Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus varius

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Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are common winter visitors at the Arboretum. These medium-sized woodpeckers are overall spotted with black, white, and yellow, with a distinctive white stripe on the edge of the folded wing. Sapsuckers drill rows of small, shallow holes in tree bark and will lap up the sap and any small insects that are attracted to the sugary liquid. Many other animals rely on sapsucker holes as a food source in early spring, including Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Question Mark Butterflies.

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  4. (c) Len Worthington, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA),
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