other plants.

5. Dall Sheep

dall sheep
Scientific NameOvis dalli
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAlaska
DietHerbivore

These animals live in the mountainous areas of Alaska and Canada. They are large, with thick coats that can protect them from very cold temperatures.

Since they spend most of their time on mountain tops, Dall sheep need to be able to navigate rocky terrain full of sharp rocks.

They eat flowers because they provide food while also helping the animals cross difficult terrain.

6. Eastern Grey Kangaroo

Eastern Grey Kangaroo
Scientific NameMacropus giganteus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAustralia
DietHerbivore

The Eastern Grey Kangaroo is a marsupial that lives in the grasslands, woodlands, and forests of Australia.

A herbivore, these kangaroos eat flowers that grow on trees or shrubs. They have been known to feed on the eucalyptus flower when its blooming season is in-tact.

Related Article: Do Eastern Grey Kangaroo Have Pouches?

7. Eland

Eland
Scientific NameTaurotragus oryx
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAfrica
DietHerbivore

The Eland is a large antelope that lives throughout the southwestern region of Africa. Also known as an oryx, these animals are herbivores and eat leaves, grasses, flowers, and fruit when they have the chance to do so.

8. Iguana

Galapagos Land Iguana
Scientific NameIguana iguana
Type of AnimalReptile
Rangenorthern Mexico, Central America
DietHerbivore

The Iguana is a lizard that lives in Central and South America. These lizards are herbivores and enjoy eating flowers, specifically petals. They will also eat the nectar inside of flowers if they can get to it.

9. Koala

Koalas sitting in a tree
Scientific NamePhascolarctos cinereus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAustralia
DietHerbivore

The Koala is another marsupial that lives in Australia and consumes eucalyptus flowers as its main source of food.

They have been known to eat leaves, bark, and buds from trees but nothing compares to the sweet nectar found inside a fresh eucalyptus flower.

10. Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat

wombat
Scientific NameLasiorhinus krefftii
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAustralia
DietHerbivore

The Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat is a marsupial that lives in the woodlands and grassy plains of Australia.

A herbivore, these wombats eat flowers from trees or shrubs during certain seasons. They have been known to feed on Acacia species when its blooming season is in-tact.

11. Moose

moose
Scientific NameAlces alces
Type of AnimalMammal
Rangenorthern regions of the United States
DietHerbivore

Moose are herbivores, meaning they eat vegetables and plants as their main food source. They prefer to eat the leaves of deciduous trees in summer and will switch to eating twigs and flowers from coniferous trees during wintertime.

12. Monito Del Monte

Scientific NameDromiciops gliroides
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeChile
DietOmnivore

Monitos del Monte are members of the rodent family and will eat plants like flowers in order to get their daily nutrients. Some examples include: Ophrys sphegodes (Bee Orchid), Disa bivalvata (Porcupine Flower)

13. Mountain Brushtail Possum

Scientific NameTrichosurus cunninghami
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAustralia
DietOmnivore

The mountain brushtail possum is a small marsupial that is found in Australia. This animal enjoys eating the flowers of eucalyptus trees, as well as other types of flowers. They are not picky eaters and will consume any type of flower they come across.

14. Mouse Opossum

mouse opossum
Scientific NameMarmosa
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeCentral and South America
DietOmnivore

The Mouse Opossum is a marsupial and native to the Southern United States. This animal has grayish-brown fur, with white coloring on its stomach.

It gets its name from how it carries babies: in a pouch much like an actual mouse. The Mouse opossum feeds mainly on insects but can be found eating flowers as well.

15. Musky Rat Kangaroo

Scientific NameHypsiprymnodon moschatus
Type of AnimalMammal
Range northeastern Australia
DietHerbivore

The musky rat-kangaroo is a marsupial that can be found in the forests of Australia. This small creature is the only known member of its family, and it is quite unique in that it eats flowers.

It gets most of its water from the flowers it consumes, and it also enjoys eating the nectar inside.

16. Nyala

Nyala
Scientific NameTragelaphus angasii
Type of AnimalMammal
Rangesouthern Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and eastern South Africa
DietHerbivore

The Nyala is an antelope that can be found in Africa. They are herbivores and enjoy eating flowers as well as leaves, buds, and fruits. One of their favorite flowers to eat is the protea flower.

17. Nilgiri Tahr

Tahr
Scientific NameNilgiritragus hylocrius
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeWestern Ghats
DietHerbivore

The Nilgiri tahr is a species of wild goat that lives in the hills of South India.  They are known to eat flowers from “Buchanania lanzan”.

They also feed on grasses, leaves, and twigs when they can’t find enough flowers in their habitat.

18. Patagonian Opossum

Scientific NameLestodelphys halli
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeArgentina
DietOmnivore

Petals are the favorite food for this marsupial, but they also love to eat insects. They have a strong sense of smell that leads them straight to nectar and pollen-filled flowers in order to get their nutritional needs met.

The Patagonian Opossum is found in Argentina and Chile.

19. Pig-Footed Bandicoot

Bandicoot
Scientific NameChaeropus ecaudatus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAustralia
DietOmnivore

The pig-footed bandicoot is a small mammal that enjoys eating flowers. These mammals can be found in Australia and New Guinea, where they also enjoy feeding on fruits and seeds.

20. Pygmy Glider

Scientific NameAcrobates pygmaeus
Type of AnimalMammal
Rangeeastern Australia
DietOmnivore

The pygmy glider is a small marsupial that lives in the trees of Australia and Tasmania. These animals love to eat flowers, particularly those from eucalyptus and grevillea trees.

21. Parrots

African Grey Parrot
Scientific NamePsittaciformes
Type of AnimalBird
RangeWorldwide
DietOmnivore

Parrots are very intelligent, colorful birds that come in many different varieties. Many parrots enjoy eating flowers and will devour the petals off of flowers because they contain nectar.

22. Quoll

quoll
Scientific NameDasyurus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAustralia
DietOmnivore

The quoll is a small, omnivorous marsupial that is found in Australia and New Guinea. These animals are known to eat flowers, specifically petals.They are also known to eat insects, lizards, and other small prey.

23. Rabbit-Eared Bandicoots

Scientific NameMacrotis
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAustralia
DietOmnivore

These little creatures are called rabbit-eared bandicoots. They have long snouts that help them reach the nectar inside of flowers, and stripes on their backs that protect them from predators.

24. Rabbits

European Rabbit
Scientific NameOryctolagus cuniculus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeWorldwide
DietHerbivore

Rabbits are herbivores, which means they eat vegetables and fruits. Rabbits enjoy eating flowers because the petals offer a sweet treat that is low in calories.

25. Short-Headed Glider

Scientific NamePetaurus breviceps
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeNew Guinea to Tasmania
DietOmnivore

The short-headed glider is a small, nocturnal marsupial that can be found in Australia. This creature eats a variety of things, including flowers.

They are particularly fond of the nectar inside flowers and will often lick the petals to get to it.

26. Short-Tailed Opossums

Scientific NameMonodelphis domestica
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeBrazil, Bolivia, Argentina, and Paraguay
DietOmnivore

Short-tailed opossums are omnivores, and they enjoy eating a variety of different things. However, one of their favorite snacks is flowers. They love the taste of both the petals and the nectar inside.

27. Snails

snail
Scientific NameGastropoda
Type of AnimalGastropod
RangeWorldwide
DietOmnivorous

You will often find snails in your garden munching away at the flowers you’ve tended to so carefully! Interestingly, snails eat flowers but also vegetables, leaves, algae, and fungus. There are some species of snails that are even carnivorous.

28. Sugar Glider

Sugar Glider
Scientific NamePetaurus breviceps
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAustralia
DietOmnivore

The sugar glider is a small marsupial that lives in the forests of Australia. They tend to eat mostly native plants and flowers, like eucalyptus blossoms or grevillea petals.

29. Tortoises

Desert Tortoise
Scientific NameTestudinidae
Type of AnimalReptile
RangeWorldwide
DietOmnivore

Tortoises generally eat flowers throughout the day. They like to graze on different things, including grasses and leaves but they do not mind chomping down some fresh petals.

30. Thick-Tailed Opossum

Scientific NameLutreolina crassicaudata
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeMexico to northeastern Argentina
DietOmnivore

The thick-tailed opossum is a marsupial that lives in Central and South America. It eats flowers like birds of paradise, wild ginger, heliconia, and bananas (along with insects). This animal also prefers to eat fruit over any other food source.

31. Virginia Opossum

Virginia Opossum
Scientific NameDidelphis virginiana
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeMexico
DietOmnivore

The Virginia opossum is a common mammal that lives in North America. They eat many different things but one of their favorites is flowers.

These include dandelions, periwinkle, and even the flower from an oak tree which they will eat off branches.

32. Wallaby

Wallaby
Scientific NameNotamacropus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAustralia
DietHerbivore

Wallabies are herbivores, which means they eat plants. They enjoy eating the nectar inside of flowers and will sometimes even pull them out to get at it.

33. Wallaroo

Scientific NameMacropus robustus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAustralia
DietHerbivore

Wallaroos are marsupials that live in Australia and eat a variety of things, including flowers. They particularly enjoy the petals of flowers, but will also eat the nectar inside.

Wallaroos can be found in many different habitats, including forests, grasslands, and even deserts.

34. Water Opossum

Scientific NameChironectes minimus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeMexico to Argentina
DietOmnivore

The water opossum is a small, semiaquatic mammal that can be found throughout most of Central and South America.

This creature is known to eat a variety of things, including insects, fruits, flowers, and even other small animals. Interestingly, the water opossum has been observed eating the flowers of the Victoria amazon.

35. Wombats

wombat
Scientific NameVombatidae
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAustralia
DietHerbivore

Wombats are herbivores, meaning they only eat vegetation. However, in the wild wombats will sometimes eat flowers when there is nothing else to snack on. Flowers make up about 25% of their diet.

36. Water Buffalo

Wild Water Buffalo
Scientific NameBubalus bubalis
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeIndian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and China
DietHerbivore

Water buffalo is a large, herbivorous animal that can be found in many parts of the world.

Interestingly, these animals enjoy eating flowers and will often graze on plants with flower heads. They particularly like to eat the nectar inside of flowers, as well as the petals themselves.

Conclusion

Flowers are a common food for many herbivores because they provide sugars and energy for them to carry on with their day. The above examples of animals that eat flowers are just a small sample of the thousands of flower-eating animals.

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